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Paper: Dry Mergers and the Size Evolution of Early-type Galaxies
Volume: 453, Advances in Computational Astrophysics: Methods, Tools, and Outcome
Page: 233
Authors: Nipoti, C.
Abstract: Dry (i.e. dissipationless) merging has been proposed as the main driver of the observed size evolution of early-type galaxies (ETGs). The actual role of this mechanism is questioned by the tightness of the local stellar mass-size relation of ETGs. Combining this observed scaling law with simple merging models, which should bracket cosmologically motivated merging histories, we draw the following conclusions: 1) local massive ETGs can have assembled at most ∼ 45% of their stellar mass via dry mergers; 2) extreme fine tuning is required for this to be the case.
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