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Astron. Astrophys. 350, 399-413 (1999)

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Multicolor photometric properties of six early-type galaxies *

M.F. Saraiva, F. Ferrari and M.G. Pastoriza

Departamento de Astronomia, Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Av. Bento Gonçalves, 9500 - C.P. 15051, 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS - Brazil

Received 2 March 1999 / Accepted 19 July 1999


We present BVRI CCD surface photometry for 4 elliptical and 2 S0 galaxies that show bright emission lines in their nuclear spectra. We obtained isophote maps, luminosity profiles, and basic photometric parameters. We also obtained continuum subtracted H[FORMULA]+[NII] images for 5 galaxies in our sample, but only in two of them, NGC 6858 and ESO 185-54, we detected emission gas. We used the standard technique of ellipse fitting to determine the radial variation of surface brightness, color, ellipticity, position angle and the fourth order Fourier coefficient of the deviations from elliptical shape to look for isophotal twists, color gradients and fine structure variations. We have fitted an [FORMULA] Sérsic law to the light profiles, finding that it provides a better fit to the light profiles of the ellipticals than the traditional [FORMULA] law. However, this law does not provide a good fit for SO galaxies.

Key words: galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD – galaxies: photometry – galaxies: structure

* Based on observations made at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, National Optical Astronomy Observatories, operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under contract with the National Science Foundation, and at the Observatório do Pico dos Dias, CNPq/Laboratório Nacional de Astrofísica, Brazil.

Send offprint requests to: M.F. Saraiva (fatima@if.ufrgs.br)

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Online publication: October 4, 1999