Published online by Cambridge University Press: 04 August 2017
We report the results of HI observations of eleven gas-rich SO/SOa galaxies with the Westerbork Synthesis Telescope. The majority of these galaxies have most of their hydrogen outside the optical body, in annular configurations with diameters ~2 times the optical. These outer gas rings are often clumped, incomplete, and in approximately circular motion. They may represent the remnants of primordial, often warped, gas disks; or they may have formed from gas (or dwarf galaxies) accreted recently. Optical spectra could discriminate between these possibilities.
A few objects have filled gas disks, and several have inner HI rings with radii ~0.4 × optical. Two objects have peculiar distributions suggesting, respectively, tidal effects and stripping. However, stripping by intergalactic gas appears not to be a major current process.
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