On kinematic substructure in the Sextans dwarf spheroidal galaxy

Matthew G. Walker, Mario Mateo, Edward W. Olszewski, Jayanta Kumar Pal, Bodhisattva Sen, Michael Woodroofe

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We present multifiber echelle radial velocity results for 551 stars in the Sextans dwarf spheroidal galaxy and identify 294 stars as probable Sextans members. The projected velocity dispersion profile of the binned data remains flat to a maximum angular radius of 30′. We introduce a nonparametric technique for estimating the projected velocity dispersion surface and use this to search for kinematic substructure. Our data do not confirm previous reports of a kinematically distinct stellar population at the Sextans center. Instead we detect a region near the Sextans core radius that is kinematically colder than the overall Sextans sample with 95% confidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L41-L44
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 II
StatePublished - May 1 2006


  • Galaxies: dwarf
  • Galaxies: individual (Sextans)
  • Galaxies: kinematics and dynamics
  • Local Group

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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