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2018AJ....155...69S - Astron. J., 155, 69-69 (2018/February-0)

Colors of dwarf ellipticals from GALEX to WISE.


Abstract (from CDS):

Multicolor photometry is presented for a sample of 60 dwarf ellipticals (dE's) selected by morphology. The sample uses data from GALEX, SDSS, and WISE to investigate the colors in the NUV, ugri, and W1 (3.4 µm) filters. We confirm the blueward shift in the color-magnitude relation (CMR) for dE's, compared to the CMR for bright ellipticals, as seen in previous studies. However, we find that the deviation in color across the UV to near-IR for dE's is a strong signal of a younger age for dE's, one that indicates decreasing mean age with lower stellar mass. Lower mass dE's are found to have mean ages of 4 Gyr and mean [Fe/H] values of -1.2. Age and metallicity increase tothe most massive dE's, with mean ages similar to normal ellipticals (12 Gyr) and their lowest metallicities ([Fe/H] = -0.3). Deduced initial star formation rates for dE's, combined with their current metallicities and central stellar densities, suggest a connection between field low surface brightness (LSB) dwarfs and cluster dE's, where the cluster environment halts star formation for dE's, triggering a separate evolutionary path.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: dwarf - galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD - galaxies: evolution - galaxies: evolution

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