Structural Properties of Faint Galaxies with HST

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Session 61 -- Properties and Evolution of Clusters of Galaxies
Display presentation, Thursday, 2, 1994, 9:20-6:30

[61.11] Structural Properties of Faint Galaxies with HST

S. Casertano, K. U. Ratnatunga, R. E. Griffiths, L. W. Neuschaefer (Johns Hopkins University), R. A. Windhorst (Arizona State University), R. S. Ellis, G. Gilmore (IoA, Cambridge), R. F. Green (NOAO), J. P. Huchra (CfA), G. D. Illingworth, D. C. Koo (UCSC), J. A. Tyson (Bell Labs), P. Guhathakurta (STScI)

A catalog of structural properties for over 3,000 faint galaxies has been derived from pre-refurbishment Hubble Space Telescope observations of random sky areas as a part of the Medium Deep Survey, an HST Key Project. Exposures are taken in two passbands, F555W ($ \sim V $) and F785LP ($ \sim I $), and have typical length ranging from 1,000 to 14,000 s. Objects are identified down to typical magnitudes $ V \sim 24 $ and $ I \sim 23 $, and a fitting algorithm based on maximum likelihood is used to determine PSF-corrected sizes, magnitudes, colors, axis ratios, and orientations of galaxies, without explicit use of deconvolution algorithms. Galaxies are fitted as spirals or ellipticals; if sufficiently bright, it is usually possible to classify them between the two. Preliminary results from post-refurbishment observations are also included.

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