Speaker: Eric Emsellem (ESO)
Title: Early-type galaxies: climbing to the top of the mass ladder
Nearby galaxies display a range of morphologies, sizes, masses, which
are the results of a complex set of formation and evolution processes.
In this talk, I will focus on early-type galaxies which contain about
half of all the stars in our local Universe. I will review our current
knowledge of how they form, what are the most important mechanisms which
shaped them, and illustrate how our understanding of these objects
changed over the last decade via the use of simulations and
integral-field spectroscopy. I will then focus on the most massive
galaxies, and report on results from numerical simulations and an
observational campaign conducted with the MUSE spectrograph, which led
to some interesting surprises.