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A photometric and kinematic study of the stars and interstellar medium in the central 2 kiloparsecs of NGC 3379

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A photometric and kinematic study of the stars and interstellar medium in the central 2 kiloparsecs of NGC 3379

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Título A photometric and kinematic study of the stars and interstellar medium in the central 2 kiloparsecs of NGC 3379
Autor Pastoriza, Miriani Griselda
Winge, Claudia
Ferrari, Fabricio
Macchetto, Ferdinando Duccio
Caon, Nicola
Abstract Hubble Space Telescope images of NGC 3379 show that the V and I luminosity profiles in the inner 13" of this E1 galaxy are represented by two di†erent components : a stellar bulge following a Sérsic law with exponent n=2.36 and a central core (r<0".7) with a characteristic ““"cuspy" profile. Subtraction of the underlying stellar component represented by the fitted Sérsic profile revealed the presence of a small (r≈105 pc) dust disk of about 150 Mʘ oriented at P.A.=125° and inclined ≈77° with respect to the line of sight. The same absorption structure is detected in the color index (V−I) image. The stellar rotation in the inner 20" is well represented by a parametric planar disk model, inclined ≈26° relative to the plane of the sky and with apparent major axis along P.A.≈67°. The gas velocity curves in the inner 5" show a steep gradient, indicating that the gas rotates much faster than the stars, although in the same direction. The velocity field of the gaseous system, however, is not consistent with the simple model of Keplerian rotation sustained by the large (7x10 9 Mʘ within a radius of ~90 pc) central mass implied by the maximum velocity observed, but the available data preclude a more detailed analysis.
Contido em The Astrophysical journal. Chicago. Vol. 529, no. 2 pt. 1 (Feb. 2000), p. 866-874
Assunto Astronomia infravermelha
Cinemática
Fotometria astronômica
Galaxias
Materia interestelar
Nucleo galatico
Poeira cosmica
[en] Galaxies : elliptical and lenticular, cD
[en] galaxies : individual (NGC 3379)
[en] galaxies : ISM
[en] galaxies : kinematics and dynamics
[en] galaxies : photometry
Origem Estrangeiro
Tipo Artigo de periódico
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10183/108879
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