The HI content of compact groups of galaxies

J. B. Stevens, R. L. Webster, D. G. Barnes, D. J. Pisano, M. J. Drinkwater

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The HI content of Hickson Compact Groups in the southern hemisphere is measured using data from the HI Parkes All-Sky Survey (HIPASS), and dedicated observations using the narrow band filter on the Multibeam instrument on the Parkes telescope. The expected HI mass of these groups was estimated using the luminosity, diameter, and morphological types of the member galaxies, calibrated from published data. Taking careful account of non-detection limits, the results show that the compact group population that has been detected by these observations has an HI content similar to that of galaxies in the reference field sample. The upper limits for the undetected groups lie within the normal range; improvement of these limits will require a large increase in sensitivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)318-333
Number of pages16
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Galaxies: evolution
  • Galaxies: interactions
  • Methods: observational

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