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A Sauron Study of Dwarf Elliptical Galaxies in the Virgo Cluster

  • M. Koleva, Ph. Prugniel, I. Vauglin, A. Ryś (a1) (a2), J. Falcón-Barroso (a1) (a2) and M. Koleva (a1) (a2)...


Dwarf elliptical galaxies are the most common galaxy type in nearby galaxy clusters, yet they remain relatively poorly studied objects and many of their basic properties have yet to be quantified. In this contribution we present the preliminary results of a study of 4 Virgo and 1 field galaxy obtained with the SAURON integral field unit on the William Herschel Telescope (La Palma). While traditional long-slit observations are likely to miss more complicated kinematic features, with SAURON we are able to study both kinematics and stellar populations in two dimensions, obtaining a much more detailed view of the mass distribution and star formation histories.



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