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Separating Physical Components from Galaxy Spectra by Subspace Methods

  • Ching-Wa Yip (a1), Alex S. Szalay (a1), Andrew J. Connolly (a2) and Tamas Budavári (a1)

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Using subspace methods, we study the distribution of physical components of galaxies in wavelength space. We find that it is valid to assume that the stellar and the gaseous components of galaxies span complementary subspaces. To first order, stellar and gaseous spectral features can be extracted from galaxy spectra through a simple matrix multiplication. By comparing the stellar continua obtained respectively using the model-based and the empirical approach through a commonality measure, we conclude that the latter may lose higher-order spectral features.

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Keck Fellow. Email to authors: cwyip@pha.jhu.edu; szalay@pha.jhu.edu

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Separating Physical Components from Galaxy Spectra by Subspace Methods

  • Ching-Wa Yip (a1), Alex S. Szalay (a1), Andrew J. Connolly (a2) and Tamas Budavári (a1)

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