SDSS-IV MaNGA: Probing the Kinematic Morphology-Density Relation of Early-type Galaxies with MaNGA

J. E. Greene, A. Leauthaud, E. Emsellem, D. Goddard, J. Ge, B. H. Andrews, J. Brinkman, J. R. Brownstein, J. Greco, D. Law, Y. T. Lin, K. L. Masters, M. Merrifield, S. More, N. Okabe, D. P. Schneider, D. Thomas, D. A. Wake, R. Yan, N. Drory

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The kinematic morphologydensity relation for early-type galaxies posits that those galaxies with low angular momentum are preferentially found in the highest-density regions of the universe. We use a large sample of galaxy groups with halo masses 1012.5 <Mhalo <10 14.5 h-1 M⊙ observed with the Mapping Nearby Galaxies at APO (MaNGA) survey to examine whether there is a correlation between local environment and rotational support that is independent of stellar mass. We find no compelling evidence for a relationship between the angular momentum content of early-type galaxies and either local overdensity or radial position within the group at fixed stellar mass.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberL33
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 20 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, and the Participating Institutions. SDSS-IV acknowledges support and resources from the Center for High-Performance Computing at the University of Utah. The SDSS web site is

Funding Information:
J.E.G. is partially supported by NSF AST-1411642. We thank M. Cappellari for useful discussions. We thank the referee for constructive comments that improved this manuscript and we thank Ada Elizabeth Greene Silverman for waiting an extra week to come into this world while her mother submitted the initial manuscript.


  • galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD
  • galaxies: groups: general
  • galaxies: kinematics and dynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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