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Smooth, undisturbed dwarf spheroidal galaxies in the Perseus cluster core: Implications for dark matter content

(2009) Astronomische Nachrichten. 330. p.991-994
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Using deep HST/ACS observations of the core of the Perseus Cluster, we identify a large population of dwarf elliptical galaxies down to MV = -12. All these dwarfs are remarkably smooth in appearance, showing no evidence for internal features that could be the result of tidal processes or star formation induced by the cluster potential. Based on these observations and the relatively large sizes of these dwarfs, we argue that at least some must have a large dark matter component to prevent their disruption by the cluster potential. We further derive a new method to quantify the dark matter content of cluster dSphs without the use of kinematics, which are impossible to obtain at these distances. We find that mass-to-light ratios for dwarfs in the core of the Perseus Cluster are comparable to those found for Local Group dSphs, ranging between Mȯ/Lȯ ≈ 1 and 120. This is evidence that dwarf spheroidals reside in dark matter subhalos that protect them from tidal processes in the cores of dense clusters.
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galaxies: clusters: individual (Perseus cluster), galaxies: dwarf

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Penny, Samantha, Christopher J. Conselice, Sven De Rijcke, and Enrico V. Held. 2009. “Smooth, Undisturbed Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxies in the Perseus Cluster Core: Implications for Dark Matter Content.” Astronomische Nachrichten 330: 991–994.
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Penny, S., Conselice, C. J., De Rijcke, S., & Held, E. V. (2009). Smooth, undisturbed dwarf spheroidal galaxies in the Perseus cluster core: Implications for dark matter content. Astronomische Nachrichten, 330, 991–994. Presented at the Symposium on Matter Cycles of Galaxies in Clusters held at the JENAM 2008 Meeting.
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Penny S, Conselice CJ, De Rijcke S, Held EV. Smooth, undisturbed dwarf spheroidal galaxies in the Perseus cluster core: Implications for dark matter content. Astronomische Nachrichten. Weinheim: WILEY; 2009;330:991–4.
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Penny, Samantha et al. “Smooth, Undisturbed Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxies in the Perseus Cluster Core: Implications for Dark Matter Content.” Astronomische Nachrichten 330 (2009): 991–994. Print.
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  abstract     = {Using deep HST/ACS observations of the core of the Perseus Cluster, we identify a large population of dwarf elliptical galaxies down to MV = -12. All these dwarfs are remarkably smooth in appearance, showing no evidence for internal features that could be the result of tidal processes or star formation induced by the cluster potential. Based on these observations and the relatively large sizes of these dwarfs, we argue that at least some must have a large dark matter component to prevent their disruption by the cluster potential. We further derive a new method to quantify the dark matter content of cluster dSphs without the use of kinematics, which are impossible to obtain at these distances. We find that mass-to-light ratios for dwarfs in the core of the Perseus Cluster are comparable to those found for Local Group dSphs, ranging between Mȯ/Lȯ ≈ 1 and 120. This is evidence that dwarf spheroidals reside in dark matter subhalos that protect them from tidal processes in the cores of dense clusters.},
  author       = {Penny, Samantha and Conselice, Christopher J. and De Rijcke, Sven and Held, Enrico V.},
  issn         = {0004-6337},
  journal      = {Astronomische Nachrichten},
  keywords     = {galaxies: clusters: individual (Perseus cluster),galaxies: dwarf},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Vienna, AUSTRIA},
  pages        = {991--994},
  publisher    = {WILEY},
  title        = {Smooth, undisturbed dwarf spheroidal galaxies in the Perseus cluster core: Implications for dark matter content},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asna.200911276},
  volume       = {330},
  year         = {2009},
}

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