Today and tomorrow, my goal is to tie up all of the things I've been working on for the past weeks.
After meeting with Beth this afternoon, we made a giant to-do list of things that need to happen before I can close up these projects. Here are the projects I have, and the things that need to be done to them before they're finito:
1. Calculating the average Surface Brightness within the half-light radius. Beth and I spent a long time discussing the effect of ellipticity on the half-light area, and thus the Surface Brightness within this area. I've since made a few pretty figures that shows this relationship, both in general, and with respect to our specific data. I'm still trying to figure out if I can make the assumption that the Elliptical half-light radii calculated in the Martin et al 2008 paper can be used for the major-axis radii of the half-light ellipses. (Gosh, that was a figurative "mouthful" that I hope I still understand tomorrow...)
2. Graphing distance from home galaxy vs. said Surface Brightness above. So far, I have this for Milky Way dwarfs, and the graph is labeled and pretty. However, some error bars are missing, so I need to account for those tomorrow.
3. Graphing size vs. Mv, with lines of constant Surface Brightness overplotted on top. Still need to do that last step. I think I have all the pieces to accomplish that tomorrow.
Great. So, hopefully, all of this can be finished tomorrow-- (unrealistic?)-- and then move on to bigger and better things. That way, I can struggle with those bigger and better things while Beth is away in France next week...