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Volume 442, Number 1, October IV 2005
Page(s) 125 - 136
Section Extragalactic astronomy
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20053168

A&A 442, 125-136 (2005)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20053168

The evolution of early-type galaxies at z $ \sim$ 1 from the K20 survey

S. di Serego Alighieri1, J. Vernet1, A. Cimatti1, B. Lanzoni2, P. Cassata3, L. Ciotti4, E. Daddi5, M. Mignoli2, E. Pignatelli6, L. Pozzetti2, A. Renzini7, A. Rettura7, 8 and G. Zamorani2

1  INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Largo E. Fermi 5, 50125 Firenze, Italy
    e-mail: sperello@arcetri.astro.it
2  INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, via Ranzani 1, 40127 Bologna, Italy
3  Dipartimento di Astronomia, Università di Padova, Vicolo Osservatorio 2, 35122 Padova, Italy
4  Dipartimento di Astronomia, Università di Bologna, via Ranzani 1, 40127 Bologna, Italy
5  NOAO, 950 North Cherry Avenue, PO Box 26732, Tucson, AZ 85726, USA
6  INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Vicolo Osservatorio 2, 35122 Padova, Italy
7  European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2, 85748 Garching bei München, Germany
8  Université Paris-Sud 11, 15 rue Georges Clemenceau, 91405 Orsay, France

(Received 31 March 2005 / Accepted 20 June 2005 )

We have performed VLT spectroscopy of an almost complete sample of 18 early-type galaxies with $0.88\leq z\leq 1.3$ plus two at z=0.67, selected from the K20 survey, and derived the velocity dispersion for 15+2 of them. By combining these data with HST and VLT images, we study the Fundamental Plane (FP), the Faber-Jackson and the Kormendy relations at $z \sim 1$. Compared with the local one, the FP at $z \sim 1$ has a remarkably small scatter, and shows both an offset and a rotation, which we interpret in terms of evolution of the mass-to-light ratio, and possibly of the size. We give evidence that the evolution rate depends on galaxy mass, being faster for less massive galaxies. We discuss the possible factors driving the evolution of spheroids and compare our results with the predictions of the hierachical models of galaxy formation.

Key words: galaxies: evolution -- galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD -- galaxies: kinematics and dynamics.

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