The Assembly of MASSIVE Elliptical Galaxies

Thu, September 10, 2015

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Elliptical galaxies comprise the most massive galaxies in the universe today, but their assembly history remains a mystery. I study present-day elliptical galaxies in detail, including their surface brightness profiles, steller population gradients, angular momentum profiles, and gas content, to understand the roles or merging, gas accretion, and black hole growth on the evolution of elliptical galaxies.