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Origin of Disk Lopsidedness in Spiral Galaxies

Angiras, RA and Jog, CJ and Dwarakanath, KS and Omar, A and Verheijen, MAW (2009) Origin of Disk Lopsidedness in Spiral Galaxies. In: ASP Conference Series, Vol. 407, proceedings of the conference , Dec 8-12, 2009, NCRA, TIFR, Pune.

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Abstract

In our work we have used the atomic hydrogen [HΙ] gas distribution in the HΙ 21-cm line emission to study the dark matter halo perturbations. For tHΙs analysis, the 2-D HΙ surface density and velocity maps (arcHΙval) of the galaxies in the Eridanus group (obtained using the GMRT) and in the Ursa Major group (obtained from WSRT) were used. In addition a few HΙckson Compact Groups of galaxies were also studied using the GMRT. The HΙ maps of these galaxies were Fourier analysed to estimate the asymmetry in the distribution and motion of gas. The average asymmetry parameter in the 1.5 to 2.5 K′-band scale lengths was found to be ~ 0.27 for the Eridanus group of galaxies wHΙle it was ~ 0.14 for the Ursa Major group of galaxies. The asymmetries in the distribution of HΙ as a function of Hubble type of galaxies were also studied and was found to be directly correlated with the compactness of the groups. In addition, the trend in the asymmetry as a function of the Hubble type of galaxies was opposite to that seen in the field galaxies, i.e., in the group galaxies, the early type galaxies showed more asymmetry than late type. These two aspects indicated that tidal interactions between the galaxies in a group environment to be the major cause of asymmetries. The observed asymmetry parameters were consistent with recent numerical simulations of asymmetries of gas disk caused by fly-by interactions. We have also estimated the perturbation of dark matter halo using the asymmetry parameter obtained from the Fourier series analysis of the surface density maps.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2011 09:47
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2011 08:43
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/40724

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