Journal Article

Bar-driven evolution of S0s: the edge-on galaxy NGC 4570

Frank C. van den Bosch and Eric Emsellem

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 298, issue 1, pages 267-274
Published in print July 1998 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online July 1998 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Bar-driven evolution of S0s: the edge-on galaxy NGC 4570

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We present circumstantial evidence that the central region of the edge-on S0 galaxy NGC 4570, which harbours a 150-pc scale nuclear disc in addition to its main outer disc, has been shaped under the influence of a small (∼ 500 pc) bar. This is based on the discovery of two edge-on rings, the locations of which are consistent with the inner Lindblad and ultraharmonic resonances of a rapidly tumbling triaxial potential. Observed features in the photometry and rotation curve correspond nicely with the positions of the main resonances, strengthening the case for a tumbling bar potential. The relative blue colour of the ILR ring, and the complete absence of any detected ISM, indicates that the nuclear ring is made of relatively young (≲ 2 Gyr) stars. We discuss a possible secular evolution scenario for this complex multicomponent galaxy, which may also apply to many other S0 galaxies with observed rings and/or multiple disc components.

Keywords: galaxies: evolution; galaxies: individual: NGC 4570; galaxies: nuclei; galaxies: structure

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Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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