AAS 196th Meeting, June 2000
Session 21. Supermassive Blackhole Research and Advances with STIS
Topical Session Oral, Tuesday, June 6, 2000, 8:30-10:00am, 10:45am-12:30pm, 2:00-3:30pm, 3:45-5:30pm, Lilac Ballroom

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[21.11] Dynamical modeling of M32 with stellar kinematics from STIS

M. Valluri (University of Chicago), C.L. Joseph, D.R. Merritt, R.O. Olling (Rutgers University), STIS GTO Team

We present kinematics of the nuclear region of M32 obtained using the STIS spectrograph. We will present models for the stellar kinematics in the nucleus of the galaxy. The models are designed to fit both STIS and ground based kinematics for this galaxy. Several important insights can be derived from simple kinematics models. These will be presented in conjunction with preliminary results from three-integral models that are constructed using Schwarzschild's orbit superposition technique. The high spatial resolution of the STIS data poses special challenges for the modeling.

Support for this work was provided in part to the STIS IDT through NASA grant NAG5-3158.

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