The broadband optical properties of galaxies with redshifts 0.02 z 0.22
Blanton, M R; Hogg, D; Bahcall, N A; Baldry, I K; Brinkmann, J; Csabai, I; Eisenstein, D; Fukugita, M; Gunn, J E; Ivezic, Z
WoS ID: 000185087400016
Scopus ID: 5644297638
Using photometry and spectroscopy of 183,487 galaxies from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, we present bivariate distributions of pairs of seven galaxy properties: four optical colors, surface brightness, radial profile shape as measured by the Sersic index, and absolute magnitude. In addition, we present the dependence of local galaxy density (smoothed on 8 h(-1) Mpc scales) on all of these properties. Several classic, well-known relations among galaxy properties are evident at extremely high signal-to-noise ratio: the color-color relations of galaxies, the color-magnitude relations, the magnitude-surface brightness relation, and the dependence of density on color and absolute magnitude. We show that most of the i-band luminosity density in the universe is in the absolute magnitude and surface brightness ranges used: - 23.5 < M-0,M-1i < - 17.0 mag and 17 < mu(0.1i) < 24 mag in 1 arcsec(2) [ the notation (z)b represents the b band shifted blueward by a factor (1 + z)]. Some of the relationships between parameters, in particular the color-magnitude relations, show stronger correlations for exponential galaxies and concentrated galaxies taken separately than for all galaxies taken together. We provide a simple set of fits of the dependence of galaxy properties on luminosity for these two sets of galaxies and other quantitative details of our results.