Mapping Dark Matter Around Early-Type Galaxies

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Session 25 -- Ellipticals and Dark Matter
Oral presentation, Monday, 9, 1995, 10:00am - 11:30am

[25.04] Mapping Dark Matter Around Early-Type Galaxies

B. Tremblay, D. Merritt, T. Williams (Rutgers University)

As part of an ongoing study to map the dark matter around early-type galaxies using the kinematics of planetary nebula systems, we have obtained radial velocities of $\sim$150 planetary nebulae around the E7/SB0 galaxy NGC 3384 using the Rutgers Fabry-Perot interferometer. We present preliminary results on the distribution of dark matter in the galaxy's halo and on the kinematics of the planetary nebula system. The planetaries display a well-ordered rotation field with a peak velocity of about 250 km/s. We discuss the implications of our results for the dynamics of the N3379--N3384 pair and the HI ring surrounding these galaxies.

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