Dust vs. Color Gradients in Elliptical Galaxies
Color gradients in elliptical galaxies are commonly interpreted as being due to stellar population gradients (e.g., Davies et al. 1993, MNRAS 262, 650). Here, I show that elliptical galaxies should generally contain a diffusely distributed component of dust, in addition to the “visible” component which is in the form of dust lanes or patches (see Fig. 1a). Employing a multiple scattering model for the dust, the presence of this newly postulated dust component is found to imply significant radial color gradients (see Fig. 1b). This should be taken seriously in the interpretation of color gradients in elliptical galaxies. This poster paper is based upon a (much!) more elaborate article by Goudfrooij & de Jong (1995, A&A 298, 784).