AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 116 Elliptical and Spiral Galaxies
Poster, Thursday, January 8, 2004, 9:20am-4:00pm, Grand Hall

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[116.22] The Nuclei of Nearby Giant Elliptical Galaxies

M.S. Seigar (Joint Astronomy Centre), P.D. Lynam (European Southern Observatory), A.W. Graham (University of Florida), J.G. Bodnarik (Smithsonian Sub-millimeter Array)

We have observed 26 giant elliptical galaxies in the near-infrared K-band with UFTI on UKIRT. These were observed in excellent seeing conditions (~0.3 arcsec) and one of the galaxies revealed a triple nucleus that had not been previously observed as such. Of the galaxies observed, 18 are coincident with the x-ray centers of their host clusters and 8 are not. We will present the results of ivestigations of their nuclear properties, such as their nuclear surface brightness profiles, the slope of the inner profile, and multiple nuclei.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: m.seigar@jach.hawaii.edu

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