Old elliptical galaxies at z ~= 1.5 and the Kormendy relation

I. Waddington, R. A. Windhorst, S. H. Cohen, James Dunlop, John Peacock, R. Jimenez, R. J. McLure, A. J. Bunker, H. Spinrad, A. Dey, D. Stern

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Deep spectroscopy of the two Leiden-Berkeley Deep Survey mJy radio galaxies LBDS 53W069 and 53W091 has previously shown them to have old (>~3 Gyr) stellar populations at z~= 1.5. Here we present the results of Hubble Space Telescope (HST) observations with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) in F814W and with the Near-Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrograph (NICMOS) in F110W. We find that 53W069 has a de Vaucouleurs r1/4 profile in both the F814W and F110W data, with a mean effective radius of 0.30 +/- 0.06 arcsec (2.7 +/- 0.5 kpc). The rest-frame U-B colour gradient is consistent with that of present-day ellipticals, requiring a stellar population of supersolar (3 Zsolar) metallicity that formed on a very short time-scale at high redshift (z > 5). 53W091 has a regular r1/4 profile in F110W with an effective radius of 0.32 +/- 0.08 arcsec (2.9 +/- 0.7 kpc). The F814W profile is more extended and is consistent with the presence of a blue exponential disc that contributes 20 +/- 10 per cent of the flux within re. We find a rest-frame U-B colour gradient that is significantly larger than that observed in field ellipticals at z
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1342-1350
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2002


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