Journal Article

The near-IR <i>M</i><sub>bh</sub>–<i>L</i> and <i>M</i><sub>bh</sub>–<i>n</i> relations

Marina Vika, Simon P. Driver, Ewan Cameron, Lee Kelvin and Aaron Robotham

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 419, issue 3, pages 2264-2292
Published in print January 2012 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online January 2012 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
The near-IR Mbh–L and Mbh–n relations

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We present near-infrared (near-IR) surface photometry (2D profiling) for a sample of 29 nearby galaxies for which supermassive black hole (SMBH) masses are constrained. The data are derived from the UKIDSS-LAS representing a significant improvement in image quality and depth over previous studies based on Two Micron All Sky Survey data. We derive the spheroid luminosity and spheroid Sérsic index for each galaxy with galfit3 and use these data to construct SMBH mass–bulge luminosity (MbhL) and SMBH–Sérsic index (Mbhn) relations. The best-fitting K-band relation for elliptical and disc galaxies is log (Mbh/M) =−0.36(±0.03)(MK+ 18) + 6.17(±0.16), with an intrinsic scatter of 0.4+0.09−0.06 dex, whilst for elliptical galaxies we find log (Mbh/M) =−0.42(±0.06)(MK+ 22) + 7.5(±0.15), with an intrinsic scatter of 0.31+0.087−0.047 dex. Our revised MbhL relation agrees closely with the previous near-IR constraint by Graham. The lack of improvement in the intrinsic scatter in moving to higher quality near-IR data suggests that the SMBH relations are not currently limited by the quality of the imaging data but is either intrinsic or a result of uncertainty in the precise number of required components required in the profiling process. Contrary to expectation, a relation between SMBH mass and the Sérsic index was not found at near-IR wavelengths. This latter outcome is believed to be explained by the generic inconsistencies between 1D and 2D galaxy profiling which are currently under further investigation.

Keywords: galaxies: bulges; galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD; galaxies: fundamental parameters; galaxies: nuclei; galaxies: photometry; galaxies: structure

Journal Article.  10669 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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