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IC 3328

Title: On the nature of IC 3328, an early-type dwarf galaxy with weak spiral structure
Authors: Thorsten Lisker, Burkhard Fuchs (ARI/ZAH, University of Heidelberg)
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Various early-type dwarf galaxies with disk features were identified in the Virgo cluster, including objects that display weak grand-design spiral arms despite being devoid of gas. Are these still related to the classical dEs, or are they a continuation of ordinary spiral galaxies? Kinematical information of acceptable quality is available for one of these galaxies, IC 3328. We perform an investigation of its dynamical configuration, taking into account the effect of asymmetric drift, and using the Toomre parameter as well as density wave considerations. The derived mass-to-light ratios and rotational velocities indicate the presence of a significant dynamically hot component in addition to the disk. However, unambiguous conclusions need to await the availability of further data for this and other early-type dwarfs with spiral structure.

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