The Formation of Elliptical Galaxies

  • Jean-Luc Nieto
Conference paper


We summarize recent results from the analysis of isophote shapes in E galaxies and present a scenario in which E galaxies are made of two classes: S0-like objects, at the low end of the L D / L T sequence of (early-type) galaxies, and merger products. There is a smooth transition between these two classes.


Smooth Transition Elliptical Galaxy Nuclear Activity Merging Process Virgo Cluster 
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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Luc Nieto
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  1. 1.Observatoire Midi-PyrénéesToulouseFrance

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