Magellan/M2FS Spectroscopy of Galaxy Clusters: Stellar Population Model and Application to Abell 267

Evan Tucker, Matthew G. Walker, Mario Mateo, Edward W. Olszewski, John I. Bailey, Jeffrey D. Crane, Stephen A. Shectman

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Abstract

We report the results of a pilot program to use the Magellan/M2FS spectrograph to survey the galactic populations and internal kinematics of galaxy clusters. For this initial study, we present spectroscopic measurements for 223 quiescent galaxies observed along the line of sight of the galaxy cluster Abell 267 (z ∼ 0.23). We develop a Bayesian method for modeling the integrated light from each galaxy as a simple stellar population, with free parameters that specify the redshift (vlos/c) and characteristic age, metallicity ([Fe/H]), alpha-abundance ([α/Fe]), and internal velocity dispersion (σint) for individual galaxies. Parameter estimates derived from our 1.5 hr observation of A267 have median random errors of σvlos = 20 km s-1, σAge = 1.2 Gyr, σ[Fe/H]=0.11 dex, σ[α/Fe] = 0.07 dex, and σ σint = 20 km s-1. In a companion paper, we use these results to model the structure and internal kinematics of A267.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number113
JournalAstronomical Journal
Volume154
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2017

Keywords

  • galaxies: clusters: individual (Abell 267)
  • galaxies: general
  • techniques: imaging spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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