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Paper: Shell Galaxies: Dynamical Friction, Gradual Satellite Decay and Merger Dating
Volume: 423, Galaxy Wars: Star Formation and Stellar Populations in Interacting Galaxies
Page: 236
Authors: Ebrová, I.; Jungwiert, B.; Canalizo, G.; Bennert, N.; Jílková, L.
Abstract: With the goal to refine modelling of shell galaxies and the use of shells to probe the merger history, we develop a new method for implementing dynamical friction in test-particle simulations of radial minor mergers. The friction is combined with a gradual decay of the dwarf galaxy. The coupling of both effects can considerably redistribute positions and luminosities of shells; neglecting them can lead to significant errors in attempts to date the merger.
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