By Martin J. Rees (auth.), A. C. Fabian (eds.)
Clusters and superclusters of galaxies are the most important items within the Universe. they've been the topic of extreme observational stories at various wavelengths, from radio to X-ray which has provoked a lot theoretical debate and complicated our realizing of the hot evolution of the large-scale constitution of the Universe. the present prestige of the topic is reviewed during this quantity by means of energetic researchers who lectured at a NATO complicated research Institute held in Cambridge, England in July 1991.
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THE ELLIPTICAL/SO/SPIRAL DISTRIBUTION The best-established environmental variation is that of the relative proportions of ellipticals, SO's and spirals. Table I illustrates the phenomenon. These values are taken from a number of sources, including field redshift surveys, group catalogs, and studies of rich clusters. Since populations vary within each category, the numbers should be regarded as representative rather than universally applicable. As the number of galaxies in a grouping increases, the fraction of spirals decreases.
2 mag bluer than the color of the EISO sequence at the same absolute magnitude. IB is a rough measure of the fraction of galaxies with significant amounts of recent star formation. Figure 1, derived from data in Allington-Smith et al. (1992, hereafter AEZO) summarizes the trend of IB with system richness (L cl is the integrated luminosity, in solar units, of all galaxies in the system). Filled circles are data on groups and clusters from AEZO, Geller & Huchra (1983), and Butcher & Oemler (1984); the hatched area at the left represents the field.
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