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2016A&A...593A..40V - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 593A, 40-40 (2016/9-1)

Full stellar kinematical profiles of central parts of nearby galaxies.


Abstract (from CDS):

Context. We present the largest catalog of detailed stellar kinematics of the central parts of nearby galaxies, which includes higher moments of the line-of-sight velocity distribution (LOSVD) function represented by the Gauss-Hermite series. The kinematics is measured on a sample of galaxies selected from the Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA (Alfalfa) survey using spectroscopy from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS DR7).
Aims. The SDSS DR7 offers measurements of the LOSVD based on the assumption of a pure Gaussian shape of the broadening function caused by the combination of rotational and random motion of the stars in galaxies. We discuss the consequences of this oversimplification since the velocity dispersion, one of the measured quantities, often serves as the proxy to important modeling parameters such as the black-hole mass and the virial mass of galaxies.
Methods. The publicly available pPXF code is used to calculate the full kinematical profile for the sample galaxies including higher moments of their LOSVD. Both observed and synthetic stellar libraries were used and the related template mismatch problem is discussed.
Results. For the whole sample of 2180 nearby galaxies reflecting morphological distribution characteristic for the local Universe, we successfully recovered stellar kinematics of their central parts, including higher order moments of the LOSVD function, for signal-to-noise above 50.
Conclusions. We show the consequences of the oversimplification of the LOSVD function with Gaussian function on the velocity dispersion for the empirical and the synthetic stellar library. For the empirical stellar library, this approximation leads to an increase in the virial mass of 13% on average, while for the synthetic library the effect is weaker, with an increase of 9% on average. Systematic erroneous estimates of the velocity dispersion comes from the use of the synthetic stellar library instead of the empirical one and is much larger than the value imposed by the use of the Gaussian function. Only after a careful analysis of the template mismatch problem does one need to address the issue of the deviation of the LOSVD from the Gaussian function. We also show that the kurtotic parameter describing symmetrical departures from the Gaussian seems to increase along the continuous morphological sequence from late- to early-type galaxies.

Abstract Copyright: © ESO 2016

Journal keyword(s): catalogs - gravitation - galaxies: spiral - galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD - galaxies: kinematics and dynamics - galaxies: kinematics and dynamics

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/A+A/593/A40): catalog.dat>

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