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Astron. Astrophys. 361, 863-876 (2000)

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1.65 µm (H-band) surface photometry of galaxies

V. Profile decomposition of 1157 galaxies * **

G. Gavazzi 1, P. Franzetti 1, M. Scodeggio 2, A. Boselli 3 and D. Pierini 4

1 Università degli Studi di Milano - Bicocca, Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo 1, 20126 Milano, Italy
2 Istituto di Fisica Cosmica "G. Occhialini", CNR, Via Bassini 15, 20133 Milano, Italy
3 Laboratoire d'Astronomie Spatiale, Traverse du Siphon, 13376 Marseille Cedex 12, France
4 Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Postfach 103980, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Received 10 April 2000 / Accepted 20 July 2000


We present near-infrared H-band (1.65 µm) surface brightness profile decomposition for 1157 galaxies in five nearby clusters of galaxies: Coma, A1367, Virgo, A262 and Cancer, and in the bridge between Coma and A1367 in the "Great Wall". The optically selected ([FORMULA]) sample is representative of all Hubble types, from E to Irr+BCD, except dE and of significantly different environments, spanning from isolated regions to rich clusters of galaxies. We model the surface brightness profiles with a de Vaucouleurs [FORMULA] law (dV), with an exponential disk law (E), or with a combination of the two (B+D). From the fitted quantities we derive the H band effective surface brightness ([FORMULA]) and radius ([FORMULA]) of each component, the asymptotic magnitude [FORMULA] and the light concentration index [FORMULA]. We find that: i) Less than 50% of the Elliptical galaxies have pure dV profiles. The majority of E to Sb galaxies is best represented by a B+D profile. All Scd to BCD galaxies have pure exponential profiles. ii) The type of decomposition is a strong function of the total H band luminosity (mass), independent of the Hubble classification: the fraction of pure exponential decompositions decreases with increasing luminosity, that of B+D increases with luminosity. Pure dV profiles are absent in the low luminosity range [FORMULA]  [FORMULA] and become dominant above [FORMULA]  [FORMULA] .

Key words: galaxies: fundamental parameters – galaxies: photometry – infrared: galaxies

* Based on observations taken at TIRGO, Gornergrat, Switzerland (operated by CAISMI-CNR, Arcetri, Firenze, Italy) and at the Calar Alto Observatory (operated by the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Heidelberg) jointly with the Spanish National Commission for Astronomy).
** Table 2 and Fig. 2, Fig. 3, Fig. 4 are available in their entirety only in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to ftp://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/pub/cats/J/A+A/361/863 ( or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/361/863

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© European Southern Observatory (ESO) 2000

Online publication: October 10, 2000