Statistical study of M 51-type galaxies
Astronomical Institute of St. Petersburg State University, 198504 St. Petersburg, Russia
2 Isaac Newton Institute of Chile, St. Petersburg Branch, Russia
Corresponding author: V. P. Reshetnikov, email@example.com
Accepted: 12 July 2001
We present a statistical analysis of a new sample of M 51-type galaxies. Using the MCG and VV catalogues, we selected 32 such binary systems. We found that a typical M 51-type pair consists of a bright L* spiral galaxy and a satellite with blue luminosity 1/30-1/3 of the primary one. The main galaxies in such pairs are often barred and have two well-defined spiral arms. M 51-type systems show an enhanced star formation rate (from FIR luminosities). We found a weak dependence of the star formation rate of the system on relative luminosity of the companion. M 51-type galaxies are relatively frequent: about 1/12 of all pairs are of M 51-type.
Key words: galaxies: evolution / galaxies: general / galaxies: interactions / galaxies: photometry / galaxies: peculiar / galaxies: spiral
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