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- Sizing up partially depleted galaxy cores
- Dullo, Bililign T.; Graham, Alister W.
- We have modelled the inner surface brightness profiles of 39 alleged 'core' galaxies with the core-Sersic model, and provide new physical parameters for the largest ever sample of 'core' galaxies fit with this model. When present, additional nuclear components were simultaneously modelled and the typical rms scatter of the fits (out to ~10 arcsec) is 0.02 mag/arcsec^2. Model-independent estimates of each core's break radius are shown to agree with those from the core-Sersic model, and a comparison with the Nuker model is provided. We found an absence of cores in what amounts to 18% of the sample which are reclassified here as Sersic galaxies with low values of n (< ~ 4) and thus shallow inner profile slopes. In general, galaxies with n<3 and sigma < 183 km/s do not have depleted cores. We derive updated relations between core-Sersic break radii, their associated surface brightness, bulge luminosity, central velocity dispersion, and predicted black hole mass for galaxies with depleted cores. With the possible exception of NGC 584, we confirm that the inner negative logarithmic profile slopes gamma are < ~ 0.3 for the 'core' galaxies, and 0 > gamma > -0.1 for six of these. Finally, the central stellar mass deficits are found to have values typically within a factor of 4 of the expected central black hole mass.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies. Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
- Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 755, no. 2 (Aug 2012), article no. 163
- Publication year
- FOR Code(s)
- 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences; 0305 Organic Chemistry; 0306 Physical Chemistry (Incl. Structural)
- cD; Elliptical and lenticular galaxies; Fundamental parameters; Galaxies; Galaxy structure; Nuclei; Photometry
- Institute of Physics Publishing
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © 2012 The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved. The American Astronomical Society does not allow Swinburne Research Bank to archive either the accepted manuscript or the published version of the article. However you can find an earlier version of the full text here: http://arxiv.org/abs/1206.3845.
- Research Projects
Massive black holes in dense star clusters, Australian Research Council grant number DP110103509
The hearts of galaxies, Australian Research Council grant number FT110100263
- Peer reviewed