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The Faint End of the Galaxy Luminosity Function in Rich Clusters

  • R.M. Smith (a1), S. Phillips (a2), S.P. Driver (a3) and W.J. Couch (a4)

Abstract

Recent results on the determination of the shape of the faint end of the galaxy luminosity function in rich clusters are discussed. There is increasing evidence that in many cases the faint end of the function is steep, indicating a large population of dwarf, possibly low surface-brightness, galaxies. In addition, the magnitude at which the turn-up appears is approximately constant with richness and distance. However, it is clear that not all clusters show such a feature.

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