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INTERLOCKING RESONANCE PATTERNS IN GALAXY DISKS

Font, J and Beckman, JE and Querejeta, M and Epinat, B and James, PA and Blasco-Herrera, J and Erroz-Ferrer, S and Perez, I (2014) INTERLOCKING RESONANCE PATTERNS IN GALAXY DISKS. Astrophysical Journal: Supplement Series, 210 (1). ISSN 0067-0049

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Abstract

We have developed a method for finding dynamical resonances in disk galaxies using the change in sense of the radial component of the in-plane velocity at a resonance radius. Using simulations we show that we would expect to find these changes at corotation radii with a weaker effect at the Lindblad resonances. The method works well with observations at high spectral and angular resolutions, and is suited to the analysis of two-dimensional velocity fields in Hα from Fabry-Perot spectroscopy. We find clear indications of resonance effects in the disk velocity fields of virtually all of the 104 galaxies. The number of resonance radii detected ranges from one to seven, with a median of four. The frequency curves Ω, Ω ± κ/2, Ω ± κ/4 against radius for all the galaxies led us to discover a pattern in over 70% of the sample: given two pattern speeds, say Ω1 and Ω2, the OLR of Ω1 coincides with the corotation of Ω2, and the inner 4:1 resonance of Ω2 coincides with the corotation of Ω1. Although the second coincidence has been predicted, a prediction of this double coincidence is not found in the literature. This pattern is found once in 42 of the galaxies, twice in a further 26, three times in 5, and even four times in 1 galaxy. We also compute the ratio of corotation radius to bar length where we have sufficient image quality, finding a mean value of 1.3, and a shallow increase toward later type galaxies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0201 Astronomical And Space Sciences, 0305 Organic Chemistry, 0306 Physical Chemistry (Incl. Structural)
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
Publisher: IOP PUBLISHING LTD
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Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2015 13:06
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 17:53
DOI or Identification number: 10.1088/0067-0049/210/1/2
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/959

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