The Thick Disk in the Galaxy NGC 4244 from S^4G Imaging

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dc.contributor.author Buta, Ronald J.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-06T16:01:35Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-06T16:01:35Z
dc.date.issued 2011-02-07 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Comerón, S., et al. (2011): The Thick Disk in the Galaxy NGC 4244 from S^4G Imaging. The Astrophysical Journal, 729(1). DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/729/1/18 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/5684
dc.description.abstract If thick disks are ubiquitous and a natural product of disk galaxy formation and/or evolution processes, all undisturbed galaxies that have evolved during a significant fraction of a Hubble time should have a thick disk. The late-type spiral galaxy NGC 4244 has been reported as the only nearby edge-on galaxy without a confirmed thick disk. Using data from the Spitzer Survey of Stellar Structure in Galaxies (S^4G) we have identified signs of two disk components in this galaxy. The asymmetries between the light profiles on both sides of the mid-plane of NGC 4244 can be explained by a combination of the galaxy not being perfectly edge-on and a certain degree of opacity of the thin disk. We argue that the subtlety of the thick disk is a consequence of either a limited secular evolution in NGC 4244, a small fraction of stellar material in the fragments which built the galaxy, or a high amount of gaseous accretion after the formation of the galaxy. en_US
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dc.language English en_US
dc.subject galaxies: individual (NGC 4244) en_US
dc.subject galaxies: photometry en_US
dc.subject galaxies: spiral en_US
dc.subject galaxies: structure en_US
dc.title The Thick Disk in the Galaxy NGC 4244 from S^4G Imaging en_US
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