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- One of the few surviving signatures, at low redshift, of the process of galaxy formation should be the distribution of shapes of elliptical galaxies. Yet the problem of inferring this distribution from the observed ellipticals is still unsolved, because insufficient use has been made of kinematic information. The levels of 'sophistication' of the theoretical models and of the observations have up to now been poorly matched. The kinematic data available for most ellipticals consists of only major and minor axis spectra; and Franx et al. (1991) find, using simple geometric models, that the addition of only one kinematic parameter (the ratio of minor axis to major axis rotation velocity) to the photometry is just not enough to finely constrain the intrinsic shape distribution. On the other hand, the more elaborate self-consistent models (e.g., Levison and Richstone 1987, Statler 1987) have made only infrequent and model-dependent predictions of complicated velocity patterns, mostly at small radii, and have not discussed how they change with shape.
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NASA. Ames Research Center, The Evolution of Galaxies and Their Environment; p 213-214.
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