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Too big to be real? No depleted core in Holm 15a

By Paolo Bonfini, Bililign T. Dullo and Alister W. Graham


Partially depleted cores, as measured by core-Sérsic model "break radii," are typically tens to a few hundred parsecs in size. Here we investigate the unusually large (${R}_{\gamma \prime =0.5}$ = 4.57 kpc) depleted core recently reported for Holm 15A, the brightest cluster galaxy of Abell 85. We model the one-dimensional (1D) light profile, and also the two-dimensional (2D) image (using Galfit-Corsair, a tool for fitting the core-Sérsic model in 2D). We find good agreement between the 1D and 2D analyses, with minor discrepancies attributable to intrinsic ellipticity gradients. We show that a simple Sérsic profile (with a low index n and no depleted core) plus the known outer exponential "halo" provide a good description of the stellar distribution. We caution that while almost every galaxy light profile will have a radius where the negative logarithmic slope of the intensity profile $\gamma \prime $ equals 0.5, this alone does not imply the presence of a partially depleted core within this radius

Topics: Galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD, Galaxies: individual (Holm 15A), Galaxies: photometry, Galaxies: structure
Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing, Inc.
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1088/0004-637X
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