Stellar kinematics and populations of early-type galaxies with the SAURON and OASIS integral-field spectrographs

Richard M. McDermid*, Roland Bacon, Harald Kuntschner, Eric Emsellem, Kristen L. Shapiro, Martin Bureau, Michele Cappellari, Roger L. Davies, Jesús Falcón-Barroso, Davor Krajnović, Reynier F. Peletier, Marc Sarzi, Tim de Zeeuw

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Abstract

We summarise the results and achievements of integral-field spectroscopy of early-type galaxies, observed as part of a survey using both the SAURON and OASIS spectrographs. From the perspective of integral-field spectroscopy, these otherwise smooth and featureless objects show a wealth of structure, both in their stellar kinematics and populations. We focus on the stellar content, and examine properties on both kiloparsec scales with SAURON, and scales of 100's of parsecs with OASIS. These complementary studies reveal two types of kinematically distinct components (KDCs), differing primarily in their intrinsic sizes. In previous studies, KDCs and their host galaxies have generally been found to be unremarkable in other aspects. We show that large KDCs, typical of the well-studied cases, indeed show little or no age differences with their host galaxy. The KDCs detected with the higher spatial-resolution of OASIS are intrinsically smaller and include, in contrast, a significant fraction of young stars. We speculate on the relationship between KDCs and their host galaxies, and the implications for young populations in early-type galaxies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-535
Number of pages15
JournalNew Astronomy Reviews
Volume49
Issue number10-12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cD- galaxies: Stellar content
  • Galaxies: Elliptical and lenticular

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