The Near-infrared surface brightness distribution of NGC 4696

Pablo Arnalte Mur*, Simon C. Ellis, Matthew Colless

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We present H-band observations of the elliptical galaxy NGC 4696, the brightest member of the Centaurus cluster of galaxies. We have measured its light profile, using a two-dimensional fitting algorithm, out to a radius of 180 arcsec (37 h 70 -1 kpc). The profile is well described by a de Vaucouleurs law, with an effective radius of 35.3 ± 1.0 h 70 -1 kpc. There is no need for the extra free parameter allowed by a Sérsic law. Allowing for a variation of 0.3? in the sky level, the profile obtained is compatible with data from the Two-Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS). The profile shows no sign of either a truncation or an extended halo.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-37
Number of pages5
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD
  • Galaxies: fundamental parameters
  • Galaxies: halos
  • Galaxies: individual (NGC 4696)
  • Galaxies: photometry
  • Galaxies: structure


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