arXiv:1009.0383v1 [astro-ph.CO] 2 Sep 2010
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NGC 1300 Dynamics:
II. The response models
C. Kalapotharakos,1⋆P.A. Patsis,1,2,3and P. Grosbøl3⋆†
1Research Center for Astronomy, Academy of Athens, Soranou Efessiou 4, GR-115 27, Athens, Greece
2Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg, 11 rue de l’Universit´ e, 67000 Strasbourg, France
3European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2, 85748 Garching, Germany
Accepted ..........Received .............;inoriginal form ..........
We study the stellar response in a spectrum of potentials describing the barred spiral galaxy
NGC 1300. These potentials have been presented in a previous paper and correspond to three
different assumptions as regards the geometry of the galaxy. For each potential we consider
a wide range of Ωppattern speed values. Our goal is to discover the geometries and the Ωp
supportingspecific morphologicalfeatures of NGC 1300. For this purposewe use the method
of response models. In order to compare the images of NGC 1300 with the density maps of
our models, we define a new index which is a generalization of the Hausdorff distance. This
index helps us to find out quantitativelywhich cases reproducespecific features of NGC 1300
in an objective way. Furthermore, we construct alternative models following a Schwarzschild
type technique. By this method we vary the weights of the various energy levels, and thus the
orbital contribution of each energy,in order to minimize the differences between the response
density and that deduced from the surface density of the galaxy, under certain assumptions.
We find that the models corresponding to Ωp≈ 16km s−1kpc−1and Ωp≈ 22km s−1kpc−1
are able to reproduce efficiently certain morphological features of NGC 1300, with each one
having its advantages and drawbacks.
Key words: Galaxies: kinematics and dynamics – Galaxies: spiral – Galaxies: structure –
ISM:kinematics and dynamics
In Kalapotharakos et al. (2010) (hereafter Paper I), we have pre-
sented three different general models representing the potential
of NGC 1300. The morphology we investigate can be observed
at a deprojected near-infrared image of the galaxy (Fig. 1). Each
of these model-potentials corresponds to different assumptions re-
garding the distribution of the luminous matter of the galaxy in the
third dimension, perpendicular to the equatorial plane. They repre-
sent limiting cases for the geometry of the system, and vary from
the pure 2D (Model A) to 3D cases. The two 3D cases correspond
either to a pure cylindrical geometry of a 3D disc with a constant
scale height (Model B) or to a combination of a spheroidal com-
ponent representing the central part of the bar with the cylindrical
geometry of a 3D disc for the rest of the luminous mass (Model C).
All of them have the option of the inclusion of two additional terms
in the potential representing the central mass concentration and the
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† Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory,
Chile: program: ESO 69.A-0021.
dark halo component respectively. These terms are constrained by
the kinematical data derived by Lindblad et al. (1997).
We note that in our calculation we do not take into account
the outer spiral arms that exist beyond the edges of the frame of
Fig. 1. These spiral extensions are very weak in the near-infrared,
while they are conspicuous in the optical. This indicates that they
consist mainly of young objects, thus their contribution to the mass
distribution of the galaxy is small (Grosbøl et al. in preparation).
In the present paper we investigate the detailed dynamics in
the three cases using response models (hereafter RM). As we have
already mentioned in Paper I the global dynamical behavior in ro-
tating galaxies, is crucially determined by the assumed value of
the pattern speed Ωp. Thus, in this paper we use the method of
response models (Patsis 2006) in order to find which Ωpvalues, in
eachModel (A,B andC),areabletoreproduce thevarious morpho-
logical features of NGC 1300. We construct our models under the
assumption of a single pattern speed and we will assess the results
at the end. For this reason, we introduce an index that is a gener-
alization of the Hausdorff distance (see e.g. Deza & Deza 2009) so
that we can quantify the (dis)similarity between the density maps
of the response models and the K-band deprojected NGC 1300 im-
age. Comparisons that involve the surface density of the galactic
disc are done under the assumption of a constant M/L ratio (see
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Figure 1. The near-infrared surface brightness of NGC 1300, in gray scale
(color scale in online version). This image has been obtained after applying
all the necessary amendments (see Paper I) and after deprojecting the image
with the considered position and inclination angles (PA, IA)=(87◦,35◦).
The solid curves are six iso-density contours describing the basic contour
shapes of NGC 1300. The adopted distance is D=19.6 kpc.
Paper I). We remind also, that from the image we used (Fig. 1) we
have removed point-like sources, that are likely to be young stellar
clusters (Paper I).
This study allows also the comparison between various re-
sponse models and consequently indicates, which kind of geome-
try applies better to the NGC 1300 case. Nevertheless, our ultimate
goal is the detection of the dynamical mechanisms behind the ob-
served structures (bar and spiral arms). This needs a detailed anal-
ysis of the orbital stellar dynamics for each case and is presented in
Patsis et al. (2010) (hereafter Paper III).
Our paper is structured as follows: in Section 2 we present the
method of response models and the corresponding results. In Sec-
tion 3 we describe the generalized Hausdorff distance that helps us
quantify the similarity between the various response models and
the galaxy. In Section 4 we check the ability of the response mod-
els to describe better the morphological features of NGC 1300 by
varying the relative contribution of the energy levels. Finally, we
discuss our conclusions in Section 5.
2 RESPONSE MODELS
Thesemodels show theresponse of an initiallyaxisymmetric stellar
disc, with particles moving at the beginning of the simulation in
circular orbits determined in the axisymmetric part of the potential.
The steps we follow in our numerical experiments are:
(i) we choose a potential (among Models A, B, C) and the pat-
tern speed value Ωp,
(ii) we populate uniformly the disc up to Rmax = 15kpc (the
(xi,yi) of 106particle positions on the plane are taken at random
Figure 2. The RCR/Rbar ratio as a function of the pattern speed for our
models A (filled symbols) and B (empty symbols). Squares (blue colored in
the online version) and circles (red colored inthe online version) correspond
to the long and the short semi-major axis of the bar, respectively. Note that
there are ranges of Ωpvalues that give multiple Lagrangian points.
(iii) we set each particle in circular motion (in the rotating
(iv) we grow the non-axisymmetric terms of the potential lin-
early from 0 towards their full amplitude within two pattern rota-
(v) we integrate the particles’ orbits for 25 pattern rotations (we
consider that a particle has escaped and we stop the integration of
its orbit when it reaches a radius R > 22 kpc).
(vi) Finally we construct density maps, by converting our data
filesto images. For this we consider a grid and we take into account
the numerical density of the test particles on the disc.
frame) with velocity vcirc=
R, where Φ0is the
axisymmetric part of the potential,
In Paper I we have studied the distribution of the Lagrangian
points in all general models (A, B, C) and for an extended range
of Ωpvalues (see fig. 10 of Paper I). In Fig. 2 we plot the ratio
RCR/Rbarof the corotation radius RCRover the semi-major axis of
the bar Rbaras a function of the corresponding Ωpvalue. We have
omitted the points corresponding to Model C since they are very
close to those of Model B. We have considered the bar extending
up to the outer white isocontour of Fig. 1 (third white contour start-
ing counting from inside). This contour is not symmetric to the
origin, since the right semi-major axis of the bar is longer than the
left one. Thus, we set Rbar= 8.9 kpc for the right semi-major axis
of the bar and Rbar = 8.0 kpc for the left one. From the above it
is obvious that the ratio RCR/Rbardepends on the side of the bar.
The considered RCR value is the radius of the Lagrangian points
(L1,L2) lying in the corresponding side. In Fig. 2 the filled circles
and squares correspond toModel A, while theempty ones toModel
B. The squares (colored blue in the online version) and the circles
(colored red in the online version) represent the ratio RCR/Rbaron
the right and on the left side (L1and L2area), respectively. It is
argued that Rbar should not be longer than the corotation radius
NGC1300 response models
Figure 3. The surface density in gray scale (color scale in the online version) of the RMs corresponding to the potential of the pure 2D case (Model A). At
the top of each panel is indicated the Ωpvalue. In each frame we plot over the density maps of the RMs six representative contours (solid lines) of the K-band
image of NGC 1300 (the same with those plotted in Fig. 1). The density scale is the same as in Fig. 1.
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Figure 4. As Fig. 3, but for the potential corresponding to the cylindrical geometry (Model B).
NGC1300 response models
Figure 5. As Fig. 3, but for the potential corresponding to the (spheroidal + cylindrical) geometry (Model C).
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RCR. This argument is sustained by dynamical studies according to
which the orbital content beyond corotation is not able to support
the bar shape (Contopoulos 1980). In our models, as we have men-
tioned already in Paper I, we see that there are ranges of Ωpvalues
with multiple Lagrangian points (especially in Model A). Particu-
larly, in some cases the ratios RCR/Rbarcorresponding to multiple
Lagrangian points are quite different when we consider as corota-
tion distance the distance of the one or the other Lagrangian point.
E.g. in Model A at Ω ≈ 25 km s−1kpc−1the ratio RCR/Rbarvaries
from ≈ 0.5 (unphysical value since it is significantly lower than 1)
up to ≈ 1.1 (reasonable value). These cases are quite complicated
and lie beyond the standard paradigm. Thus, there is no a priori
knowledge about the orbital behavior and the morphologies they
can support. In any case, the models with Ωp ? 28 km s−1kpc−1
have single Lagrangian points corresponding to significantly low
In this study we present the results corresponding to the Ωp
values from 12 to 26 km s−1kpc−1. Empirically it has been also
realized that beyond the limits of this range the response mod-
els were particularly problematic in the sense that there was ob-
viously no good agreement with the image of the galaxy. The mod-
els with Ωp ? 17km s−1kpc−1correspond to “fast bars” as are
usually called these with RCR/Rbar < 1.4 (Rautiainen et al. 2008;
Debattista & Sellwood 2000).
In Fig. 3 we plot, in gray scale (color scale in online version),
the density maps we obtain from the RMs corresponding to the
potential of Model A (2D case) for the 12 < Ωp< 26 km s−1kpc−1
values. Here, we plot the RMs corresponding to the 8 indicated Ωp
values. However, we have data for models with totally15 Ωpvalues
within the above range of Ωp. On each panel of this figure we have
also overplotted the same (as in Fig. 1) six iso-density contours
(solid lines) of the K-band image of NGC 1300, outlining its major
In this figure we observe that the low Ωpvalues (first row)
fail to reproduce both the bar and the spiral structure. The response
bar is conspicuously broader than the galactic bar, while the spi-
ral arms are absent or flocculent. For higher values of Ωpwe get
spiral arms in good agreement with the real ones (see panel for
Ωp = 16 km s−1kpc−1) although the bar is still broad. For even
higher Ωpvalues (third row) the formed spiral arms of the models
do not match with the spirals of the galaxy. Nevertheless the bar
clearly gets an ansae character in agreement with the NGC 1300
bar morphology (see panel for Ωp= 22 km s−1kpc−1as best ex-
ample). Finally, the highest Ωpvalues (last row) produce very open
spiral arms and/or rings and a disintegrated bar.
Figure 4 presents the RMs for Model B (thick disc, cylindrical
geometry) at the same Ωpvalues as for Model A (Fig. 3). In this
case the response bars have always high density regions at their
ends, underlying a clear ansae-type character. A common feature
is also a density enhancement along the minor axis. The bar mor-
phology has a good relation with the galactic bar for low Ωpval-
ues (two first rows). This indicates that a proper selection of the
bar-supporting orbits might lead to a best fitting of the NGC 1300
bar. As Ωpincreases (panels in the third and forth rows) the re-
sponse bar becomes shorter than that of the galaxy. The response
spiral arms are not always well described but there is a range of
Ωp = 16 − 22 km s−1kpc−1, where occasionally we find high
densities in the models at the regions corresponding to the galactic
Figure5issimilartoFigs.3and 4but now for Model C(spher-
ical and cylindrical geometry). The morphology of the response bar
resembles more the morphology we get in Model A especially for
the lower Ωpvalues (first two rows). However, the inner structure
of the NGC 1300 bar (R ? 2kpc) is fitted clearly better in this case.
The general spiral response is closer to that of Model B while it is
in general fainter.
Up to this point, the similarity between the various RMs and
the morphological features of the galaxy have been made by eye.
Although the eye is usually a good selecting tool it lacks of objec-
tivity and capability of quantification. For this reason, in the next
section, we introduce an index in order to quantify the comparison
between the NGC 1300 morphology and the response models.
3 QUANTITATIVE COMPARISON
In Fig. 1 we have plotted six iso-density contours of NGC 1300
reproducing its basic morphological features. Our goal is to “mea-
sure” in an objective way the similarity of an RM density map with
the galactic morphology. Thus, we want to establish a quantitative
criterion for this resemblance.
The methodology of this study is related with image compar-
ison and pattern recognition techniques. A simple and well known
index used in such studies is the “Hausdorff Distance” dH, that is
defined as follows: let A, B be two non-empty subsets of a metric
space (M,d). In this case the Hausdorff distance dHbetween A and
Considering two sets of points corresponding to two contour lines
and d being the Euclidean distance, dHmeasures the maximum of
the distances between the points of each curve from the other one
(as a whole). It is obvious from the above definition that dH = 0
corresponds to identical lines. The major issue about dHis its sen-
sitivitytooutliers. Let us suppose that a contour lineconsists of two
parts, the major one being identical to a contour line of NGC 1300,
while the minor one being a tiny part far away. In such a case al-
though we have a good matching of the response model with the
galaxy morphology (at least for the specific contour), dHreads a
false high value. There have been proposed many modifications of
dHthat aim to reduce this drawback (Zhao et al. 2005, and refer-
ences therein). Here we introduce an index which is a generaliza-
tion of dHand it is appropriate for our study.
Wecall thisindex“Generalized Hausdorff Distance”,dGH,and
zero length LC1and LC2, respectively. The dGHbetween C1and C2
the Euclidean norm. The integration adds the contributions from all
points, while the division with the curve lengths and the norm ?b?
aims to the normalization of the final dGHvalue so that it can be
comparable for two totally different contour lines. In practice, for
the computation of dGHwe sample both curves with a considerable
number of points NC1, NC2and we calculate the quantity
What we do is to find which contour line of each RM corresponds
NGC1300 response models
Figure 6. In the left-hand column we plot for the RM, the minimum generalized Hausdorff distance dGHvalue relative to the NGC 1300 contour line shown in
the right-hand column (same row). In the middle column we plot the minimum dGHvalues corresponding to SMs (see Sect. 4). Note that filled circles, empty
circles and empty squares (red, blue and green colored lines in the online version) correspond to pure 2D geometry (Model A), to cylindrical geometry (Model
B) and to spheroidal+cylindrical geometry (Model C), respectively. The star symbol (light blue line in the online version) in the left-hand column corresponds
to a scenario with time-dependent Ωp(see Sect. 5).
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Figure 7. The six representative contour lines of NGC 1300 (solid lines) together with the six contour lines corresponding to the minimum dGHvalues (dashed
lines) for all the SMs of Model A. The comparable lines have the same color. There are cases that these models are better than RMs in reproducing some
morphological features of NGC 1300.
to the minimum dGHvalue relative to each one of the contour lines
of NGC 1300 we have plotted in Figs. 1,3-5.
In Fig.6(left-hand column) wehaveplotted theminimum dGH
values corresponding to the NGC 1300 contour lines shown in the
right-hand column of the same figure. Filled circles, empty circles
and empty squares (red, blue and green colored lines in the online
version) correspond to Models A, B and C, respectively. Note that
in this figure we have also included the models corresponding to
Ωpvalues not plotted in Figs. 3-5. Based on this criterion, the basic
trends that are concluded by observing the behavior of dGHfor all
the Models (A, B, C) and for the studied range of Ωpvalues are:
• the lower Ωpvalues in Model A are more efficient (than the
higher ones) in portraying the outer contours corresponding mainly
to the spiral structure of NGC 1300 (see the two first rows of Fig. 6)
• the higher Ωpvalues in Model A are more efficient (than the
lower ones) in portraying the inner contours corresponding to the
barred structure of NGC 1300 (see third to fifth rows of Fig. 6)
• Model B is better than Model A in portraying the spiral struc-
ture in high Ωpvalues, while for low Ωp’s, Model A is in general
better than B, especially at the outermost isocontour (first row of
• Model C is in general worst than Models A and B in portray-
ing the spiral and bar structure, while it is definitely superior in
portraying the very inner area especially for the middle and high
Ωpvalues (see last row of Fig. 6).
Nevertheless, we should have in mind, that the quantification of the
similarity of the contours of the model with those of the galactic
image by means of dGH, cannot in general account for small mor-
phological differences, essentially in the phases, of the two curves.
Despite this drawback dGHis a reliable index in most cases encoun-
tered in the present study.
All the above results are related with the response models and
depend toalargeextent ontheirinitialsetup. Thesemodelsprovide
useful information about the underlying dynamics and the morpho-
logical features they can support. Despite the fact that the setting
up of the models is done in an unbiased way, there is no physical
reason to exclude weighting some energies more than others in an
effort to improve the similarity between RMs and galaxy morphol-
ogy. In order to explore this we modify our models by introducing
weights attached to each energy level. The energies of the particles
aredetermined by giving them circular velocities intheaxisymmet-
ric potential. This determines where they will be end up in the well
NGC1300 response models
Figure 8. Similar to Fig. 7 but for the potential corresponding to the cylindrical geometry (Model B).
of the full potential. However, one can consider a totally different
energy distribution of the particles of the model. The procedure and
the corresponding results are described in the following section.
4 WEIGHTING ENERGY LEVELS
Schwarzschild (1979) in a pioneer study, presented a method
for constructingtime independent
of specific models. His method has been widely used since
then (Richstone 1980, 1982; Schwarzschild 1982; Richstone
1984; Richstone & Tremaine
Merritt & Fridman1996;Cretton et al.
2009) mostly for models representing elliptical galaxies. The
basic idea of this method is very simple: One considers a density
distribution function and then finds the associated potential via the
Poisson equation. The next step is to calculate a library of orbits
corresponding to this potential for the desired energy range. By
assigning a weight to each orbit one tries with the superposition
of the weighted orbits to reproduce the initially imposed density.
For models of normal spiral galaxies, a similar method has been
used in the past by Patsis et al. (1991) for the investigation of the
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self-consistency in 12 galaxies, while in barred-spiral systems has
been applied by Kaufmann & Contopoulos (1996).
In practice what one is looking for is a way to minimize the
difference between the imposed density and that corresponding to
the superposed orbits. This detailed task is very demanding and is
beyond the scope of this paper. Here we will construct our “best”
models acting in a more rough way. We follow the rationale of
Schwarzschild’s method but we assign weights to the various en-
ergy levels. The density distribution for each energy level is con-
sidered being the one we get from the corresponding RM. This as-
sumption is true only for phase space domains where Chaos dom-
inates and for time scales for which the corresponding initial con-
ditions have been evolved and are close to a dynamical equilibrium
due to chaotic mixing. For phase space domains (of specific en-
ergy levels) with significant fractions of regular orbits the above
assumption is just a simplification since the distribution of the par-
ticles on the existing tori can be supposed to be different than that
corresponding to the RMs.
The determination of the weights is made by the following
procedure. Let Nebe the number of Jacobi constant (energy) inter-
vals, which we give to the particles of a response model and Ncthe
number of grid cells we divide the plane (x,y). In this situation we
derive the weights wi,(i = 1,...,Ne, w(i) ? 0), that minimize the
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Figure 9. Similar to Fig. 7 but for the potential corresponding to the (spheroidal + cylindrical) geometry (Model C).
where meijis the mass contribution of the i−th energy interval on
the j−th grid cell and mjthe mass contribution we consider corre-
sponding to the same region at the NGC 1300 image on the j−th
grid cell. We consider the ratio meij/mjin order to treat equally
high and low density regions. The final considered surface density
distribution is given by
j = 1,..., Nc
where dj, Sjare the density and the surface area of the j−th grid
cell, respectively. In the present study, we used Ne= 30 and Nc=
24 × 24 = 576 for the central 576 kpc2area.
Thereupon, we repeat the procedure of the determination of
the contour lines of each of these “Schwarzschild type” models
(hereafter SM) corresponding to the minimum dGHvalue relative
to each contour line of NGC 1300 plotted in Figs. 1 and 3-5.
Going back to Fig. 6, in the middle column, we plot the min-
imum dGH values, similar to the panels in the left-hand column
(RMs), but for the density distribution corresponding to Eq. (5)
(SMs). The comparison between the RMs and SMs behavior of
dGH, shows the following:
• In 2D geometry (Model A, filled circles or red color line in the
online version) the SMs with the high Ωpvalues are more efficient
(than the corresponding RMs) in portraying the spiral structure of
NGC 1300 (panels in the two first rows in Fig. 6).
• In cylindrical geometry (Model B, empty circles or blue color
line in the online version) the SMs with the low Ωp values are
more efficient (than the corresponding RMs) in portraying the bar
of NGC 1300 (third to sixth rows of Fig. 6).
• In spheroidal+cylindrical geometry (Model C, empty squares
or green color line in the online version) the SMs with the lowest
Ωpvalues (Ωp < 16 km sec−1kpc−1) are more efficient (than the
corresponding RMs) in portraying the NGC 1300 bar (third to sixth
rows of Fig. 6).
In Figs. 7-9 we plot the isocontours (dashed lines) corre-
sponding to the minimum dGH with respect to the isocontours of
NGC 1300 (solid lines), for a sample of the SMs of the Models A,
B and C, respectively. These samples include characteristic cases
such asthose withΩp= 16 kms−1kpc−1and Ωp= 22 km s−1kpc−1
. Note that the corresponding isocontour curves (of model and
NGC1300 response models
Figure 10. The “global” dGHindex for all the six contour lines presented in Fig. 6. The left panel corresponds to RMs, while the right one to SMs. These dGH
values represent globally a model. The plotting styles are as in Fig. 6.
galaxy) are plotted in the same color. From these figures, it be-
comes evident the nice behavior of the dGH index in quantifying
the comparison between the models and the image of the galaxy.
In almost all cases low (or high) dGHvalues imply good (or bad)
resemblance between the corresponding curves.
Since the dGHvalues for the various isocontours are by defini-
tion comparable, we can add all the values of each model in order
to get a unique value describing globally the model. Such an in-
dex puts of course equally weights to all isocontours and it could
be low valued in models with no matching curves. Nevertheless,
it is reliable in cases with many model curves showing moderate
resemblance with those of the galactic image. In Fig. 10 we plot,
for all RMs and SMs, this “global” dGHindex for the isocontours
of Fig. 6.
The general conclusions we draw by observing Fig. 10 can be
summarized as follows:
• For Ωp< 20 km s−1kpc−1values, the RM (left-hand panel of
Fig. 10) with the lowest global dGHindex are those corresponding
to Model A.
• The RMs corresponding to Model B and C improve their be-
haviour from low Ωpvalues towards high Ωpvalues (for Model C
only up to Ωp= 24 km s−1kpc−1.)
• The overall behavior of SMs corresponding to Model A are
improved (relative to those of the corresponding RMs) only for Ωp
values around Ωp= 22 km s−1kpc−1.
• The overall behavior of SMs corresponding to Model B are
improved (relative to those of the corresponding RMs) for Ωp ?
23 km s−1kpc−1.
• The overall behavior of SMs corresponding to Model C are
improved (relative to those of the corresponding RMs) only for
Ωp? 14 km s−1kpc−1.
5DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS
We studied the stellar response, under the assumption of a single
pattern speed, for the potential models of the barred-spiral galaxy
NGC 1300 estimated in Paper I and for a wide range of Ωpvalues.
The three potential models of Paper I, correspond to three different
geometries as regards the mass distribution in the third dimension
(perpendicularly to the equatorial plane). Our goal was to find out,
which geometries and which values of Ωpwere able to reproduce
the fundamental morphological features of NGC 1300, i.e. the bar
and the spirals. We used the method of response models (RM), as
in Patsis (2006). So, we start with a uniformly populated disk of
stars moving initially in circular orbits, which are determined in
the axisymmetric part of the potential. We integrate the orbits of
the test particles for many pattern rotations under the full potential
and we get the density maps of the response models as described in
The “by eye” comparison between the RM morphologies and
the image of the galaxy gives useful qualitative information but
it lacks of objectivity and quantification. For this reason we in-
troduced a new index which is a generalized modification of the
Hausdorff distance. This index quantifies the resemblance of two
isocontour lines and enables the determination of the best matching
contour lines (of a model) to each one of the six preselected isocon-
tours of the deprojected K-band image of NGC 1300 (Fig. 1). This
new index testifies the general remarks made by eye and further-
more it describes the quality of the fitting for the individual com-
ponents of the galaxy. Moreover, we investigated possible improve-
ments of the response models as regards their resemblance with the
NGC 1300 morphology, by assigning weights to the contributions
of the various energy levels. This method follows the general con-
cept of Schwarzschild’s methods, but it is simpler in the sense that
it requires weights for the energy levels and not for individual or-
bits. Some of these modified Schwarzschild models (SM) improve
the similarity of specific features of NGC 1300 in comparison to
the original response models.
Below we enumerate our conclusions:
(1) The spiral structure of NGC 1300 is reproduced:
• Best by the RM corresponding to the potential of the pure
2D geometry and for Ωpvalues around 16 km s−1kpc−1. The big
advantage of thismodel is that the spirals of RM and galaxy have
similar pitch angles. The density enhancement of the the RM at
the spiral region is along the same direction as the corresponding
arms of NGC 1300.
• Acceptable by the SM corresponding to the potential of the
pure 2D geometry and for Ωpvalues around 22 km s−1kpc−1.
However, the drawback of this case is that the spirals, especially
the one appearing at the lower part of the figures, have different
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pitch angles than that of the galaxy. The spiral arms of the model
share common regions with the NGC 1300 arms but essentially
cross each other. They also add additional features beyond the
region within which the NGC 1300 barred-spiral structure ex-
• Moderately by the RM and SM corresponding to the po-
tential of the 3D cylindrical geometry and for Ωpvalues around
22 km s−1kpc−1. However, the remarks about the pitch angles of
the spirals we mention above for the 2D case, yield for the thick
disc 3D case as well. On top of that the upper arm is not nicely
reproduced by this model.
(2) The ansae-type bar of NGC 1300 is reproduced:
• Best by the RM and SM corresponding to the potential of
the pure 2D geometry, for Ωpvalues around 22 km s−1kpc−1
(very good is also the dGH index of the RM corresponding to
the potential of the 3D cylindrical geometry again for Ωparound
22 km s−1kpc−1. However, the ansae are reproduced in the cor-
rect regions only in the 2D case)
• Very well by the SM corresponding to the potential
of the 3D cylindrical geometry and for Ωp values around
17 km s−1kpc−1.
• Moderately by the SM corresponding to the potential
of the 3D cylindrical geometry and for Ωp values around
23 km s−1kpc−1.
(3) The inner oval-like shape structure of NGC 1300 is repro-
• Best by the RM and SM corresponding to the potential of
the 3D spheroidal+cylindrical geometry and for almost all Ωp
• Well by the SM corresponding to the potential of the 3D
cylindrical geometry and for Ωpvalues around 22 km s−1kpc−1.
• Moderately by the SM corresponding to the potential of the
pure 2D geometry and for Ωpvalues around 23 km s−1kpc−1.
All the above indicate the tendencies of the models to improve
their similarity with the K-band image of the galaxy for a given ge-
ometry or for a certain Ωprange. However, the relation between
“good” models and the NGC 1300 morphology is not unambigu-
ous. It is obvious that some geometries support better certain mor-
phological features. This may suggest the appropriate geometry for
the description of specific regions of the galaxy (e.g. the central
area should be considered as a spheroidal). Another issue is that
a morphological feature may be reproduced equally well by mod-
els that differ in their pattern speeds. In addition we remind our
assumption of the time-independency of the potential and a con-
stant time-independent Ωp. The study of the stellar dynamics of
our system under these assumptions not only helps us see some ba-
sic trends in the dynamical behaviour that favours the formation of
the one or the other morphological feature, but after all it will in-
dicate the necessity of different assumptions. The evolution of the
models under a time-dependent potential and Ωpis very dubious in
the response model approach, since it requires specific assumptions
for the evolution laws for both potential and Ωp. The assumptions
are free and therefore the number of the possible combinations is
large. Such a study is beyond the scope of this paper and should be
attacked by means of N-body simulations. However, in order to get
a crude impression about how different can be the resulting mor-
phologies if a basic parameter varies with time, we test a scenario
with time dependent Ωpin a fixed potential. We have chosen for
our calculations a pure 2D geometry. The choice is justified by the
fact that the RM corresponding to the pure 2D geometry portrays
on the one hand the spiral structure for Ωp≈ 16 km s−1kpc−1and
on the other hand the ansae-type bar for Ωp ≈ 22 km s−1kpc−1.
We adopted a rather arbitrary evolution law for the increase of Ωp,
Ωp(t) = 19 + 3tanh
5(t − 15)
where the time t is measured in periods corresponding to a pat-
tern rotating with Ωp = 23km s−1kpc−1. The integration time
of the orbits was up to t = 30. In this numerical experiment the
initial value of Ωp = 16 km s−1kpc−1, while the final one is
≈ 22 km s−1kpc−1. In the left-hand columns of Figs. 6 and 10
we have plotted (with star symbol or light blue lines in the on-
line version) the dGHvalues corresponding to each snapshot’s Ωp
value. In these figures we observe that for the time corresponding
to Ωp≈ 17 km s−1kpc−1and Ωp≈ 22 km s−1kpc−1we get a good
resemblance with many isocontours of NGC 1300. This could be
an indication that the present NGC 1300 structure is just a snapshot
in an evolutionary scenario, according to which the observed mor-
phology undergoes successive transient phases. However, whatever
good results we find, we find for increasing Ωpfrom one value to
the other. The opposite procedure, i.e. decreasing Ωpaccording to
the law in Eq. 6 does not lead to equally nice results. Decrease of
Ωpduring an N-body simulation is frequently observed due to dy-
namical friction (Chandrasekhar 1943; Donner & Sundelius 1993;
Debattista & Sellwood 1998), but there is no obvious physical rea-
son for the opposite. In our model the particles that participate in
the spiral structure stay for longer times at the outer regions of the
disc, i.e in regions that evolve dynamically slower than particles
at the central region that contribute to the bar structure. So, by in-
creasing Ωp, the particles that stay longer at the outer disc do not
have enough time to feel the potential. On the other hand particles
staying at the central region of the system respond fast during the
period our simulation reaches the fast Ωpdomain.
Concluding, we remark that taking into account all the models
we constructed as well as the techniques we used to assess them,
there are clearly two Ωpintervals, where we find morphological
features of the models resembling the structures of NGC 1300.
These are Ωpvalues close to 16 and 22 km s−1kpc−1.
Comparing this result with pattern speeds proposed by
other authors for NGC 1300 (England 1989; Lindblad & Kristen
1996), there is a relative agreement between the fast model
of Lindblad & Kristen (1996) and the group of models around
Ωp=22 km s−1kpc−1, which we find matching the NGC 1300
bar (Lindblad & Kristen (1996) propose Ωp=20 km s−1kpc−1for
a distance of the galaxy D=20 Mpc). The alternative solution pro-
posed by the same authors (Ωp=12 km s−1kpc−1) is in a range
of Ωpvalues, where the bars of our RMs are much thicker than
the one of NGC 1300 and the stellar spirals are absent. As re-
gards the work of England (1989), the proposed pattern speed gives
equilibrium points in a narrow zone compatible again with the
Ωp=22 km s−1kpc−1values, as it will become evident in Paper
In any case, the understanding of the observed NGC 1300
morphology goes through the understanding of the underlying dy-
namical mechanisms and this can be done only by studying the
orbital behavior of the “successful” models. This will allow us also
the comparison among them, and is done in Paper III in this series.
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We thank Prof. G. Contopoulos and Dr. Ch. Efthymiopoulos for
fruitful discussions. P.A.P thanks ESO for a two-months stay in
Garching as visitor, where part of this work has been completed.
This work has been partially supported by the Research Committee
of the Academy of Athens through the project 200/739.
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