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The peculiar motions of early-type galaxies in two distant regions - V. The Mg-sigma relation, age and metallicity

Colless, Matthew; Burstein, David; Davies, R.L; McMahan, Robert K. Jr; Saglia, R.P; Wegner, Gary


We have examined the Mg-sigma relation for early-type galaxies in the EFAR sample and its dependence on cluster properties. A comprehensive maximum likelihood treatment of the sample selection and measurement errors gives fits to the global Mg-sigma relation of Mg b^'=0.131 log sigma -0.131 and Mg_2=0.257 log sigma -0.305. The slope of these relations is 25 per cent steeper than that obtained by most other authors owing to the reduced bias of our fitting method. The intrinsic scatter in the...[Show more]

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Date published: 1999
Type: Journal article


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