Journal Article

The modified Newtonian dynamics Fundamental Plane

V. F. Cardone, G. Angus, A. Diaferio, C. Tortora and R. Molinaro

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 412, issue 4, pages 2617-2630
Published in print April 2011 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online April 2011 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
The modified Newtonian dynamics Fundamental Plane

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Modified Newtonian dynamics (MOND) has been shown to be able to fit spiral galaxy rotation curves as well as giving a theoretical foundation for empirically determined scaling relations, such as the Tully–Fisher law, without the need for a dark matter halo. As a complementary analysis, one should investigate whether MOND can also reproduce the dynamics of early-type galaxies (ETGs) without dark matter. As a first step, we here show that MOND can indeed fit the observed central velocity dispersion σ0 of a large sample of ETGs assuming a simple MOND interpolating functions and constant anisotropy. We also show that, under some assumptions on the luminosity dependence of the Sérsic n parameter and the stellar mass-to-light ratio (M/L), MOND predicts a Fundamental Plane for ETGs: a loglinear relation among the effective radius Reff, σ0 and the mean effective intensity 〈Ie〉. However, we predict a tilt between the observed and the MOND Fundamental Planes.

Keywords: gravitation; galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD; galaxies: kinematics and dynamics; dark matter

Journal Article.  13135 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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