The global, local and cluster galaxy luminosity function

Simon Driver, Roberto De Propris

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We review selected measurements of the galaxy luminosity function including the field, the local group, the local sphere, nearby clusters (Virgo, Coma and Fornax) and clusters in general. We conclude that, excluding the super-luminous cD and D galaxies, the overall cluster luminosity function is fully consistent with the field luminosity function over the magnitude range in common (-22 ≤ MB 5logh0.68 ≤ -17). We find that only in the core regions of clusters (r ≤ 300 kpc) does the overall form of the luminosity function show significant variation. However when the luminosity function is subdivided by spectral type some further variations are seen. We argue that these results imply: substantial late infall, efficient star-formation suppression, and the confinement of mass-changing evolutionary processes to the core regions only.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-184
Number of pages10
JournalAstrophysics and Space Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


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