Superdense and Normal Early-Type Galaxies at 1 < z < 2

04/2010; DOI: 10.1063/1.3458529
Source: arXiv


We combined proprietary and archival HST observations to collect a sample of 62 early-type galaxies (ETGs) at 0.9<z<2 with spectroscopic confirmation of their redshift and spectral type. The whole sample is covered by ACS or NICMOS observations and partially by Spitzer and AKARI observations. We derived morphological parameters by fitting their HST light profiles and physical parameters by fitting their spectral energy distributions. The study of the size-mass and the size-luminosity relations of these early-types shows that a large fraction of them (~50) follows the local relations. These 'normal' ETGs are not smaller than local counterparts with comparable mass. The remaining half of the sample is composed of compact ETGs with sizes (densities) 2.5-3 (15-30) times smaller (higher) than local counterparts and, most importantly, than the other normal ETGs at the same redshift and with the same stellar mass. This suggests that normal and superdense ETGs at z~2 come from different histories of mass assembly. Comment: 4 pages, 3 figures. To appear in "Hunting for the Dark: The Hidden Side of Galaxy Formation", Malta, 19-23 Oct. 2009, eds. V.P. Debattista and C.C. Popescu, AIP Conf. (in press)

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