Beyond the galaxy luminosity function

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With the advent of large-scale surveys (i.e. Legacy Surveys) it is now possible to start looking beyond the galaxy luminosity function (LF) to more detailed statistical representations of the galaxy population, i.e multivariate distributions. In this review I first summarise the current state-of-play of the B-band global and cluster LFs and then briefly present two promising bivariate distributions: the luminosity-surface brightness plane (LSP) and the colour-luminosity plane (CLP). In both planes galaxy bulges and galaxy disks form marginally overlapping but distinct distributions, indicating two key formation/evolutionary processes (presumably merger and accretion). Forward progress in this subject now requires the routine application of reliable bulge-disk decomposition codes to allow independent investigation of these two key components.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-351
Number of pages8
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


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