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Line-Strength Gradients in Elliptical Galaxies

  • Roger L. Davies (a1) and Elaine M. Sadler (a1)

Abstract

We have measured line-strength indices as a function of radius in several elliptical galaxies. All of them show strong radial gradients in Mg, but much weaker gradients in Fe and Hβ. The isophotes and contours of constant line-strength have the same flattening. More luminous galaxies have shallower gradients, contrary to the prediction of models of dissipative collapse. Most of the galaxies observed show weak central emission which can partially fill the Balmer absorption lines.

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