An Analysis of 900 Rotation Curves of Southern Sky Spiral Galaxies: Are the Dynamics Constrained to Discrete States?

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Scientific Paper
Title An Analysis of 900 Rotation Curves of Southern Sky Spiral Galaxies: Are the Dynamics Constrained to Discrete States?
Author(s) David F Roscoe
Keywords spiral galaxies, rotation curves
Published 1997
Journal None
Pages 291-301

Abstract

One of the largest rotation curve data bases of spiral galaxies currently available is that provided by Persic and Salucci (1995; hereafter, PS) which has been derived by them from unreduced rotation curve data of which has been derived by them from unreduced rotation curve data of which has been derived by them from unreduced rotation curve data of 965 southern sky spirals obtained by Mathewson, Ford and Buchhorn (1992; hereafter, MFB). Of the original sample of 965 galaxies, the observations on 900 were considered by PS to be good enough for rotation curve studies, and the present analysis concerns itself with these 900 rotation curves. The analysis is performed within the context of the hypothesis that velocity fields within spiral discs can be described by generalized power-laws. Rotation curve data is found to impose an extremely strong and detailed correlation between the free parameters of the power-law model, and this correlation accounts for virtually all the variation in the pivotal diagram. In the process, the analysis reveals completely unexpected structure which indicates that galactic dynamics are constrained to discrete states.