Volume 532, August 2011
|Number of page(s)||27|
|Section||Catalogs and data|
|Published online||26 July 2011|
The EFIGI catalogue of 4458 nearby galaxies with detailed morphology⋆
Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6, Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, 98 bis Boulevard Arago, 75014 Paris, France
2 CNRS, UMR 7095, Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, 98 bis Boulevard Arago, 75014 Paris, France
3 Université Paul Sabatier-Toulouse III, Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Toulouse Tarbes, 14 Avenue Edouard Belin, 31400 Toulouse, France
4 CNRS UMR 5572, Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Toulouse Tarbes, 14 Avenue Edouard Belin, 31400 Toulouse, France
5 Université de Provence Aix-Marseille 1, Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille, Traverse du Siphon-Les trois Lucs, BP 8, 13376 Marseille Cedex 12, France
6 CNRS UMR 6110, Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille, Traverse du Siphon-Les trois Lucs, BP 8, 13376 Marseille Cedex 12, France
7 Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation, Kamuela, HI - 96743, USA
8 Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Centre de Recherche Astronomique de Lyon, Observatoire de Lyon, 69561 St. Genis Laval, France
9 CNRS UMR 5574, Centre de Recherche Astronomique de Lyon, Observatoire de Lyon, 69561 St. Genis Laval, France
10 ENS-L, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Centre de Recherche Astronomique de Lyon, Observatoire de Lyon, 69561 St. Genis Laval, France
11 Special Astrophysical Observatory, Nizhnij Arkhyz, Zelenchukskij region, Karachai-Cirkassian Republic 369167, Russia
12 Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, BP 4229, 06304 Nice Cedex 4, France
13 CNRS UMR 6202, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, BP 4229, 06304 Nice Cedex 4, France
Received: 31 December 2010
Accepted: 6 April 2011
Context. Now that modern imaging surveys have produced large databases of galaxy images advanced morphological studies have become possible. This has driven the need for well-defined calibration samples.
Aims. We present the EFIGI catalogue, a multi-wavelength database specifically designed to densely sample all Hubble types. The catalogue merges data from standard surveys and catalogues (Principal Galaxy Catalogue, Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Value-Added Galaxy Catalogue, HyperLeda, and the NASA Extragalactic Database) and provides detailed morphological information.
Methods. Imaging data were obtained from the SDSS DR4 in the u, g, r, i, and z bands for a sample of 4458 PGC galaxies, whereas photometric and spectroscopic data were obtained from the SDSS DR5 catalogue. Point-spread function models were derived in all five bands. Composite colour images of all objects were visually examined by a group of astronomers, and galaxies were assigned positions in the Hubble sequence and classified according to 16 morphological attributes describing their structure, texture, environment and appearance on a five-level scale.
Results. The EFIGI Hubble sequence is in remarkably good agreement with the RC3 Revised Hubble Sequence. The main characteristics and reliability of the catalogue are examined, including photometric completeness, type mix, systematic trends and correlations.
Conclusions. The final EFIGI database is a large sub-sample of the local Universe which densely samples Sd, Sdm, Sm and Im types compared to magnitude-limited catalogues. We estimate that the photometric catalogue is more than ≈ 80% complete for galaxies with 10< g < 14. More than 99.5% of EFIGI galaxies have known redshifts in the HyperLeda and NED databases.
Key words: astronomical databases: miscellaneous / catalogs / Galaxy: fundamental parameters / galaxies: spiral / galaxies: dwarf / galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD
EFIGI catalogue is available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (22.214.171.124) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/532/A74
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