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The Calibration of the WISE W1 and W2 Tully-Fisher Relation

Neill, J. D. and Seibert, Mark and Tully, R. Brent and Courtois, Hélène and Sorce, Jenny G. and Jarrett, T. H. and Scowcroft, Victoria and Masci, Frank J. (2014) The Calibration of the WISE W1 and W2 Tully-Fisher Relation. Astrophysical Journal, 792 (2). Art. No. 129. ISSN 0004-637X.

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In order to explore local large-scale structures and velocity fields, accurate galaxy distance measures are needed. We now extend the well-tested recipe for calibrating the correlation between galaxy rotation rates and luminosities—capable of providing such distance measures—to the all-sky, space-based imaging data from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) W1 (3.4 μm) and W2 (4.6 μm) filters. We find a correlation of line width to absolute magnitude (known as the Tully-Fisher relation, TFR) of M^(b,i,k,ɑ)_(W1) = -20.35 - 9.56(log W^i_(mx) - 2.5) (0.54 mag rms) and M^(b,i,k,ɑ)_(W2) = -19.76 - 9.74 (log W^i_(mx)-2.5)(0.56 mag rms) from 310 galaxies in 13 clusters. We update the I-band TFR using a sample 9% larger than in Tully & Courtois. We derive M^(b,i,k)_I = -21.34 - 8.95 (log W^i_(mx) - 2.5) (0.46 mag rms). The WISE TFRs show evidence of curvature. Quadratic fits give M^(b,i,k,ɑ)_(W1) = -20.48 - 8.36 (log W^i_(mx) - 2.5) + 3.60(log W^i_(mx) - 2.5)^2(0.52 mag rms) and M^(b,i,k,ɑ)_(W2) = -19.91 - 8.40(log W^i_(mx) - 2.5) + 4.32 (log W^i_(mx) - 2.5)^2 (0.55 mag rms). We apply an I-band –WISE color correction to lower the scatter and derive M_C_(W1)} = -20.22 - 9.12(log W^i_(mx) - 2.5) and M_C_(W2) = -19.63 - 9.11(log W^i_(mx) - 2.5) (both 0.46 mag rms). Using our three independent TFRs (W1 curved, W2 curved, and I band), we calibrate the UNION2 Type Ia supernova sample distance scale and derive H_0 = 74.4 ± 1.4(stat) ± 2.4(sys) km s^(–1) Mpc^(–1) with 4% total error.

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Neill, J. D.0000-0002-0466-1119
Seibert, Mark0000-0002-1143-5515
Tully, R. Brent0000-0002-9291-1981
Jarrett, T. H.0000-0002-4939-734X
Scowcroft, Victoria0000-0001-8829-4653
Masci, Frank J.0000-0002-8532-9395
Additional Information:© 2014 American Astronomical Society. Received 2014 June 2; accepted 2014 July 21; published 2014 August 25. We acknowledge useful conversations with the following people: Wendy Freedman, Barry Madore, Eric Persson, and Andrew Monson. J.D.N. and M.S. acknowledge support from the NASA Astrophysical Data Analysis Program under grant NNX12AE19G for the WISE Nearby Galaxies Atlas. H.C. and J.S. acknowledge support from the Lyon Institute of Origins under grant ANR-10-LABX-66 and from CNRS under PICS-06233. R.B.T. acknowledges support from the US National Science Foundation award AST09-08846. We acknowledge the use of the HyperLeda database ( This publication makes use of data products from the Widefield Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), which is a joint project of theUniversity of California, Los Angeles, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This research has made use of the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED), which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Agence Nationale pour la Recherche (ANR)ANR-10-LABX-66
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)PICS-06233
Lyon Institute of Origins (LIO)UNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords: cosmological parameters; distance scale; galaxies: clusters: general; galaxies: distances and redshifts; galaxies: photometry; radio lines: galaxies
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Official Citation:The Calibration of the WISE W1 and W2 Tully-Fisher Relation J. D. Neill et al. 2014 ApJ 792 129
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