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2006MNRAS.372...60A - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 372, 60-68 (2006/October-2)

New evidence for a linear colour-magnitude relation and a single Schechter function for red galaxies in a nearby cluster of galaxies down to M* + 8.


Abstract (from CDS):

The colour and luminosity distributions of red galaxies in the cluster Abell1185 (z = 0.0325) were studied down to M* + 8 in the B,V and R bands. The colour-magnitude (CM) relation is linear without evidence for significant bending down to absolute magnitudes that are seldom probed in the literature (MR = -12.5mag). The CM relation is thin (±0.04mag) and its thickness is quite independent of the magnitude. The luminosity function (LF) of red galaxies in Abell1185 is adequately described by a Schechter function, with a characteristic magnitude and a faint end slope that also well describe the LF of red galaxies in other clusters. There is no passband dependence of the LF shape other than an obvious M* shift due to the colour of the considered population. Finally, we conclude that, based on colours and luminosity, red galaxies form a homogeneous population over four decades in stellar mass, providing a second piece of evidence against faint red galaxies being a recent cluster population.

Abstract Copyright: 2006 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2006 RAS

Journal keyword(s): methods: statistical - galaxies: clusters: general - galaxies: clusters: individual: Abell 1185 - galaxies: evolution - galaxies: fundamental parameters - galaxies: luminosity function, mass function

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