The Total Mass of DDO 154

  • Claude Carignan
Conference paper
Part of the International Astronomical Union / Union Astronomique Internationale book series (IAUS, volume 171)


The total mass and total extent of galaxies (including their dark halos) are fundamental parameters that are completely unknown for all galaxies. The best estimates we have for spiral and dwarf irregular galaxies come from detailed mass models using extended HI rotation curves. But, in every galaxy studied so far, such analysis only succeeded to derive lower limits of the total mass and total extent of their dark halo out to the last measured velocity point of the rotation curves which are still flat or even rising, implying that more dark mass is present at larger radii.

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Claude Carignan
    • 1
  1. 1.Département de physiqueUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada

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