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Paper: What Hydrodynamical Simulations Tell Us about the Radial Properties of the Stellar Populations in Ellipticals
Volume: 390, Pathways Through an Eclectic Universe
Page: 316
Authors: Pipino, A.; D’Ercole, A.; Matteucci, F.
Abstract: Elliptical galaxies probably host the most metal rich stellar populations in the Universe. The processes leading to both the formation and the evolution of such stars are discussed by means of a new gas dynamical model which implements detailed chemical evolution prescriptions. Moreover, the radial variations in the metallicity distribution of these stars are investigated by means of G-dwarf-like diagrams.

By comparing model predictions with observations, we derive a picture of galaxy formation in which the higher the mass of the galaxy is, the shorter are the infall and the star formation timescales. The galaxies seem to have formed from the outside in, namely the most external regions accrete gas, form stars and develop a galactic wind very quickly (a few Myr) compared to the central core, where the star formation can last up to 1Gyr.

We show for the first time a model able to reproduce the mass–metallicity and the color–magnitude relations, as well as the radial metallicity gradient, and, at the same time, the observed either positive or negative slopes in the [α/Fe] abundance ratio gradient in stars.

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