WISE TF: a mid-infrared, 304mu m extension of the Tully-Fisher relation using wise photometry

David J. Lagattuta, Jeremy R. Mould, Lister Staveley-Smith, Tao Hong, Christopher M. Springob, Karen L. Masters, Baerbel S. Koribalski, D. Heath Jones

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We present a mid-infrared Tully-Fisher (TF) relation using photometry from the 3.4 μm W1 band of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite. The WISE TF relation is formed from 568 galaxies taken from the all-sky 2MASS Tully-Fisher (2MTF) galaxy catalog, spanning a range of environments including field, group, and cluster galaxies. This constitutes the largest mid-infrared TF relation constructed to date. After applying a number of corrections to galaxy magnitudes and line widths, we measure a master TF relation given by M corr = –22.24 – 10.05[log (W corr) – 2.5], with an average dispersion of σWISE = 0.686 mag. There is some tension between WISE TF and a preliminary 3.6 μm relation, which has a shallower slope and almost no intrinsic dispersion. However, our results agree well with a more recent relation constructed from a large sample of cluster galaxies. We additionally compare WISE TF to the near-infrared 2MTF template relations, finding a good agreement between the TF parameters and total dispersions of WISE TF and the 2MTF K-band template. This fact, coupled with typical galaxy colors of (K – W1) ~ 0, suggests that these two bands are tracing similar stellar populations, including the older, centrally-located stars in the galactic bulge which can (for galaxies with a prominent bulge) dominate the light profile.
Original languageEnglish
Article number88
Pages (from-to)88
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Early online date20 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2013


  • distance scale
  • galaxies: fundamental parameters
  • galaxies: spiral
  • infrared: galaxies


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