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    Photometric studies of some starburst galaxies

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    We present the results of a detailed morphological analysis of ten starburst galaxies selected from the Markarian catalogue of uv-excess objects. CCD surface photometry of these galaxies was carried out based on observations made in B, V (Johnson) and R, I (Kron-Cousins) band passes. We present the radial variations of surface brightness, ellipticity, position angle and the colour indices for each galaxy obtained using ellipse fitting isophotal analysis. The residual images constructed for extracting the fine structure are also presented. A variety of morphological types are found to host the starburst phenomenon. The star formation activity is not confined to the nuclear region alone, but it also occurs at various locations in the galaxy and is seen as clumpy regions. The colour index and the residual images are used for deriving information about the sites of enhanced star formation activity and the triggers of the starburst. The luminosity profiles show an exponential behaviour in the outer region. The disk scale lengths and the half-light radii are derived. The contribution of the burst component has been estimated and the colours of the burst component are presented. Strong isophotal twisting is detected in all the S0 and E galaxies: Mrk 1002, Mrk 1308 and Mrk 14, in the sample. This is accompanied by boxiness in some cases, suggesting that a merger is responsible for the starburst activity in these galaxies. In case of isolated spirals, a bar or a central oval distortion appear to be the likely trigger for the starburst.Comment: 12 pages of text and 28 figures. Uses aastex. To be published in A&A

    Assessment of PET imaging devices: the case of a LSO/NaI PET-SPECT prototype

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    Hoekstra, O.S. [Promotor]Lingen, A. van [Copromotor

    The effect of Pressure in Higher Dimensional Quasi-Spherical Gravitational Collapse

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    We study gravitational collapse in higher dimensional quasi-spherical Szekeres space-time for matter with anisotropic pressure. Both local and global visibility of central curvature singularity has been studied and it is found that with proper choice of initial data it is possible to show the validity of CCC for six and higher dimensions. Also the role of pressure in the collapsing process has been discussed.Comment: 11 pages, 6 figures, RevTeX styl
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