Globular cluster systems and the origin of early-type dwarfs in Virgo

Dr. Rubén Sánchez-Janssen

Abstract

Early-type dwarfs (dEs) are by far the most abundant galaxy population in nearby clusters. Whether these objects are primordial, or recent end-products of the different physical mechanisms that can transform galaxies once they enter these high-density environments, is still a matter of debate. Here we present a novel approach to test the latter scenario by comparing the properties of the globular cluster systems of dEs and their potential progenitors with simple predictions from gravitational and hydrodynamical interactions. Current data in the literature do not favour violent mechanisms, but gentle processes with long timescales or that took place at the early stages of their formation.

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Globular cluster systems and the origin of early-type dwarfs in Virgo
Dr. Rubén Sánchez-Janssen
European Southern Observatory, Chile
Tuesday January 11, 2011 - 0:00  (Aula)
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