Detection of Low Surface Brightness Galaxies in 2MASS
The study of low surface brightness galaxies (LSB) has become popular in recent years owing to their extreme properties (e.g., mass to light ratio) which make them attractive as the harbingers of the so called “missing” dark (baryonic) matter in the universe. The Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) is expected to detect 1 million galaxies, a fraction of which will be LSB type galaxies. We have carried out a preliminary study of LSB galaxies using near-infrared data acquired with the 2MASS prototype camera. We report the results from a study of the Coma cluster and a field located near the north galactic pole.
KeywordsComa Cluster Surface Brightness Radial Profile 2MASS Survey Simple Exponential
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