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Absorption-Line Spectra of Elliptical Galaxies and their Relation to Elliptical Formation

  • S. M. Faber (a1), Guy Worthey (a1) and J. Jesús Gonzalez (a1)

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Recent spectral data strongly suggest that elliptical galaxies represent at least a two- and probably a three-parameter sequence: light-element abundance, iron-peak abundance, and probably age. These data are discussed in the context of new ideas about elliptical formation, including hierarchical clustering, merger-caused starbursts, and a variable IMF. Non-solar abundance ratios set important constraints on elliptical formation.

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