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Galaxy Zoo: Quantifying Morphological Indicators of Galaxy Interaction

Abstract:

We use Galaxy Zoo 2 visual classifications to study the morphological signatures of interaction between similar-mass galaxy pairs in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. We find that many observable features correlate with projected pair separation; not only obvious indicators of merging, disturbance and tidal tails, but also more regular features, such as spiral arms and bars. These trends are robustly quantified, using a control sample to account for observational biases, producing measurements of...

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10.1093/mnras/sts391

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Casteels, KRV More by this author
Bamford, SP More by this author
Skibba, RA More by this author
Masters, KL More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Astrophysics
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Journal:
MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
Volume:
429
Issue:
2
Pages:
1051-1065
Publication date:
2012-06-21
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EISSN:
1365-2966
ISSN:
0035-8711
URN:
uuid:2e020b73-b0ea-4da4-826d-ceb2617f7161
Source identifiers:
341359
Local pid:
pubs:341359
Language:
English
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