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1999MNRAS.310..879M - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 310, 879-891 (1999/December-2)

Dynamics of the boxy elliptical galaxy NGC 1600.


Abstract (from CDS):

We use three-integral models to infer the distribution function (DF) of the boxy E3-E4 galaxy NGC 1600 from surface brightness and line-profile data on the minor and major axes. We assume axisymmetry and that the mass-to-light ratio is constant in the central ∼1Re. Stars in the resulting gravitational potential move mainly on regular orbits. We use an approximate third integral K from perturbation theory and write the DF as a sum of basis functions in the three integrals E, Lz and K. We then fit the projected moments of these basis functions to the kinematic observables and deprojected density, using a non-parametric algorithm. The deduced dynamical structure is radially anisotropic, with σθσrφσr~0.7 on the major axis. Both on the minor axis and near the centre the velocity distribution is more isotropic; thus the model is flattened by equatorial radial orbits. The kinematic data are fitted without the need for a central black hole; the central mass determined previously from ground-based data therefore overestimates the actual black-hole mass. The mass-to-light ratio of the stars is MLV=6h50. The anisotropy structure of NGC 1600 with a radially anisotropic main body and more nearly isotropic centre is similar to that found recently in NGC 1399, 2434, 3379 and 6703, suggesting that this pattern may be common amongst massive elliptical galaxies. We discuss a possible merger origin of NGC 1600 in the light of these results.

Abstract Copyright: 1999, Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): line: profiles - galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD - galaxies: formation - galaxies: individual: NGC 1600 - galaxies: kinematics and dynamics

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