NGC 1300 dynamics – I. The gravitational potential as a tool for detailed stellar dynamics

@article{Kalapotharakos2010NGC1D,
  title={NGC 1300 dynamics – I. The gravitational potential as a tool for detailed stellar dynamics},
  author={Constantinos Kalapotharakos and Panos A. Patsis and Preben Grosb{\o}l},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2010},
  volume={403},
  pages={83-95}
}
In a series of papers, we study the stellar dynamics of the grand design barred-spiral galaxy NGC 1300. In the first paper of this series, we estimate the gravitational potential and we give it in a form suitable to be used in dynamical studies. The estimation is done directly from near-infrared observations. Since the 3D distribution of the luminous matter is unknown, we construct three different general models for the potential corresponding to three different assumptions for the geometry of… 
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