Constraints on elliptical galaxy formation from dry mergers

Julia M. Comerford, Eliot Quataert, Chung Pei Ma

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Recent observations suggest that dissipationless mergers of elliptical galaxies build up the population of massive early-type galaxies (Bell et al. 2004; Faber et al. 2006). This type of merger is observed in galaxy clusters (Tran et al. 2005) and predicted by semi-analytic models which find mass assembly times significantly later than star-formation times for the most massive elliptical galaxies (de Lucia & Blaizot 2006). Here, we use a semi-analytic model of minor mergers of dark matter halos to examine the role of dry minor mergers in elliptical galaxy formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue numberS235
StatePublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Space and Planetary Science


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