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Volume 401, Number 2, April II 2003
Page(s) 471 - 478
Section Extragalactic astronomy
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20030179

A&A 401, 471-478 (2003)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20030179

Optical spectroscopy and the UV luminosity function of galaxies in the Abell 1367, Coma and Virgo clusters

L. Cortese1, G. Gavazzi1, J. Iglesias-Paramo2, A. Boselli2 and L. Carrasco3, 4

1  Universitá degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, P.zza della Scienza 3, 20126 Milano, Italy
    e-mail: Giuseppe.Gavazzi@mib.infn.it
2  Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille, BP8, Traverse du Siphon, 13376 Marseille, France
    e-mail: jorge.iglesias@oamp.fr; alessandro.boselli@oamp.fr
3  Instituto Nactional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica, Apartado Postal 51 C.P. 72000 Puebla, Pue., Mexico
    e-mail: carrasco@transum.inaoep.mx
4  Observatorio Astronomico Nacional/UNAM, Ensenada B.C., Mexico

(Received 12 November 2002 / Accepted 14 January 2003 )

Optical spectroscopy of 93 galaxies, 60 projected in the direction of Abell 1367, 21 onto the Coma cluster and 12 on Virgo, is reported. The targets were selected because they were detected in previous H $\alpha$, UV or r' surveys. The present observations bring to 100% the redshift completeness of H $\alpha$ selected galaxies in the Coma region and to 75% in Abell 1367. All observed galaxies except one show H $\alpha$ emission and belong to the clusters. This confirms previous determinations of the H $\alpha$ luminosity function of the two clusters that were based on the assumption that all H $\alpha$ detected galaxies were cluster members. Using the newly obtained data we re-determine the UV luminosity function of Coma and we compute for the first time the UV luminosity function of A1367. Their faint end slopes remain uncertain ( $-2.00<\alpha<-1.35$) due to insufficient knowledge of the background counts. If 90% of the UV selected galaxies without redshift will be found in the background (as our survey indicates), the slope of UV luminosity function will be $\alpha$ $\sim-1.35$, in agreement with the UV luminosity function of the field (Sullivan et al. 2000) and with the H $\alpha$ luminosity functions of the two clusters (Iglesias-Paramo et al. 2002). We discover a point-like H $\alpha$ source in the Virgo cluster, associated with the giant galaxy VCC873, possibly an extragalactic HII region similar to the one recently observed in Virgo by Gerhard et al. (2002).

Key words: galaxies: distances and redshifts -- galaxies: luminosity function, mass function -- galaxies: clusters: individuals: Abell 1367, Coma, Virgo

Offprint request: L. Cortese, Luca.Cortese@mib.infn.it

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