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Lopsidedness and sloshing in centres of advanced mergers of galaxies

Jog, Chanda J and Maybhate, Aparna (2007) Lopsidedness and sloshing in centres of advanced mergers of galaxies. In: Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 3 . pp. 79-80.

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We measure the non-axisymmetry in the luminosity distribution in the central few kpc of a sample of advanced mergers of galaxies, by analyzing their 2MASS images. All mergers show a high central asymmetry: the centres of isophotes show a striking sloshing pattern with a spatial variation of upto 30% within the central 1 kpc; and the Fourier amplitude for lopsidedness (m = 1) shows high values upto 0.2 within the central 5 kpc. The central asymmetry is estimated to be long-lived, lasting for ~ a few Gyr or ~ 100 local dynamical timescales. This will significantly affect the dynamical evolution of this region, by helping fuel the central active galactic nucleus, and also by causing the secular growth of the bulge driven by lopsidedness.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Cambridge University Press.
Keywords: galaxies;evolution - galaxies;kinematics and dynamics - galaxies;interactions
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2011 07:15
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2011 07:15
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/39924

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