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Volume 395, Number 2, November IV 2002
Page(s) 431 - 442
Section Extragalactic astronomy
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20021321

A&A 395, 431-442 (2002)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20021321

Line-strength indices and velocity dispersions for 148 early-type galaxies in different environments

J. Beuing1, 2, R. Bender2, C. Mendes de Oliveira1, D. Thomas2 and C. Maraston2

1  Instituto Astronômico e Geofísico, Universidade de São Paulo, Avenida Miguel Stéfano 4200, 04301-904 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
2  Universitäts-Sternwarte München, Scheinerstr. 1, 81679 München, Germany

(Received 30 July 2001 / Accepted 26 August 2002)

We have derived high quality line-strength indices and velocity dispersions for a sample of 148 early-type galaxies in different environments. The wavelength region covered by the observations ( $\lambda \simeq 4600$ to 6600 Å) includes the Lick/IDS indices H ${\beta}$, Mg 1, Mg 2, Mgb, Fe5015, Fe5270, Fe5335, Fe5406, Fe5709, Fe5782, NaD, TiO 1 and TiO 2. The data are intended to address possible differences of the stellar populations of early-type galaxies in low- and high-density environments. This paper describes the sample properties, explains the data reduction and presents the complete list of all the measurements. Most galaxies of the sample (85%) had no previous measurements of any Lick/IDS indices and for 30% of the galaxies we present first-time determinations of their velocity dispersions. Special care is taken to identify galaxies with emission lines. We found that 62 per cent of the galaxies in the sample have emission lines, as measured by the equivalent width of the [OIII] 5007Å line, EW[OIII]  > 0.3 Å.

Key words: galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD -- galaxies: abundances -- galaxies: stellar content

Offprint request: D. Thomas, dthomas@mpe.mpg.de

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