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Integral field spectroscopy of the circum-nuclear region of the radio Galaxy Pictor A

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Integral field spectroscopy of the circum-nuclear region of the radio Galaxy Pictor A

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Título Integral field spectroscopy of the circum-nuclear region of the radio Galaxy Pictor A
Autor Couto, Guilherme dos Santos
Storchi-Bergmann, Thaisa
Robinson, Andrew
Riffel, Rogemar André
Kharb, Preeti
Lena, Davide
Müller, Allan Schnorr
Abstract We present optical integral field spectroscopy of the inner 2.5 × 3.4 kpc2 of the broad-line radio galaxy Pictor A, at a spatial resolution of ≈400 pc. Line emission is observed over the whole field of view, being strongest at the nucleus and in an elongated linear feature (ELF) crossing the nucleus from the south-west to the north-east along PA ≈70◦. Although the broad double-peaked Hα line and the [OI]6300/Hα and [S II]6717+31/Hα ratios are typical of active galactic nuclei (AGNs), the [NII]6584/Hα ratio (0.15–0.25) is unusually low. We suggest that this is due to the unusually low metallicity of the gas. Centroid velocity maps show mostly blueshifts to the south and redshifts to the north of the nucleus, but the velocity field is not well fitted by a rotation model. Velocity dispersions are low (<100 km s−1 ) along the ELF, ruling out a jet–cloud interaction as the origin of this structure. The ELF shows both blueshifts and redshifts in channel maps, suggesting that it is close to the plane of the sky. The ELF is evidently photoionized by the AGN, but its kinematics and inferred low metallicity suggest that this structure may have originated in a past merger event with another galaxy.We suggest that the gas acquired in this interaction may be feeding the ELF.
Contido em Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Oxford. Vol. 458, no. 1 (May 2016), p. 855–867
Assunto Galáxia Pictor A
Galáxias ativas
Nucleo galatico
[en] Galaxies: active
[en] Galaxies: individual: Pictor A
[en] Galaxies: jets
[en] Galaxies: nuclei
Origem Estrangeiro
Tipo Artigo de periódico
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10183/148929
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