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Copyright by Royal Astronomical Society. 2008MNRAS.384..420G Image decomposition of barred galaxies and AGN hosts Dimitri Alexei Gadotti Abstract. I present the results of multicomponent decomposition of V and R broad-band images of a sample of 17 nearby galaxies, most of them hosting bars and active galactic nuclei (AGN). I use budda v2.1 to produce the fits, allowing the inclusion of bars and AGN in the models. A comparison with previous results from the literature shows a fairly good agreement. It is found that the axial ratio of bars, as measured from ellipse fits, can be severely underestimated if the galaxy axisymmetric component is relatively luminous. Thus, reliable bar axial ratios can only be determined by taking into account the contributions of bulge and disc to the light distribution in the galaxy image. Through a number of tests, I show that neglecting bars when modelling barred galaxies can result in an overestimation of the bulge-to-total luminosity ratio of a factor of 2. Similar effects result when bright, type 1 AGN are not considered in the models. By artificially redshifting the images, I show that the structural parameters of more distant galaxies can in general be reliably retrieved through image fitting, at least up to the point where the physical spatial resolution is ~=1.5 kpc. This corresponds, for instance, to images of galaxies at z = 0.05 with a seeing full width at half-maximum (FWHM) of 1.5 arcsec, typical of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). In addition, such a resolution is also similar to what can be achieved with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), and ground-based telescopes with adaptive optics, at z ~ 1-2. Thus, these results also concern deeper studies such as COSMOS and SINS. This exercise shows that disc parameters are particularly robust, but bulge parameters are prone to errors if its effective radius is small compared to the seeing radius, and might suffer from systematic effects. For instance, the bulge-to-total luminosity ratio is systematically overestimated, on average, by 0.05 (i.e. 5 per cent of the galaxy total luminosity). In this low-resolution regime, the effects of ignoring bars are still present, but AGN light is smeared out. I briefly discuss the consequences of these results to studies of the structural properties of galaxies, in particular on the stellar mass budget in the local Universe. With reasonable assumptions, it is possible to show that the stellar content in bars can be similar to that in classical bulges and elliptical galaxies. Finally, I revisit the cases of NGC 4608 and 5701 and show that the lack of stars in the disc region inside the bar radius is significant. Accordingly, the best-fitting model for the former uses a Freeman type II disc. Key words: galaxies: bulges, galaxies: evolution, galaxies: formation, galaxies: fundamental parameters, galaxies: photometry, galaxies: structure
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