Journal or Book Title
GALAXY EVOLUTION: THEORY AND OBSERVATIONS
The unprecedented sky coverage and photometric uniformity of the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) provides a rich resource for obtaining a detailed understanding of the galaxies populating our local (z<0.1) Universe. A full characterization of the physical structure of nearby galaxies is essential for theoretical and observational studies of galaxy evolution and structure formation. We have begun a quantified description of the internal structure and morphology of 10,000 bright (10<11) 2MASS galaxies through multi-component model fits to the 2D surface brightness profiles using GIM2D. From our initial Monte Carlo tests on 77 galaxies drawn at random from the RC3, we find that the model derived structural parameter errors due to sky uncertainies are typically less than 10%.
Book Series Title
REVISTA MEXICANA DE ASTRONOMIA Y ASTROFISICA, SERIE DE CONFERENCIAS
McIntosh, DH; Maller, AH; Katz, N; and Weinberg, MD, "Structure of bright 2MASS galaxies: 2D fits to the K-S-band surface brightness profiles" (2003). GALAXY EVOLUTION: THEORY AND OBSERVATIONS. 53.