Volume 378, Number 1, October IV 2001
|Page(s)||82 - 96|
|Section||Cosmology (including clusters of galaxies)|
|Published online||15 October 2001|
Near infrared observations of the truncation of stellar disks
Dpto. Física Teórica y del Cosmos, Universidad de Granada, Spain
2 Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Vía Láctea, s/n, La Laguna, Tenerife
3 Groningen Kapteyn Laboratorium, Groningen, The Netherlands
Corresponding author: E. Florido, email@example.com
Accepted: 22 August 2001
We present a first study of truncation of the stellar disks of spiral galaxies in the near infrared. Observations of NGC 4013, NGC 4217, NGC 6504 and NGC 5981 were made with the CAIN NIR camera on the CST in Tenerife. This wavelength range provides the best description of the phenomenon, not only because extinction effects are minimized, but also because the distribution of the old stellar population is directly obtained. The four galaxies are edge-on and an inversion method was developed to obtain the deprojected profiles. We did not assume any model of the different galactic components. The "truncation curve" , i.e. , where μ is the actual surface brightness in and the exponential disk surface brightness, has been obtained with unprecedented precision. It is suggested that is proportional to , where is the truncation radius, i.e. the radius beyond which no star is observed.
Key words: galaxies: structure / galaxies: photometry
© ESO, 2001
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