The Tully-Fisher Relation (TFR) links two fundamental properties of disk galaxies: their luminosity and their rotation velocity (and thus their mass). The pioneering work of Nicole Vogt in the 1990's showed that it is possible to study the TFR for spiral galaxies at considerable look-back-times, and use it as a powerful tool to study the evolution of these objects. In recent years, several groups have studied the TFR of galaxies in different environments reaching redshifts beyond one. In this talk I summarise the main results of these studies and their consequences for our understanding of the formation and evolution of disk galaxies. Particular emphasis is placed on the possible environment-driven differences in the behaviour of the TFR for field and cluster galaxies.
Galaxy Evolution across the Hubble Time
- Pub Date:
- May 2007
- 4 pages, 2 figures, Proceedings of IAU Symp 235, "Galaxy Evolution across the Hubble Time", Eds. F. Combes &