ELLFOU is a profiling application providing contour analysis generated profiles. This application takes longer to run and so is only really suitable if you really do not want an intensity analysis method, such as if you are examining barred spiral galaxies. It attempts to profile galaxies by identifying the pixels in a given contour and fitting an ellipse to that shape. This is done by minimising the pixel to ellipse distance sum. Care has been taken to try to make the application robust. As a consequence of this the algorithm used is not quick and for simple galaxies ELLPRO may be the better application.
It will be found that ELLFOU can be fine tuned in the same way as ELLPRO by use of additional parameters such as LIM1 and LIM2 (see above). However, due to the nature of the modelling technique employed, parameters LIM3 and FAST are no longer applicable.
Another consequence of the modelling technique utilised is that the profile radii values generated by ELLFOU may sometimes be clumped slightly. This arises as a direct result of a combination of the value for FINE employed and the actual physical distribution of the pixels contributing to a given contour. The clumping can usually be overcome by reducing FINE somewhat.
As for ELLPRO, the number of inputs required for ELLFOU can be quite large, but the following examples can get you started :
A sample output file for ELLFOU is shown in Appendix and described in Section .
ESP --- Extended Surface Photometry