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Sérsic profile

(Sérsic model, Sérsic law)
(model of the relative surface brightness across a galaxy)

A Sérsic profile (or Sérsic model or Sérsic law) is an equation describing the relative surface brightness of a galaxy (i.e., a surface brightness profile), stating that the log of the surface brightness falls off exponentially with distance from the center. The Sérsic index is the reciprocal of the exponent: i.e., if the exponent is 1/n, then n is the Sérsic index. The Sérsic profile equation is a generalization that includes de Vaucouleurs' profiles (Sérsic profile with an index of 4) and exponential profiles (index of 1).


(relation,galaxies,surface brightness)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sersic_profile
http://www-star.st-and.ac.uk/~spd3/Teaching/AS3011/AS3011_5.pdf

Referenced by pages:
de Vaucouleurs' profile
surface brightness profile

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