The effect of dust on Tremaine-Weinberg measurements

Gerssen, J. and Debattista, Victor P orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-7902-0116 (2007) The effect of dust on Tremaine-Weinberg measurements. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 378 (1). pp. 189-197. ISSN 0035-8711

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We investigate the effect of dust on the observed rotation rate of a stellar bar. The only direct way to measure this quantity relies on the Tremaine & Weinberg (TW) method which requires that the tracer satisfies the continuity equation. Thus, it has been applied largely to early-type barred galaxies. We show using numerical simulations of barred galaxies that dust attenua- tion factors typically found in these systems change the observed bar pattern speed by 20– 40 per cent. We also address the effect of star formation on the TW method and find that it does not change the results significantly. The results presented here suggest that applications of the TW method can be extended to include barred galaxies covering the full range of Hubble type.

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