We present the results of N-body simulations of the accretion of high-density dwarf galaxies by low-density giant galaxies. Both galaxies contain power-law central density cusps and point masses representing supermassive black holes; the ratio of galaxy masses is 3 : 1. The cusp of the dwarf galaxy is always disrupted during the merger, leading to a remnant with a weak power law in the intrinsic density and a “core”in the projected density. Removing both black holes from the giant and dwarf galaxies allows the dwarf galaxy to remain intact and leads to a remnant with a high central density, contrary to what is observed. Our results support the hypothesis than the persistence of low-density cores in giant galaxies following mergers is a consequence of the existence of supermassive central black holes.
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Merritt, David and Cruz, Fidel, "Galactic mergers with supermassive black holes" (2001). Accessed from
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