We argue that the physical reason for the success of the Fundamental Plane and the D-n-sigma relation as distance estimators for elliptical galaxies is the existence of a relation between luminosity and mass with small intrinsic scatter. Therefore a better understanding of the luminosity and mass variables, and of the mass-luminosity relation, is needed to improve distance estimation for elliptical galaxies. We propose a distance indicator in the form of a mass-luminosity relation and use it to derive modifications to the Fundamental Plane and to the D-n-sigma relation. Note that distances estimated with these modified Fundamental Plane and D-n-sigma relations may, in practice, turn out to be less precise than those estimated with the standard relations when the added terms have large observational errors.
|Tijdschrift||Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society|
|Nummer van het tijdschrift||4|
|Status||Published - 15-okt.-1995|