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Volume 396, Number 2, December III 2002
Page(s) 431 - 438
Section Extragalactic astronomy
Published online 03 December 2002

A&A 396, 431-438 (2002)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20021451

The 2MASS Tully-Fisher relation for flat edge-on galaxies

I. D. Karachentsev1, S. N. Mitronova1, 2, V. E. Karachentseva3, Yu. N. Kudrya3 and T. H. Jarrett4

1  Special Astrophysical Observatory, Russian Academy of Sciences, N.Arkhyz, KChR, 369167, Russia
2  Isaac Newton Institute of Chile, SAO Branch, Russia
3  Astronomical Observatory of the Kiev National University, 04053, Observatorna 3, Kiev, Ukraine
4  Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, Mail Stop 100-22, California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

(Recieved 10 July 2002 / Accepted 5 September 2002 )

The spiral edge-on galaxies from the "Revised Flat Galaxy Catalog" (RFGC) are identified with the Extended Source Catalog of the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS). The relative number of 2MASS detected galaxies is 2996/4236 = 0.71. We consider the statistical properties of the Tully-Fisher relations for the edge-on galaxies in the B, I, J, H, and $K_{\rm s}$ bands. The slope of derived TF relations increases steadily from 4.9 in the B band to 9.3 in the K one. The effect is mainly due to the internal extinction, which is different in dwarf and giant spiral galaxies seen edge-on, that leads to the tight correlation between galaxy color and luminosity. The moderate scatter of the RFGC galaxies in the "color-luminosity" diagram, 0 $\fm$86, provides us with a "cheap" method of mass measurements of distances to galaxies on the basis of modern photometric sky surveys.

Key words: galaxies: spiral -- galaxies: fundamental parameters

Offprint request: S .N. Mitronova,

© ESO 2002

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