Historical Perspectives on the Concept of Galaxy Size

  title={Historical Perspectives on the Concept of Galaxy Size},
  author={Nushkia Chamba},
  journal={Research Notes of the AAS},
  • N. Chamba
  • Published 28 July 2020
  • Physics
  • Research Notes of the AAS
A brief narrative on how the effective radius and isophotal diameters were accepted as galaxy size measures is presented. Evidence suggests that these parameters were defined only based on observational premises, independent of any astrophysical theories. An alternative, new physically motivated size definition based on the expected gas density threshold required for star formation in galaxies is proposed. The intrinsic scatter of the size–stellar mass relation using the new size measure is 0… 



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