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The gas content of peculiar galaxies: Strongly interacting systems
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Nearby Optical Galaxies: Selection of the Sample and Identification of Groups
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Spectroscopic Observations of Merging Galaxies
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Galaxy coordinates. II. Accurate equatorial coordinates for 17298 galaxies
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Total magnitude, radius, colour indices, colour gradients and photometric type of galaxies
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Candidates for a southern extension of the Karachentsev catalogue of isolated pairs of galaxies.
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Spectroscopic Observations of ARP / Madore Interacting Galaxies - Part Two - Galaxies with Tails Loops of Material or Debris
We present spectroscopic observations of 103 galaxies from a sample ofinteracting galaxies with tails, loops of material or debris. Radialvelocities, relative emission-line intensity measurements and opticalclassifications are presented. Three new Seyfert candidates areidentified. The frequency of Seyfert-type nuclei in our sample of`strongly' interacting galaxies (3.9 per cent; 4/103) is notsignificantly different from that of the interacting doubles ofcomparably sized galaxies (3.1 per cent; 4/129), which are presumably atan earlier stage of interaction than the galaxies observed in thepresent-study. However, the lack of a suitable control sample for ourinteracting samples prevents us from confirming whether interactions andmergers enhance Seyfert nuclear activity compared to that of non-interacting galaxies. A large fraction of the galaxies in our sampleshow strong H II region type emission lines, which indicate ongoingenhanced star formation activity. Since the systems are at a relativelyearly stage of the merger process and are near the peak of theirstarburst activities, the interstellar gas in the disc must be collectedin the nuclear region on time-scales less than about a few X 10^8^-10^9^yr. Strong H II region type emission lines superimposed on a strongstellar Balmer absorption spectrum are seen in many of the systems inour sample, suggesting a possible recurrent starburst or propagation ofstar-forming regions within the galaxy. High-resolution imaging studiesare required for further analysis of the sample.

Heavy-element abundances and massive star formation
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The Galaxy activity-interaction connection. II - Radio observations
VLA results are presented for southern interacting galaxies at 6 and 20cm, with a view to the detection and classification of the nature ofradio emission in a set of advanced-interaction disk galaxies. Maps ofradio emission are given for the 42 interacting systems in the sample,as well as 10 control systems, and radio properties are compared withoptical and IR properties; the radio in all of the present interactinggalaxies are attributable to properties associated with a burst of starformation due to galaxy interaction.

The galaxy activity-interaction connection. I - Optical observations
As part of an investigation into the triggering of nuclear radioemission in interacting galaxies, new multicolor, broadband data arepresented from a subset of Arp-Madore Catalog galaxies selected on thebasis of their optical morphology - systems with loops and/or tails. TheCTIO 4 m is used to obtain images in B, V, R, and I for the purpose ofperforming synthetic aperture photometry. Isophotal ellipse fitting tothe more regular objects in the sample is also performed to quantifytheir isophotal deviation from purely elliptical morphologies. Colorindex maps for the galaxies are constructed, and the opticalmorphologies, broadband colors, and detailed photometric properties aswell as the IRAS fluxes for the galaxies are discussed. These data areused to obtain a rough measure of the level of activity present in thesesystems.

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Shock-induced star formation in IC2153 - A colliding pair of galaxies
Direct photographic, photometric and spectroscopic observations of theinteracting galaxy-pair IC2153 = ESO 364-IG 22 are reported. Theobservations were performed with the ESO 3.6-m, 1.5 m and 1-m telescopesat La Silla, Chile. The mean radial velocity of the system is 2630 km/s( = or 30 km/s), corresponding to a distance of 35 Mpc. The system isaobut nine kpc across, and its UBV colors are consistent with thosefound in irregular galaxies. The absolute magnitude of the system is-18.4 mag. Spectral tracings of the main components show an early-typeabsorption spectrum and an emission spectrum. Spectra in theintermediate region of the pair have pure emission-line characteristics.Evidence of shock-heating in the galactic H-II regions, and it isestimated that about 7 percent of the light in H-beta originates fromshock-heating and that the remainder arises from photoionization by hotstars. From a stellar population model, it is found that the UBV Johnsoncolors in the pair represent a burst of star formation with an age of150 million years.

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