The Demography of Massive Dark Objects in Galaxy Centers
Abstract
We construct dynamical models for a sample of 36 nearby galaxies with Hubble Space Telescope (HST) photometry and groundbased kinematics. The models assume that each galaxy is axisymmetric, with a twointegral distribution function, arbitrary inclination angle, a positionindependent stellar masstolight ratio Upsilon, and a central massive dark object (MDO) of arbitrary mass M_•. They provide acceptable fits to 32 of the galaxies for some value of M_• and Upsilon the four galaxies that cannot be fitted have kinematically decoupled cores. The masstolight ratios inferred for the 32 wellfitted galaxies are consistent with the fundamentalplane correlation Upsilon ~ L^0.2, where L is galaxy luminosity. In all but six galaxies the models require at the 95% confidence level an MDO of mass M_• ~ 0.006M_bulge = 0.006UpsilonL. Five of the six galaxies consistent with M_• = 0 are also consistent with this correlation. The other (NGC 7332) has a much stronger upper limit on M_•. We predict the secondmoment profiles that should be observed at HST resolution for the 32 galaxies that our models describe well. We consider various parameterizations for the probability distribution describing the correlation of the masses of these MDOs with other galaxy properties. One of the best models can be summarized thus: a fraction f ~= 0.97 of earlytype galaxies have MDOs, whose masses are well described by a Gaussian distribution in log (M_•/M_bulge) of mean 2.28 and standard deviation ~0.51. There is also marginal evidence that M_• is distributed differently for ``core'' and ``power law'' galaxies, with core galaxies having a somewhat steeper dependence on M_bulge.
 Publication:

The Astronomical Journal
 Pub Date:
 June 1998
 DOI:
 10.1086/300353
 arXiv:
 arXiv:astroph/9708072
 Bibcode:
 1998AJ....115.2285M
 Keywords:

 COSMOLOGY: DARK MATTER;
 GALAXIES: NUCLEI;
 Astrophysics
 EPrint:
 28 pages including 13 figures and 4 tables. Submitted to AJ