We perform near-infrared photometry of a large sample of 49 superthin edge-on galaxies. These galaxies are selected based on optical photometry because of high radial-to-vertical scale ratio in their stellar disks. The near infrared (NIR) H and K observations were conducted with the cryogenic-cooled camera ASTRONIRCAM on the 2.5 m telescope at the Caucasus Mountain Observatory of Lomonosov Moscow State University. A majority of galaxies in our sample show comparable or better photometric depth than the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) optical images. We estimate the structural parameters of stellar disks in the galaxies and find that the NIR scale height of stellar disks is comparable to that estimated from the optical, SDSS g, r and i, whereas the H and K scale length of the stellar disks is significantly shorter than in the g, r, and i. We investigate if a realistic distribution of dust alone can explain the difference in the scale length and find that in the majority of the galaxies the radial variation of the stellar population is actually responsible for the color distribution. The latter suggests a younger age of the disks periphery, and the inside out building up of stellar disks in the superthin galaxies.
- Pub Date:
- March 2020
- galaxies: photometry;
- galaxies: spiral;
- galaxies: structure;
- Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies
- 10 pages, 6 figures, accepted for publication in Astronomische Nachrichten