Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 559A, 76-76 (2013/11-1)
A normal abundance of faint satellites in the fossil group NGC 6482.
LIEDER S., MIESKE S., SANCHEZ-JANSSEN R., HILKER M., LISKER T. and TANAKA M.
Abstract (from CDS):
A fossil group is considered the end product in a galaxy group's evolution. It is a massive central galaxy that dominates the luminosity budget of the group, and is the outcome of efficient merging between intermediate-luminosity members. Little is known, however, about the faint satellite systems of fossil groups. Here we present a Subaru/Suprime-Cam wide-field, deep imaging study in the B- and R-bands of the nearest fossil group NGC6482 (Mtot∼4x1012M☉), covering the virial radius out to 310kpc. We performed detailed completeness estimations and selected group member candidates by a combination of automated object detection and visual inspection. A fiducial sample of 48 member candidates down to MR~-10.5mag is detected, making this study the deepest of a fossil group to now. We investigate the photometric scaling relations, the color-magnitude relation, and the luminosity function of our galaxy sample. We find evidence of recent and ongoing merger events among bright group galaxies. The color-magnitude relation is comparable to that of nearby galaxy clusters, and it exhibits significant scatter at the faintest luminosities. The completeness-corrected luminosity function is dominated by early-type dwarfs and is characterized by a faint end slope α=-1.32±0.05. We conclude that the NGC6482 fossil group shows photometric properties consistent with those of regular galaxy clusters and groups, including a normal abundance of faint satellites.
galaxies: evolution - galaxies: dwarf - galaxies: groups: general - galaxies: clusters: general - galaxies: photometry
Table A.1: [LMS2013] NN (Nos 1-48).
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