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Global Stellar Populations of Elliptical Galaxies: A. Optical Properties

  • David Burstein
  • Roger L. Davies
  • Alan Dressler
  • S. M. Faber
  • Donald Lynden-Bell
  • Roberto Terlevich
  • Gary Wegner
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 141)

Abstract

The stellar population properties of elliptical galaxies are examined using a homogeneous, distance-independent set of parameters for over 400 ellipticals. The relationship between (B-V) color and the Mg2 index shows little evidence of cosmic scatter, despite the fact that the color is measured in a signficantly larger aperture. However, the relationship between Mg2 and central velocity dispersion, σ, does show evidence for a significant subset of ellipticals having weaker values of Mg2 for their values of σ.

Keywords

Stellar Population Spectral Energy Distribution Elliptical Galaxy Royal Greenwich Observatory Absolute Luminosity 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Burstein
    • 1
  • Roger L. Davies
    • 2
  • Alan Dressler
    • 3
  • S. M. Faber
    • 4
  • Donald Lynden-Bell
    • 5
  • Roberto Terlevich
    • 6
  • Gary Wegner
    • 7
  1. 1.Dept. of PhysicsArizona State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Kitt Peak National ObservatoryNOAOUSA
  3. 3.Mt. Wilson and Las Campanas ObservatoriesUSA
  4. 4.Lick ObservatoryU.C. Santa CruzUSA
  5. 5.Institute of AstronomyCambridgeEngland
  6. 6.Royal Greenwich ObservatoryUSA
  7. 7.Dept. of Physics and AstronomyDartmouth CollegeUSA

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