The Luminous X-Ray Halos of Two Compact Elliptical Galaxies
Skip to main content
Open Access Publications from the University of California

The Luminous X-Ray Halos of Two Compact Elliptical Galaxies

  • Author(s): Buote, David A
  • Barth, Aaron J
  • et al.

There is mounting evidence that compact elliptical galaxies (CEGs) are local analogs of the high-redshift "red nuggets" thought to represent progenitors of today's early-type galaxies (ETGs). We report the discovery of extended X-ray emission from a hot interstellar / intragroup medium in two CEGs, Mrk 1216 and PGC 032873, using shallow archival Chandra observations. We find that PGC 032873 has an average gas temperature $k_BT=0.67\pm 0.06$ keV within a radius of 15 kpc, and a luminosity $L_{\rm x} = (1.8\pm 0.2)\times 10^{41}$ erg s$^{-1}$ within a radius of 100kpc. For Mrk 1216, which is closer and more luminous $[L_{\rm x}(\rm <100~kpc) = (12.1\pm 1.9)\times 10^{41}$ erg s$^{-1}]$, we performed a spatially resolved spectral analysis in 7 annuli out to a radius of 73 kpc. Using an entropy-based hydrostatic equilibrium (HE) procedure, we obtain a good constraint on the $H$-band stellar mass-to-light ratio, $M_{\rm stars}/L_H=1.33\pm 0.21$ solar, in good agreement with stellar dynamical (SD) studies, which supports the HE approximation. We obtain a density slope $2.22\pm 0.08$ within $R_e$ consistent with other CEGs and normal local ETGs, while the dark matter (DM) fraction within $R_e$, $f_{\rm DM}=0.20\pm 0.07$, is similar to local ETGs. We place a constraint on the SMBH mass, $M_{\rm BH} = (5\pm 4)\times 10^{9}\, M_{\odot}$, with a 90% upper limit of $M_{\rm BH} = 1.4\times 10^{10}\, M_{\odot}$, consistent with a recent SD measurement. We obtain a halo concentration $(c_{200}=17.5\pm 6.7)$ and mass [$M_{200} = (9.6\pm 3.7)\times 10^{12}\, M_{\odot}$], where $c_{200}$ exceeds the mean $\Lambda$CDM value ($\approx 7$), consistent with a system that formed earlier than the general halo population. We suggest that these galaxies, which reside in group-scale halos, should be classified as fossil groups. (Abridged)

Many UC-authored scholarly publications are freely available on this site because of the UC's open access policies. Let us know how this access is important for you.

Main Content
Current View