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Kinematic evidence of satellite galaxy populations in the potential wells of first-ranked cluster galaxiesThe velocities of 38 centrally positioned galaxies (r much less than 100 kpc) were measured relative to the velocity of the first-ranked galaxy in 14 rich clusters. Analysis of the velocity distribution function of this sample and of previous data shows that the population cannot be fit by a single Gaussian. An adequate fit is obtained if 60 percent of the objects lie in a Gaussian with sigma = 250 km/s and the remainder in a population with sigma = 1400 km/s. All previous data sets are individually consistent with this conclusion. This suggests that there is a bound population of galaxies in the potential well of the central galaxy in addition to the normal population of the cluster core. This is taken as supporting evidence for the galactic cannibalism model of cD galaxy formation.
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Cowie, L. L.
(Space Telescope Science Institute; Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD, United States)
Hu, E. M.
(Space Telescope Science Institute Baltimore, MD, United States)
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August 12, 2013
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June 15, 1986
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Publication: Astrophysical Journal, Part 2 - Letters to the Editor
Volume: 305
ISSN: 0004-637X
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