Truncated star formation in dwarf spheroidal galaxies and photometric scaling relations

Sven De Rijcke*, Sander Valcke, Christopher J. Conselice, Samantha Penny

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We investigate the global photometric scaling relations traced by early-type galaxies in different environments, ranging from dwarf spheroidals, over dwarf elliptical galaxies, up to giant ellipticals (-8 mag≳MV≳-24 mag). These results are based in part on our new HST/ACS F555W and F814W imagery of dwarf spheroidal galaxies in the Perseus Cluster. We show that at MV ∼ mag, the slopes of the photometric scaling relations involving the Sersic parameters change significantly. We argue that these changes in slope reflect the different physical processes that dominate the evolution of early-type galaxies in different mass regimes. We present N-body/SPH simulations of the formation and evolution of dwarf spheroidals that reproduce these slope changes and discuss the underlying physics. As such, these scaling relations contain a wealth of information that can be used to test models for the formation of early-type galaxies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLow-Metallicity Star Formation
Subtitle of host publicationFrom the First Stars to Dwarf Galaxies
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
ISSN (Print)1743-9213
ISSN (Electronic)1743-9221


  • Galaxies: dwarf
  • Galaxies: photometry
  • Galaxies: structure


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