Prospects for Recovering Galaxy Intrinsic Shapes from Projected Quantities.

  title={Prospects for Recovering Galaxy Intrinsic Shapes from Projected Quantities.},
  author={R. Bassett and C. Foster},
  journal={arXiv: Astrophysics of Galaxies},
  • R. Bassett, C. Foster
  • Published 2019
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Astrophysics of Galaxies
  • The distribution of three dimensional intrinsic galaxy shapes has been a longstanding open question. The difficulty stems from projection effects meaning one must rely on statistical methods applied to galaxy samples to infer intrinsic shape distributions. Theoretical work using analytical galaxy potentials suggests a relationship between galaxy intrinsic shape (as defined by its "triaxiality", in practice a proxy for how prolate a galaxy is) and the intrinsic misalignment angle between… CONTINUE READING
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