Evolutionary status of early–type galaxies in distant poor clusters

Alexander Fritz, Bodo L. Ziegler
2004 Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union  
We introduce our project that investigates the kinematic properties of early-type galaxies in 6 distant poor clusters at z~0.25. This study represents a continuation of our efforts to understand galaxy evolution in low-density environments. Higher-resolution MOSCA spectra have been obtained at the Calar Alto 3.5-m telescope with which we can measure absorption line strengths and velocity dispersions. In conjunction with our HST/F702W images of all the clusters, we are able to construct the
more » ... mental Plane of ellipticals and S0 galaxies in poor clusters at a look-back time of ~3 Gyrs. For galaxies outside the HST field, we concentrate our analysis on the Mg-sigma and Faber-Jackson relations. With the line strength diagrams age/metallicity distributions can be derived in densities between the field and rich cluster environments. Comparing with our rich clusters at the same cosmic epochs, the dependence of galaxy formation models on the local environment can be tested more quantitatively.
doi:10.1017/s1743921304001097 fatcat:xph62onhjrg6hionb6crdxumky