The stellar kinematics of elliptical galaxies

Davies, R.L. 1987. in de Zeeuw 1987, p. 63.

Observations on stellar kinematics of elliptical galaxies are discussed. Progress that has been made over the last four years in the study of the Faber-Jackson relation and the rotation of early-type galaxies as a function of luminosity is reviewed. Recent studies on the figures of elliptical galaxies and on whether ellipticals have constant mass-to-light ratio as a function of radius are examined.