Volume 404, Number 3, June IV 2003
|Page(s)||819 - 830|
|Published online||06 June 2003|
Projection effects on the FP thickness*
A Monte-Carlo exploration
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, via Ranzani 1, 40127 Bologna, Italy
2 Dipartimento di Astronomia, Università di Bologna, via Ranzani 1, 40127 Bologna, Italy
3 Scuola Normale Superiore, Piazza dei Cavalieri 7, 56126 Pisa, Italy
4 Princeton University Observatory, Peyton Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544-1001, USA
Corresponding author: B. Lanzoni, email@example.com
Accepted: 4 November 2002
We study the contribution of projection effects to the intrinsic thickness of the Fundamental Plane (FP) of elliptical galaxies. The Monte–Carlo mapping technique between model properties and observed quantities, introduced by Bertin et al. (2002), is extended to oblate, two–integrals galaxy models, with non–homologous density profiles, adjustable flattening, variable amount of ordered rotational support, and for which all the relevant projected dynamical quantities can be expressed in fully analytical way. In agreement with previous works, it is found that projection effects move models not exactly parallel to the edge–on FP, by an amount that can be as large as the observed FP thickness. The statistical contribution of projection effects to the FP thickness is however marginal, and the estimated physical FP rms thickness is 90% of the observed one (when corrected for measurement errors).
Key words: galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD / galaxies: fundamental parameters / galaxies: kinematics and dynamics / galaxies: photometry
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