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Durham University

Department of Physics

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Publication details for Prof Richard Bower

Fritz, A., Ziegler, B. L., Bower, R. G., Smail, I. & Davies, R. L. (2003). The Evolutionary Status of Early-type Galaxies in Abell 2390. Astrophysics and Space Science 285(1): 61-66.

Author(s) from Durham


We explore the evolution of the early-type galaxy population in the rich cluster Abell 2390 at z=0.23. For this purpose, we have obtained spectroscopic data of 51 elliptical and lenticular galaxies with MOSCA at the 3.5 m telescope on Calar Alto Observatory. As our investigation spans both a broad range in luminosity (–22.3≤MB≤–:19.3)and a wide field of view (10′×10′), the environmental dependence of different formation scenarios can be analysed in detail as a function of radius from the cluster center. In this paper, we present first results on the Faber-Jackson relation and, for a subsample of 14 galaxies with morphological and structural parameters from HST, we also investigate the evolution of the Kormendy relation and the Fundamental Plane. We find a mild luminosity evolution of the early-type galaxies in Abell 2390: our objects are on average brighter by mB∼0.4 mag.