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  1. The ringed X-galaxy NGC 7020

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    Buta, Ronald

    1990-01-01

    The southern SO (sup +) galaxy NGC 7020 presents an unusual morphology: it includes a very regular outer ring which is completely detached and which envelops an inner ring/lens zone with a hexagon surrounding an X shape. The outer ring has a high contrast compared to those usually observed in barred galaxies, yet NGC 7020 is not obviously barred. The morphology of this galaxy poses an interesting puzzle in that the hexagonal/X zone is not a typical type of feature to find in the interior of such a regular ring. Instead, the zone bears a striking resemblance to the edge-on galaxy IC 4767, recently studied by Whitmore and Bell (1988 = WB88) and dubbed by them as the X-galaxy because its inner regions appear to be crossed by two distinct enhancements lined at plus or minus 22 deg with respect to the major axis. The observation of a similar phenomenon in NGC 7020 is interesting because of the suggestion by WB88 that X structures could be related to accretion of matter associated with a merger or tidal encounter between an SO and a small satellite galaxy. If this interpretation is correct for NGC 7020, then it has important implications for the nature of the outer ring. An alternative interpretation is that the inner hexagonal/X zone is a region where resonant periodic orbits in a weak bi-symmetric potential perturbation are influencing the morphology more strongly than might be expected. A brief summary of a more extensive paper (Buta 1990c = B90c) and a few other details concerning this interesting galaxy are given.

  2. CHANDRA OBSERVATIONS OF THE COLLISIONAL RING GALAXY NGC 922

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    Prestwich, A. H.; Galache, J. L.; Zezas, A.; Linden, T.; Kalogera, V.; Roberts, T. P.; Kilgard, R.; Wolter, A.; Trinchieri, G.

    2012-03-10

    In this paper, we report on Chandra observations of the starburst galaxy NGC 922. NGC 922 is a drop-through ring galaxy with an expanding ring of star formation, similar in many respects to the Cartwheel galaxy. The Cartwheel galaxy is famous for hosting 12 ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs), most of which are in the star-forming ring. This is the largest number of ULXs seen in a single system and has led to speculation that the low metallicity of the Cartwheel (0.3 Z{sub Sun }) may optimize the conditions for ULX formation. In contrast, NGC 922 has metallicity near solar. The Chandra observations reveal a population of bright X-ray sources, including seven ULXs. The number of ULXs in NGC 922 and the Cartwheel scales with the star formation rate: we do not find any evidence for an excess of sources in the Cartwheel. Simulations of the binary population in these galaxies suggest that the ULX population in both systems is dominated by systems with strong wind accretion from supergiant donors onto direct-collapse black holes. The simulations correctly predict the ratio of the number of sources in NGC 922 and the Cartwheel. Thus, it would appear that the metallicity of the Cartwheel is not low enough to see a difference in the ULX population compared to NGC 922.

  3. Face on Barred and Ringed Spiral Galaxy NGC 3351

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    2005-01-01

    Ultraviolet image (left) and visual image (right) of the face on barred and ringed spiral galaxy NGC 3351 (M95). The morphological appearance of a galaxy can change dramatically between visual and ultraviolet wavelengths. In the case of M95, the nucleus and bar dominate the visual image. In the ultraviolet, the bar is not even visible and the ring and spiral arms dominate.

  4. The polar-ring galaxies NGC 2685 and NGC 3808B (VV 300)

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    Reshetnikov, V. P.; Yakovleva, V. A.

    1990-01-01

    Polar-ring galaxies (PRG) are among the most interesting examples of interaction between galaxies. A PRG is a galaxy with an elongated main body surrounded by a ring (or a disk) of stars, gas, and dust rotating in a near-polar plane (Schweizer, Whitmore, and Rubin, 1983). Accretion of matter by a massive lenticular galaxy from either intergalactic medium or a companion galaxy is usually considered as an explanation of the observed structure of PRG. In the latter case there are two possibilities: capture and merging of a neighbor galaxy, and accretion of mass from a companion galaxy during a close encounter. Two PRG formation scenarios just mentioned are illustrated here by the results of our observations of the peculiar galaxies NGC 2685 and NGC 3808B.

  5. Observational study of the candidate polar-ring galaxies NGC 304 and NGC 7625

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    Karataeva, G. M.; Kuznetsov, A. N.

    2008-09-01

    We present the results of our photometric ( BV R) and spectroscopic CCD observations of NGC 304 and NGC 7625, candidate polar-ring galaxies, performed with the 6-m Special Astrophysical Observatory telescope. For NGC 304, such a study has been carried out for the first time. We have obtained basic integrated characteristics of the galaxies and determined their morphological types (S0 for NGC 304 and Sa for NGC 7625). The absolute magnitudes of the galaxies, M B = -20m.81 for NGC 304 and M B = -19m.34 for NGC7625, are indicative of their fairly high luminosities. The disk and bulge parameters have been determined forNGC 304 (µ0 = 20m.60, h = 3.86 kpc, µ e = 21m.59, r e = 1.26 kpc in the B band); these correspond to the parameters of S0-type objects. The rotation velocity for NGC 304 (200 km s-1) reaches its maximum at a galactocentric distance of 3.1 kpc, which yields a mass estimate for the galaxy of 2.8 × 1010 mathcal{M}_ odot . The observed photometric features at the center of NGC 304 indicate that it may have an inner ring structure, although we have failed to confirm the existence of two kinematic systems based on our spectroscopic observations. In NGC 7625, the disk makes a dominant contribution to the total brightness. The derived integrated color indices ( B-V = 0m.81 and V-R = 0m.61) agree with previous determinations of other authors. We have estimated the учештсешщт in the inner galactic regions. In the outer regions, we have detected structures with bluer colors ( B-V = 0m.60), which may be indicative of a polar ring with a minor stellar component.

  6. NGC 3081 - Surface photometry and kinematics of a classic resonance ring barred galaxy

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    Buta, R.; Purcell, Guy B.

    1998-02-01

    This paper presents a detailed photometric and kinematic study of the well-known Seyfert 2 galaxy NGC 3081, one of the best examples of a resonance ring barred galaxy in the sky. Improved optical images compared to previous studies reveal that NGC 3081 is a classic R1R'2 galaxy, a type that shows a distinctive outer ring/pseudoring pattern at large radii that can be linked to orbit families at the outer Lindblad resonance (OLR). Together with an exceptionally strong inner ring and a blue nuclear ring, NGC 3081 has the rare distinction of having all four of the main types of resonance rings that have been predicted by test-particle models of barred spirals. NIR imaging of NGC 3081 reveals clear old rings connected to the inner ring and the R1 outer ring. Objective comparison of the B- and H-band positions of the inner ring indicates no significant difference in shape, major-axis position angle, or major-axis radius between the two passbands, in spite of the different stellar populations each band emphasizes. Imaging Fabry-Perot interferometry provides an intriguing picture of star formation in the galaxy and of the dynamics of the system. H-alpha emission is strong in the inner ring and is confined to a bounded elliptical annulus of diffuse emission whose ellipticity increases from the inner edge to the outer edge. A few H II regions are connected to the strong R1-type outer ring, particularly just off the major axis of the inner ring where 'dimples', typical of the R1 morphology, are found.

  7. THE STAR CLUSTER POPULATION OF THE COLLISIONAL RING GALAXY NGC 922

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    Pellerin, Anne; Meurer, Gerhardt R.; Bekki, Kenji; Elmegreen, Debra M.; Wong, O. Ivy; Knezek, Patricia M. E-mail: Gerhardt.Meurer@icrar.org E-mail: elmegreen@vassar.edu E-mail: knezek@noao.edu

    2010-04-15

    We present a detailed study of the star cluster population detected in the galaxy NGC 922, one of the closest collisional ring galaxies known to date, using Hubble Space Telescope/Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 UBVI photometry, population synthesis models, and N-body/smoothed particle hydrodynamics simulations. We find that 69% of the clusters are younger than 7 Myr, and that most of them are located in the ring or along the bar, consistent with the strong H{alpha} emission. The cluster luminosity function slope of 2.1-2.3 for NGC 922 is in agreement with those of young clusters in nearby galaxies. Models of the cluster age distribution match the observations best when cluster disruption is considered. We also find clusters with ages (>50 Myr) and masses (>10{sup 5} M {sub sun}) that are excellent progenitors for faint fuzzy clusters. The images also show a tidal plume pointing toward the companion. Its stellar age from our analysis is consistent with pre-existing stars that were stripped off during the passage of the companion. Finally, a comparison of the star-forming complexes observed in NGC 922 with those of a distant ring galaxy from the GOODS field indicates very similar masses and sizes, suggesting similar origins.

  8. The Hubble Heritage Image of the Polar-Ring Galaxy NGC 4650A

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    Kinney, A. L.; Gallagher, J.; Matthews, L.; Sparke, L.; Bond, H. E.; Christian, C. A.; English, J.; Frattare, L.; Hamilton, F.; Levay, Z.; Noll, K.; Hubble Heritage Team

    1999-05-01

    The Hubble Heritage Project has the aim of providing the public with pictorially striking images of celestial objects obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope. As part of the Heritage Project, we have used HST to obtain a multi-color image of the peculiar galaxy NGC 4650A. This was the first Heritage observation for which the public joined in the target selection. NGC 4650A was chosen in the winter of 1998-99 from among several candidate objects by over 8,000 members of the public, who used the Heritage web site (heritage.stsci.edu) to register their votes. The WFPC2 observations were obtained in April 1999, in the wide B (F450W), wide V (F606W), and I (F814W) bands. The resulting full-color image will be presented at the AAS meeting and on our web site, and the actual data frames are available publicly in the HST archive for use by interested scientists. NGC 4650A, located at a distance of about 40 Mpc, is the best-known and most spectacular example of the rare class of ``polar-ring'' galaxies. These objects are probably the remnants of collisions, in which the debris from a disrupted, gas-rich smaller galaxy has gone into orbit around a larger galaxy. The HST image of NGC 4650A shows a rotating, almost edge-on inner disk of old red stars, around which orbits a younger ring of dust, gas, and stars, in a plane that is nearly perpendicular to that of the old disk. Numerous young blue star clusters reveal that active star formation is occurring within the polar ring, triggered by the collision process. Polar rings are particularly useful for probing the distribution of dark matter in galactic halos.

  9. NGC 7217: A Spheroid-dominated, Early-Type Resonance Ring Spiral Galaxy

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    Buta, R.; van Driel, W.; Braine, J.; Combes, F.; Wakamatsu, K.; Sofue, Y.; Tomita, A.

    1995-09-01

    NGC 7217 is a well-known northern spiral galaxy which is characterized by flocculent spiral structure and a series of three optical ringlike zones: a nuclear ring 21" in diameter, a weak inner ring 63" in diameter, and a striking outer ring 2'.6 in diameter. The rings all have nearly the same shape and position angle in projection. The appearance of the galaxy suggests that it may be more axisymmetric than the typical spiral galaxy, since there is little evidence for the presence of a bar, oval, or stellar density wave. This makes the origin of the ring features uncertain. In an effort to understand this kind of ringed galaxy, which is by no means typical, we have obtained multicolor CCD BVRI images, accurate surface photometry, mappings of the CO and H I gas distributions, and rotational velocities from Hα and H I spectral line data. Our deep surface photometry has revealed an important feature of NGC 7217 that was missed in previous studies: The region occupied by the rings of the galaxy is surrounded by an extensive, nearly circular luminous halo. This halo cannot be merely an extension of the disk component because it is much rounder than the inner regions. Instead, we believe the light represents either the outer regions of the bulge or a separate stellar halo component. We are able to successfully model the luminosity profile in terms of an r114 "spheroid" and an exponential disk with a spheroid-to-total disk (including rings) luminosity ratio of 2.3-2.4. This makes NGC 7217 one of the most spheroid-dominated spirals known, and the finding has important implications for the recent discovery by Merrifield and Kuijken of a significant population of counter-rotating stars in the galaxy. Although the spiral structure of NGC 7217 is flocculent in blue light, there is a definite two-armed stellar spiral in the region of the outer ring. This ring includes about 4.4% of the total blue luminosity and is the locus of most of the recent star formation in the galaxy

  10. Compact stellar systems in the polar ring galaxies NGC 4650A and NGC 3808B: Clues to polar disk formation

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    Ordenes-Briceño, Yasna; Georgiev, Iskren Y.; Puzia, Thomas H.; Goudfrooij, Paul; Arnaboldi, Magda

    2016-01-01

    Context. Polar ring galaxies (PRGs) are composed of two kinematically distinct and nearly orthogonal components, a host galaxy (HG) and a polar ring/disk (PR). The HG usually contains an older stellar population than the PR. The suggested formation channel of PRGs is still poorly constrained. Suggested options are merger, gas accretion, tidal interaction, or a combination of both. Aims: To constrain the formation scenario of PRGs, we study the compact stellar systems (CSSs) in two PRGs at different evolutionary stages: NGC 4650A with well-defined PR, and NGC 3808 B, which is in the process of PR formation. Methods: We use archival HST/WFPC2 imaging in the F450W, F555W, or F606W and F814W filters. Extensive completeness tests, PSF-fitting techniques, and color selection criteria are used to select cluster candidates. Photometric analysis of the CSSs was performed to determine their ages and masses using stellar population models at a fixed metallicity. Results: Both PRGs contain young CSSs (<1 Gyr) with masses of up to 5 × 106M⊙, mostly located in the PR and along the tidal debris. The most massive CSSs may be progenitors of metal-rich globular clusters or ultra compact dwarf (UCD) galaxies. We identify one such young UCD candidate, NGC 3808 B-8, and measure its size of reff = 25.23+1.43-2.01 pc. We reconstruct the star formation history of the two PRGs and find strong peaks in the star formation rate (SFR, ≃200 M⊙/yr) in NGC 3808 B, while NGC 4650 A shows milder (declining) star formation (SFR< 10 M⊙/yr). This difference may support different evolutionary paths between these PRGs. Conclusions: The spatial distribution, masses, and peak star formation epoch of the clusters in NGC 3808 suggest for a tidally triggered star formation. Incompleteness at old ages prevents us from probing the SFR at earlier epochs of NGC 4650 A, where we observe the fading tail of CSS formation. This also impedes us from testing the formation scenarios of this PRG.

  11. Identification of an Extensive Luminous Halo Around the Ringed Spiral Galaxy NGC 7217

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    Buta, R.; van Driel, W.; Braine, J.; Combes, F.

    1993-12-01

    The isolated spiral galaxy NGC 7217 is characterized by flocculent spiral structure and three optical ring-like zones: a stellar nuclear ring, a weak inner pseudoring, and a bright patchy outer ring. The rings all have nearly the same shape and position angle in projection. To understand this kind of ringed galaxy, we have obtained deep CCD BVRI surface photometry and mapping of the CO and HI gas distributions and kinematics. Our images reveal something that was missed in previous studies: a large, nearly round halo of light extending far beyond the outer ring. We interpret this as bulge light which comes back to dominate the luminosity distribution at large radii. Ellipse fits to isophotes out to 240('') radius reveal a minimum axis ratio of 0.83 just outside the outer ring at 90('') , and then a rise to 0.96 at about 140('') . The luminosity profiles are well-fitted by a combined r({1/) 4} bulge and exponential disk model. In all filters, the bulge dominates at all radii, and the bulge-to-total disk ratio is about 2.3 (B). If the minimum axis ratio of 0.83 approximates the apparent flattening of the disk, then NGC 7217 is remarkably axisymmetric. Nevertheless, the I-band image reveals a tightly-wrapped, two-armed spiral pattern in the outer ring region. The outer ring includes 4.5% of the total B luminosity and is the locus of most of the recent star formation in the galaxy; it is also where the HI gas is concentrated. An additional noteworthy feature is a circumnuclear dust ring 1.2 kpc in diameter. Other dust lanes are seen only on the near side of the galaxy. The rings of NGC 7217 could be resonances with a very weak internal perturbation. We are attempting to simulate the structure using the I-band light distribution to help define the potential. But most interesting is the recent discovery of a substantial population of counter-rotating stars in the galaxy (Kuijken 1993, PASP, 105, 1016). One possible explanation for these stars is that the bulge is more

  12. Polarimetric imaging of the polar ring galaxy NGC 660 - evidence for dust outside the stellar disk

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    Alton, P. B.; Stockdale, D. P.; Scarrott, S. M.; Wolstencroft, R. D.

    2000-05-01

    Optical imaging polarimetry has been carried out for the polar ring, starburst galaxy NGC 660. This galaxy has a highly inclined, severely tidally-disturbed disk which is surrounded by a gas-rich, polar ring. We detect scattered light from a large part of the halo and this is attributable to dust grains residing up to =~ 2.5 kpc from the stellar disk. There is evidence from emission-line imaging carried out in the past, that NGC 660 is host to an energetic outflow of hot gas along the minor axis (a `superwind'). Our results indicate that dust grains are entrained in this same outflow. Polarization due to scattering, however, is also present at positions away from the minor axis suggesting that grains may also be displaced from the stellar disk by tidal forces exerted during galactic collisions. Where the polar ring occludes the stellar disk we observe polarization due to magnetically aligned, dichroic grains. By comparing the recorded polarization with the associated optical extinction we infer that the magnetic field in the ring has a lower (but still comparable) strength to the magnetic field in the Milky Way. We also derive a dust-to-gas ratio for the ring and this is about a factor of 2-3 lower than in the solar neighbourhood (but close to the value measured in some nearby spirals). If the ring comprises the remnants of the `interloper' which collided with NGC 660, we expect that the ruptured galaxy was a massive, metal-rich spiral.

  13. The NGC 1614 interacting galaxy. Molecular gas feeding a "ring of fire"

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    König, S.; Aalto, S.; Muller, S.; Beswick, R. J.; Gallagher, J. S.

    2013-05-01

    Minor mergers frequently occur between giant and gas-rich low-mass galaxies and can provide significant amounts of interstellar matter to refuel star formation and power active galactic nuclei (AGN) in the giant systems. Major starbursts and/or AGN result when fresh gas is transported and compressed in the central regions of the giant galaxy. This is the situation in the starburst minor merger NGC 1614, whose molecular medium we explore at half-arcsecond angular resolution through our observations of 12CO (2-1) emission using the Submillimeter Array (SMA). We compare our 12CO (2-1) maps with optical and Paα, Hubble Space Telescope and high angular resolution radio continuum images to study the relationships between dense molecular gas and the NGC 1614 starburst region. The most intense 12CO emission occurs in a partial ring with ~230 pc radius around the center of NGC 1614, with an extension to the northwest into the dust lane that contains diffuse molecular gas. We resolve ten giant molecular associations (GMAs) in the ring, which has an integrated molecular mass of ~8 × 108 M⊙. Our interferometric observations filter out a large part of the 12CO (1-0) emission mapped at shorter spacings, indicating that most of the molecular gas is diffuse and that GMAs only exist near and within the circumnuclear ring. The molecular ring is uneven with most of the mass on the western side, which also contains GMAs extending into a pronounced tidal dust lane. The spatial and kinematic patterns in our data suggest that the northwest extension of the ring is a cosmic umbilical cord that is feeding molecular gas associated with the dust lane and tidal debris into the nuclear ring, which contains the bulk of the starburst activity. The astrophysical process for producing a ring structure for the final resting place of accreted gas in NGC 1614 is not fully understood, but the presence of numerous GMAs suggests an orbit-crowding or resonance phenomenon. There is some evidence that

  14. Two-dimensional Spectroscopy in the Circumnuclear Region of the Seyfert 1 Ring Galaxy NGC 985

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    Arribas, S.; Mediavilla, E.; del Burgo, C.; García-Lorenzo, B.

    1999-02-01

    We present two-dimensional optical spectroscopy of the central region (9.4"×12.2") of the Seyfert 1 ring galaxy NGC 985 obtained with an optical fiber system (two-dimensional Fiber ISIS System). The 95 spectra presented here include the Hβ-[O III] λλ4959, 5007 emission lines and the Mg I b absorption lines, which permit the study of the distribution and kinematics of the ionized gas and the stars in two dimensions. In agreement with the results of other authors, the continuum maps show the presence of two maxima: the bright Seyfert 1 nucleus and a second nucleus located about 3.7" to the northwest. These observations confirm that this second nucleus is an extragalactic object at the same redshift as that of NGC 985. These observations indicate an anisotropic distribution of the ionized gas around the Seyfert nucleus. Despite this, the velocity field of the ionized gas shows a rather regular pattern, its general kinematic properties being similar to those found in other unperturbed spiral Seyfert galaxies. Many of the spectra in the region between the Seyfert and the secondary nucleus have asymmetric and relatively broad [O III] emission-line profiles. The kinematic center of the stellar velocity field is located in the neighborhood of the Seyfert nucleus, suggesting that this nucleus is related to the main stellar component. Therefore, these observations support the hypothesis that NGC 985 is the result of a two-galaxy collision in which the intruder (elliptical or spheroidal) galaxy would be what is now the secondary nucleus, while the Seyfert activity is associated with the nucleus of the primary disk galaxy. In spite of the strong disruption that defines the large-scale morphology of NGC 985, the stellar and ionized gas kinematics do not appear significantly perturbed in the circumnuclear region.

  15. Ring Galaxies

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    Dennefeld, M.; Materne, J.

    1980-09-01

    Among the 338 exotic, intriguing and/or fascinating objects contained in Arp's catalogue of peculiar galaxies, two, Arp 146 and 147, are calling special attention as a presumably separate class of objects displaying closed rings with almost empty interior. It is difficult to find out when, historically speaking, attention was called first to this type of object as a peculiar class, but certainly ga1axies with rings were widely found and recognized in the early sixties, ul}der others by Vorontsov-Velyaminov (1960), Sandage (1961) in the Hubble Atlas or de Vaucouleurs (1964) in the first reference catalogue of ga1axies. The most recent estimates by Arp and Madore (1977) from a search on about 200 Schmidt plates covering 7,000 square degrees give 3.6 per cent of ring galaxies among 2,784 peculiar galaxies found. However, despite the mythological perfection associated with a circle, some ordering is necessary before trying to understand the nature of such objects. This is particularly true because a large fraction of those galaxies with rings are probably normal spiral galaxies of type RS or S(r) as defined by de Vaucouleurs, where the spiral arms are simply "closing the circle". A good example of such "ordinary" galaxy is NGC 3081 in the Hubble Atlas .

  16. Probing the X-Ray Binary Populations of the Ring Galaxy NGC 1291

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    Luo, B.; Fabbiano, G.; Fragos, T.; Kim, D. W.; Belczynski, K.; Brassington, N. J.; Pellegrini, S.; Tzanavaris, P.; Wang, J.; Zezas, A.

    2012-01-01

    We present Chandra studies of the X-ray binary (XRB) populations in the bulge and ring regions of the ring galaxy NGC 1291. We detect 169 X-ray point sources in the galaxy, 75 in the bulge and 71 in the ring, utilizing the four available Chandra observations totaling an effective exposure of 179 ks. We report photometric properties of these sources in a point-source catalog. There are approx. 40% of the bulge sources and approx. 25% of the ring sources showing > 3(sigma) long-term variability in their X-ray count rate. The X-ray colors suggest that a significant fraction of the bulge (approx. 75%) and ring (approx. 65%) sources are likely low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs). The spectra of the nuclear source indicate that it is a low-luminosity AGN with moderate obscuration; spectral variability is observed between individual observations. We construct 0.3-8.0 keV X-ray luminosity functions (XLFs) for the bulge and ring XRB populations, taking into account the detection incompleteness and background AGN contamination. We reach 90% completeness limits of approx.1.5 x 10(exp 37) and approx. 2.2 x 10(exp 37) erg/s for the bulge and ring populations, respectively. Both XLFs can be fit with a broken power-law model, and the shapes are consistent with those expected for populations dominated by LMXBs. We perform detailed population synthesis modeling of the XRB populations in NGC 1291 , which suggests that the observed combined XLF is dominated by aD old LMXB population. We compare the bulge and ring XRB populations, and argue that the ring XRBs are associated with a younger stellar population than the bulge sources, based on the relative over-density of X-ray sources in the ring, the generally harder X-ray color of the ring sources, the overabundance of luminous sources in the combined XLF, and the flatter shape of the ring XLF.

  17. Ultraviolet Signposts of Resonant Dynamics in the Starburst-ringed SAB Galaxy M94 (NGC 4736)

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    Waller, William H.; Fanelli, Michael N.; Keel, William C.; Bohlin, Ralph; Collins, Nicholas R.; Madore, Barry F.; Marcum, Pamela M.; Neff, Susan G.; O'Connell, Robert W.; Offenberg, Joel D.; Roberts, Morton S.; Smith, Andrew M.; Stecher, Theodore P.

    2001-03-01

    The dynamic orchestration of star-birth activity in the starburst-ringed galaxy M94 (NGC 4736) is investigated using images from the Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (UIT; far-ultraviolet [FUV] band), Hubble Space Telescope (HST; near-ultraviolet [NUV] band), Kitt Peak 0.9 m telescope (Hα, R, and I bands), and Palomar 5 m telescope (B band), along with spectra from the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) and the Lick 1 m telescope. The wide-field UIT image shows FUV emission from (1) an elongated nucleus, (2) a diffuse inner disk, where Hα is observed in absorption, (3) a bright inner ring of H II regions at the perimeter of the inner disk (R=48"=1.1 kpc), and (4) two 500 pc size knots of hot stars exterior to the ring on diametrically opposite sides of the nucleus (R=130"=2.9 kpc). The HST Faint Object Camera image resolves the NUV emission from the nuclear region into a bright core and a faint 20" long ``minibar'' at a position angle of 30°. Optical and IUE spectroscopy of the nucleus and diffuse inner disk indicates a ~107-108 yr old stellar population from low-level star-birth activity blended with some LINER activity. Analysis of the Hα-, FUV-, NUV-, B-, R-, and I-band emissions, along with other observed tracers of stars and gas in M94, indicates that most of the star formation is being orchestrated via ring-bar dynamics, involving the nuclear minibar, inner ring, oval disk, and outer ring. The inner starburst ring and bisymmetric knots at intermediate radius, in particular, argue for bar-mediated resonances as the primary drivers of evolution in M94 at the present epoch. Similar processes may be governing the evolution of the ``core-dominated'' galaxies that have been observed at high redshift. The gravitationally lensed ``Pretzel Galaxy'' (0024+1654) at a redshift of ~1.5 provides an important precedent in this regard.

  18. PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF THE CIRCUMNUCLEAR STARBURST RING IN THE BARRED GALAXY NGC 1097

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    Hsieh, Pei-Ying; Matsushita, Satoki; Ho, Paul T. P.; Wu, Ya-Lin; Liu, Guilin; Oi, Nagisa

    2011-08-01

    We report high-resolution {sup 12}CO(J = 2-1), {sup 13}CO(J = 2-1), and {sup 12}CO(J = 3-2) imaging of the Seyfert 1/starburst ring galaxy NGC 1097 with the Submillimeter Array for the purpose of studying the physical and kinematic properties of the 1 kpc circumnuclear starburst ring. Individual star clusters as detected in the Hubble Space Telescope map of Pa{alpha} line emission have been used to determine the star formation rate (SFR), and are compared with the properties of the molecular gas. The molecular ring has been resolved into individual clumps at the giant molecular cloud association (GMA) scale of 200-300 pc in all three CO lines. The intersection between the dust lanes and the starburst ring, which is associated with the orbit-crowding region, is resolved into two physically/kinematically distinct features in the 1.''5 x 1.''0 (105 x 70 pc) {sup 12}CO(J = 2-1) map. The clumps associated with the dust lanes have broader line widths, higher surface gas densities, and lower SFRs, while the narrow line clumps associated with the starburst ring have opposite characteristics. A Toomre-Q value lower than unity at the radius of the ring suggests that the molecular ring is gravitationally unstable to fragmentation at GMA scale. The line widths and surface density of the gas mass of the clumps show an azimuthal variation related to the large-scale dynamics. The SFR, on the other hand, is not significantly affected by the dynamics, but has a correlation with the intensity ratio of {sup 12}CO (J = 3-2) and {sup 12}CO(J = 2-1), which traces the denser gas associated with star formation. Our resolved CO map, especially in the orbit-crowding region, observationally demonstrates for the first time that the physical/kinematic properties of GMAs are affected by the large-scale bar-potential dynamics in NGC 1097.

  19. The far-infrared morphology of the double-ringed galaxy NGC 4736 (M94) - A ring surrounding an extended nucleus

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    Smith, Beverly J.; Lester, D. F.; Harvey, P. M.; Pogge, R. W.

    1991-01-01

    High spatial resolution 100-micron observations of the central region of the double-ringed spiral galaxy NGC 4736 (M94) were obtained using the Kuiper Airborne Observatory. The data show a strong central peak with secondary peaks at the radius of the inner ring (50 arcsec = 1.6 kpc). The nuclear emission is extended at 100 microns, with a radius of 15 arcsec (500 pc). The far-infrared morphology is similar to that of the molecular gas, while the H I distribution shows a pronounced central depression. Since most of the hydrogen gas in the inner regions of NGC 4736 is in molecular form, it is concluded that the far-infrared emission from NGC 4736 arises mainly from dust associated with molecular gas. The H-alpha distribution differs dramatically from the far-infrared and molecular gas distributions. The ring dominates the H-alpha emission, while the total 100-micron ring emission is only slightly larger than that of the nucleus, yielding an L(FIR)/L(H-alpha) for the nucleus about 100 times that of the ring. The bolometric luminosity of the stars in the inner 1 kpc of NGC 4736 is sufficient to power the far-infrared from this region, which suggests that a significant fraction of the far-infrared emission in the nuclear region of NGC 4736 is powered by non-OB stars rather than by star formation.

  20. The Rings Survey. I. Hα and H I Velocity Maps of Galaxy NGC 2280

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    Mitchell, Carl J.; Williams, T. B.; Spekkens, Kristine; Lee-Waddell, K.; Kuzio de Naray, Rachel; Sellwood, J. A.

    2015-03-01

    Precise measurements of gas kinematics in the disk of a spiral galaxy can be used to estimate its mass distribution. The Southern African Large Telescope has a large collecting area and field of view, and is equipped with a Fabry-Pérot (FP) interferometer that can measure gas kinematics in a galaxy from the Hα line. To take advantage of this capability, we have constructed a sample of 19 nearby spiral galaxies, the RSS Imaging and Spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey, as targets for detailed study of their mass distributions and have collected much of the needed data. In this paper, we present velocity maps produced from Hα FP interferometry and H i aperture synthesis for one of these galaxies, NGC 2280, and show that the two velocity measurements are generally in excellent agreement. Minor differences can mostly be attributed to the different spatial distributions of the excited and neutral gas in this galaxy, but we do detect some anomalous velocities in our Hα velocity map of the kind that have previously been detected in other galaxies. Models produced from our two velocity maps agree well with each other and our estimates of the systemic velocity and projection angles confirm previous measurements of these quantities for NGC 2280. Based in part on observations obtained with the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) program 2011-3-RU-003.

  1. Galaxy NGC 55

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    2003-01-01

    This image of the nearby edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 55 was taken by Galaxy Evolution Explorer on September 14, 2003, during 2 orbits. This galaxy lies 5.4 million light years from our Milky Way galaxy and is a member of the 'local group' of galaxies that also includes the Andromeda galaxy (M31), the Magellanic clouds, and 40 other galaxies. The spiral disk of NGC 55 is inclined to our line of sight by approximately 80 degrees and so this galaxy looks cigar-shaped. This picture is a combination of Galaxy Evolution Explorer images taken with the far ultraviolet (colored blue) and near ultraviolet detectors, (colored red). The bright blue regions in this image are areas of active star formation detected in the ultraviolet by Galaxy Evolution Explorer. The red stars in this image are foreground stars in our own Milky Way galaxy.

  2. Starburst Galaxy NGC 3310

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    1999-01-01

    Scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are studying the colors of star clusters to determine the age and history of starburst galaxies, a technique somewhat similar to the process of learning the age of a tree by counting its rings.

    This month's Hubble Heritage image showcases the galaxy NGC 3310. It is one of several starburst galaxies, which are hotbeds of star formation, being studied by Dr. Gerhardt Meurer and a team of scientists at Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Md.

    The picture, taken by Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, is online at http://heritage.stsci.edu and http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/pr/2001/26 and http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/wfpc . The camera was designed and built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

    Most galaxies form new stars at a fairly slow rate, but starburst galaxies blaze with extremely active star formation. Measuring the clusters' colors yields information about stellar temperatures. Since young stars are blue and older stars redder, the colors relate to their ages.

    NGC 3310 is forming clusters of new stars at a prodigious rate. The new image shows several hundred star clusters, visible as the bright blue, diffuse objects that trace the galaxy's spiral arms. Each of these star clusters represents the formation of up to about a million stars, a process that takes less than 100,000 years. In addition, hundreds of individual young, luminous stars can be seen throughout the galaxy.

    The star clusters become redder with age as the most massive and bluest stars exhaust their fuel and burn out. Measurements in this image of the wide range of cluster colors show their ages range between about one million and more than one hundred million years. This suggests that the starburst 'turned on' more than 100 million years ago. It may have been triggered when NGC 3310 collided with a companion galaxy.

    These observations may change astronomers' view of starbursts. Starbursts were once

  3. Galaxy NGC5474

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    2003-01-01

    NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer took this ultraviolet color image of the galaxy NGC5474 on June 7, 2003. NGC5474 is located 20 million light-years from Earth and is within a group of galaxies dominated by the Messier 101 galaxy. Star formation in this galaxy shows some evidence of a disturbed spiral pattern, which may have been induced by tidal interactions with Messier 101.

    The Galaxy Evolution Explorer mission is led by the California Institute of Technology, which is also responsible for the science operations and data analysis. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., a division of Caltech, manages the mission and built the science instrument. The mission was developed under NASA's Explorers Program, managed by the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The mission's international partners include South Korea and France.

  4. NGC 3124: A Resonance Ring Disk Galaxy with a Skewed Bar

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    Treuthardt, P.; Seigar, M. S.; Salo, H.; Kennefick, D.; Kennefick, J.; Lacy, C. H. S.

    2014-03-01

    NGC 3124 is a highly regular SB(r)bc galaxy harboring a skewed bar that appears to be a very open spiral, counter-winding relative to the outer spiral arms. We investigate whether such bar morphology can be due to secular processes or if a more violent interaction is necessary. We find that the dust morphology observed in the bar region has the same sense of winding as the outer spiral arms. We also find that the gas kinematics are consistent across the galaxy. Finally, we attempt to recreate the observed stellar morphology by simulating the behavior of a large number of stellar test particles in a rigidly rotating gravitational potential. We are able to reproduce the skewed stellar bar but find that it is transient in nature. This evidence is a strong indication that secular processes are responsible for this unusual bar morphology.

  5. Ring Around a Galaxy

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    1999-01-01

    Space Telescope Science Institute astronomers are giving the public chances to decide where to aim NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Guided by 8,000 Internet voters, Hubble has already been used to take a close-up, multi-color picture of the most popular object from a list of candidates, the extraordinary 'polar-ring' galaxy NGC 4650A. Located about 130 million light-years away, NGC 4650A is one of only 100 known polar-ring galaxies. Their unusual disk-ring structure is not yet understood fully. One possibility is that polar rings are the remnants of colossal collisions between two galaxies sometime in the distant past, probably at least 1 billion years ago. What is left of one galaxy has become the rotating inner disk of old red stars in the center. Meanwhile, another smaller galaxy which ventured too close was probably severely damaged or destroyed. The bright bluish clumps, which are especially prominent in the outer parts of the ring, are regions containing luminous young stars, examples of stellar rebirth from the remnants of an ancient galactic disaster. The polar ring appears to be highly distorted. No regular spiral pattern stands out in the main part of the ring, and the presence of young stars below the main ring on one side and above on the other shows that the ring is warped and does not lie in one plane. Determining the typical ages of the stars in the polar ring is an initial goal of our Polar Ring Science Team that can provide a clue to the evolution of this unusual galaxy. The HST exposures were acquired by the Hubble Heritage Team, consisting of Keith Noll, Howard Bond, Carol Christian, Jayanne English, Lisa Frattare, Forrest Hamilton, Anne Kinney and Zolt Levay, and guest collaborators Jay Gallagher (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Lynn Matthews (National Radio Astronomy Observatory-Charlottesville), and Linda Sparke (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

  6. Distribution of Molecules in the Circumnuclear Disk and Surrounding Starburst Ring in the Seyfert Galaxy NGC 1068 Observed with ALMA

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    Takano, S.; Nakajima, T.; Kohno, K.; Harada, N.; Herbst, E.; Tamura, Y.; Izumi, T.; Taniguchi, A.; Tosaki, T.

    2015-12-01

    We report distributions of several molecular transitions including shock and dust related species (13CO and C18O J = 1-0, 13CN N = 1-0, CS J = 2-1, SO JN = 32-21, HNCO JKa,Kc = 50,5-40,4, HC3N J = 11-10, 12-11, CH3OH JK = 2K-1K, and CH3CN JK = 6K-5K) in the nearby Seyfert 2 galaxy NGC 1068 observed with ALMA. The central ˜1' (˜4.3 kpc) of this galaxy was observed in the 100 GHz region with an angular resolution of ˜4" x 2" (290 pc x 140 pc) to study the effects of an active galactic nucleus and its surrounding starburst ring on molecular abundances. We report a classification of molecular distributions into three main categories. Organic molecules such as CH3CN are found to be concentrated in the circumnuclear disk. In the starburst ring, the intensity of methanol at each clumpy region is not consistent with that of 13CO.

  7. Pseudobulges in the Disk Galaxies NGC 7690 and NGC 4593

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    Kormendy, John; Cornell, Mark E.; Block, David L.; Knapen, Johan H.; Allard, Emma L.

    2006-05-01

    We present Ks-band surface photometry of NGC 7690 (Hubble type Sab) and NGC 4593 (SBb). We find that, in both galaxies, a major part of the ``bulge'' is as flat as the disk and has approximately the same color as the inner disk. In other words, the ``bulges'' of these galaxies have disklike properties. We conclude that these are examples of ``pseudobulges,'' that is, products of secular dynamical evolution. Nonaxisymmetries such as bars and oval disks transport disk gas toward the center. There star formation builds dense stellar components that look like-and often are mistaken for-merger-built bulges, but that were constructed slowly out of disk material. These pseudobulges can most easily be recognized when, as in the present galaxies, they retain disklike properties. NGC 7690 and NGC 4593 therefore contribute to the growing evidence that secular processes help to shape galaxies. NGC 4593 contains a nuclear ring of dust that is morphologically similar to nuclear rings of star formation that are seen in many barred and oval galaxies. The nuclear dust ring is connected to nearly radial dust lanes in the galaxy's bar. Such dust lanes are a signature of gas inflow. We suggest that gas is currently accumulating in the dust ring and hypothesize that the gas ring will starburst in the future. The observations of NGC 4593 therefore suggest that major starburst events that contribute to pseudobulge growth can be episodic. Based on observations made with the Anglo-Australian Telescope. Based in part on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained from the Data Archive at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). STScI is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS5-26555. The observations of NGC 7690 are associated with program IDs 7331 (NICMOS: M. Stiavelli) and 6359 (WFPC2: M. Stiavelli). The observations of NGC 4593 are associated with program IDs 7330 (NICMOS: J. Mulchaey), and 5479

  8. Magnetic fields in ring galaxies

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    Moss, D.; Mikhailov, E.; Silchenko, O.; Sokoloff, D.; Horellou, C.; Beck, R.

    2016-07-01

    Context. Many galaxies contain magnetic fields supported by galactic dynamo action. The investigation of these magnetic fields can be helpful for understanding galactic evolution; however, nothing definitive is known about magnetic fields in ring galaxies. Aims: Here we investigate large-scale magnetic fields in a previously unexplored context, namely ring galaxies, and concentrate our efforts on the structures that appear most promising for galactic dynamo action, i.e. outer star-forming rings in visually unbarred galaxies. Methods: We use tested methods for modelling α-Ω galactic dynamos, taking into account the available observational information concerning ionized interstellar matter in ring galaxies. Results: Our main result is that dynamo drivers in ring galaxies are strong enough to excite large-scale magnetic fields in the ring galaxies studied. The variety of dynamo driven magnetic configurations in ring galaxies obtained in our modelling is much richer than that found in classical spiral galaxies. In particular, various long-lived transients are possible. An especially interesting case is that of NGC 4513, where the ring counter-rotates with respect to the disc. Strong shear in the region between the disc and the ring is associated with unusually strong dynamo drivers in such counter-rotators. The effect of the strong drivers is found to be unexpectedly moderate. With counter-rotation in the disc, a generic model shows that a steady mixed parity magnetic configuration that is unknown for classical spiral galaxies, may be excited, although we do not specifically model NGC 4513. Conclusions: We deduce that ring galaxies constitute a morphological class of galaxies in which identification of large-scale magnetic fields from observations of polarized radio emission, as well as dynamo modelling, may be possible. Such studies have the potential to throw additional light on the physical nature of rings, their lifetimes, and evolution.

  9. NGC 3934: a shell galaxy in a compact galaxy environment

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    Bettoni, D.; Galletta, G.; Rampazzo, R.; Marino, A.; Mazzei, P.; Buson, L. M.

    2011-10-01

    Context. Mergers/accretions are considered the main drivers of the evolution of galaxies in groups. We investigate the NGC 3933 poor galaxy association that contains NGC 3934, which is classified as a polar-ring galaxy. Aims: The multi-band photometric analysis of NGC 3934 allows us to investigate the nature of this galaxy and to re-define the NGC 3933 group members with the aim to characterize the group's dynamical properties and its evolutionary phase. Methods: We imaged the group in the far (FUV, λeff = 1539 Å) and near (NUV, λeff = 2316 Å) ultraviolet (UV) bands of the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX). From the deep optical imaging we determined the fine structure of NGC 3934. We measured the recession velocity of PGC 213894 which shows that it belongs to the NGC 3933 group. We derived the spectral energy distribution (SED) from FUV to far-IR emission of the two brightest members of the group. We compared a grid of smooth particle hydrodynamical (SPH) chemo-photometric simulations with the SED and the integrated properties of NGC 3934 and NGC 3933 to devise their possible formation/evolutionary scenarios. Results: The NGC 3933 group has six bright members: a core composed of five galaxies, which have Hickson's compact group characteristics, and a more distant member, PGC 37112. The group velocity dispersion is relatively low (157 ± 44 km s-1). The projected mass, from the NUV photometry, is ~7 × 1012 M⊙ with a crossing time of 0.04 Hubble times, suggesting that at least in the center the group is virialized. We do not find evidence that NGC 3934 is a polar-ring galaxy, as suggested by the literature, but find that it is a disk galaxy with a prominent dust-lane structure and a wide type-II shell structure. Conclusions: NGC 3934 is a quite rare example of a shell galaxy in a likely dense galaxy region. The comparison between physically motivated SPH simulations with multi-band integrated photometry suggests that NGC 3934 is the product of a major merger.

  10. Galaxy NGC 1850

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    1999-01-01

    By spying on a neighboring galaxy, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of a young, globular-like star cluster -- a type of object unknown in our Milky Way Galaxy.

    The image, taken by Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, is online at http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/pr/2001/25 and http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/wfpc. The camera was designed and built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

    The double cluster NGC 1850 lies in a neighboring satellite galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud. It has two relatively young components. The main, globular-like cluster is in the center. A smaller cluster is seen below and to the right, composed of extremely hot, blue stars and fainter red T-Tauri stars. The main cluster is about 50 million years old; the smaller one is 4 million years old.

    A filigree pattern of diffuse gas surrounds NGC 1850. Scientists believe the pattern formed millions of years ago when massive stars in the main cluster exploded as supernovas.

    Hubble can observe a range of star types in NGC 1850, including the faint, low-mass T-Tauri stars, which are difficult to distinguish with ground-based telescopes. Hubble's fine angular resolution can pick out these stars, even in other galaxies. Massive stars of the OB type emit large amounts of energetic ultraviolet radiation, which is absorbed by the Earth's atmosphere. From Hubble's position above the atmosphere, it can detect this ultraviolet light.

    NGC 1850, the brightest star cluster in the Large Magellanic Cloud, is in the southern constellation of Dorado, called the Goldfish or the Swordfish. This image was created from five archival exposures taken by the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 between April 3, 1994 and February 6, 1996. More information about the Hubble Space Telescope is online at http://www.stsci.edu. More information about the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 is at http://wfpc2.jpl.nasa.gov.

    The Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore

  11. Galaxy NGC 4013

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    1999-01-01

    An amazing 'edge-on' view of a spiral galaxy 55 million light years from Earth has been captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. The image, available at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/pictures/wfpc , reveals in great detail huge clouds of dust and gas extending along and above the galaxy's main disk.

    The image was taken by Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, which was designed and built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

    The galaxy, called NGC 4013, lies in the direction of the constellation Ursa Major. If we could see it pole-on, it would look like a nearly circular pinwheel. In this Hubble image, NGC 4013 is seen edge-on, from our vantage point. Because the galaxy is larger than Hubble's field of view, the image shows only a little more than half the object, but with unprecedented detail.

    Dark clouds of interstellar dust stand out, since they absorb the light of background stars. Most of the clouds lie in the galaxy's plane and form the dark band, about 500 light years thick, that appears to cut the galaxy in two from upper right to lower left. Scientists believe that new stars form in dark interstellar clouds. NGC 4013 shows several examples of these stellar kindergartens near the center of the image, in front of the dark band along the galaxy's equator. One extremely bright star near the upper left corner is merely a nearby foreground star that lies in our Milky Way and happened to be in the line of sight.

    This new picture was constructed from Hubble images taken in January 2000 by Dr. J. Christopher Howk of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., and Dr. Blair D. Savage of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Images taken through three different filters have been combined into a color composite covering the region of the galaxy nucleus (behind the bright foreground star at the upper left) and extending along one edge of the galaxy to the lower right.

    The Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md., manages space

  12. Galaxy NGC 1512

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    1999-01-01

    A rainbow of colors is captured in the center of a magnificent barred spiral galaxy, as witnessed by the three cameras of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

    The color-composite image of the galaxy NGC 1512 was created from seven images taken with the JPL-designed and built Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC-2), along with the Faint Object Camera and the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer. Hubble's unique vantage point high above the atmosphere allows astronomers to see objects over a broad range of wavelengths from the ultraviolet to the infrared and to detect differences in the regions around newly born stars.

    The new image is online at http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/pr/2001/16 and http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/wfpc .

    The image reveals a stunning 2,400 light-year-wide circle of infant star clusters in the center of NGC 1512. Located 30 million light-years away in the southern constellation of Horologium, NGC 1512 is a neighbor of our Milky Way galaxy.

    With the Hubble data, a team of Israeli and American astronomers performed one of the broadest, most detailed studies ever of such star-forming regions. Results will appear in the June issue of the Astronomical Journal. The team includes Dr. Dan Maoz, Tel-Aviv University, Israel and Columbia University, New York, N.Y.; Dr. Aaron J. Barth, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass.; Dr. Luis C. Ho, The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington; Dr. Amiel Sternberg, Tel-Aviv University, Israel; and Dr. Alexei V. Filippenko, University of California, Berkeley.

    The Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md., manages space operations for the Hubble Space Telescope for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Institute is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy Inc., for NASA under contract with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international

  13. COOL DUST IN THE OUTER RING OF NGC 1291

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    Hinz, J. L.; Engelbracht, C. W.; Skibba, R.; Montiel, E.; Crocker, A.; Calzetti, D.; Donovan Meyer, J.; Sandstrom, K.; Walter, F.; Groves, B.; Meidt, S. E.; Johnson, B. D.; Hunt, L.; Aniano, G.; Draine, B.; Murphy, E. J.; Armus, L.; Dale, D. A.; Galametz, M.; Kennicutt, R. C.; and others

    2012-09-01

    We examine Herschel Space Observatory images of one nearby prototypical outer ring galaxy, NGC 1291, and show that the ring becomes more prominent at wavelengths longer than 160 {mu}m. The mass of cool dust in the ring dominates the total dust mass of the galaxy, accounting for at least 70% of it. The temperature of the emitting dust in the ring (T = 19.5 {+-} 0.3 K) is cooler than that of the inner galaxy (T = 25.7 {+-} 0.7 K). We discuss several explanations for the difference in dust temperature, including age and density differences in the stellar populations of the ring versus the bulge.

  14. Magnetic Fields in Barred Spiral Galaxies: NGC 2442 & NGC 7552

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    Ehle, M.; Harnett, J. I.; Beck, R.; Haynes, R. F.; Gray, A.

    2002-12-01

    We report on the total and polarised radio continuum emission of the southern barred galaxies NGC 2442 and NGC 7552 observed with the ATCA at λ6 cm (cf. Harnett et al. 2002). These galaxies form part of a sample of 20 barred galaxies mapped at several wavelengths with the ATCA and VLA (Beck et al. 2002) to study the role of magnetic fields in the bar with respect to the gas flow and star formation.

  15. The Superwind Galaxy NGC 4666

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    2010-09-01

    The galaxy NGC 4666 takes pride of place at the centre of this new image, made in visible light with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. NGC 4666 is a remarkable galaxy with very vigorous star formation and an unusual "superwind" of out-flowing gas. It had previously been observed in X-rays by the ESA XMM-Newton space telescope, and the image presented here was taken to allow further study of other objects detected in the earlier X-ray observations. The prominent galaxy NGC 4666 in the centre of the picture is a starburst galaxy, about 80 million light-years from Earth, in which particularly intense star formation is taking place. The starburst is thought to be caused by gravitational interactions between NGC 4666 and its neighbouring galaxies, including NGC 4668, visible to the lower left. These interactions often spark vigorous star-formation in the galaxies involved. A combination of supernova explosions and strong winds from massive stars in the starburst region drives a vast flow of gas from the galaxy into space - a so-called "superwind". The superwind is huge in scale, coming from the bright central region of the galaxy and extending for tens of thousands of light-years. As the superwind gas is very hot it emits radiation mostly as X-rays and in the radio part of the spectrum and cannot be seen in visible light images such as the one presented here. This image was made as part of a follow-up to observations made with the ESA XMM-Newton space telescope in X-rays. NGC 4666 was the target of the original XMM-Newton observations, but thanks to the telescope's wide field-of-view many other X-ray sources were also seen in the background. One such serendipitous detection is a faint galaxy cluster seen close to the bottom edge of the image, right of centre. This cluster is much further away from us than NGC 4666, at a distance of about three billion light-years. In order to fully understand the nature of

  16. Magnetic Fields in the Barred Galaxies NGC 1097 and NGC 1365

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    Shoutenkov, V.; Beck, R.; Shukurov, A.; Sokoloff, D.

    New polarization observations of the barred galaxies NGC 1097 and NGC 1365 have been made with the VLA at 6.2 and 3.5 cm. At both frequencies, NGC 1097 shows a strip of depolarization along the bar where the magnetic field is deflected by almost 90 degrees. Beck et al. (Nature, Vol. 397, p. 324) interpreted this strip as the location of a shear shock front which does not coincide with the dust lanes. Similar depolarized strips, also shifted from the dust lanes, are seen in NGC 1365. However, the magnetic field in this galaxy reveals a much smoother change in orientation than in NGC1097. Furthermore, high-resolution images of central ring in NGC 1097 have been obtained. The total power image shows individual blobs which correspond to magnetic field concentrations, not to star-formation regions in the ring. The magnetic field in the ring has a complex structure with a dominant spiral component. This may lead to mass inflow towards the active nucleus.

  17. LENTICULAR GALAXIES AT THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE LEO II GROUP: NGC 3599 AND NGC 3626

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    Sil'chenko, O. K.; Shulga, A. P.; Moiseev, A. V. E-mail: alina.shulga@gmail.co

    2010-11-15

    We have studied unbarred S0 galaxies, NGC 3599 and NGC 3626, the members of the X-ray bright group Leo II, by means of three-dimensional spectroscopy, long-slit spectroscopy, and imaging, with the aim of identifying the epoch and mechanisms of their transformation from spirals. Both galaxies have appeared to bear complex features obviously resulting from minor merging: decoupled gas kinematics, nuclear star-forming rings, and multi-tiered oval large-scale stellar disks. The weak emission line nucleus of NGC 3599 bears all signs of Seyfert activity, according to the line-ratio diagnostics of the gas excitation mechanism. We conclude that the transformation of these lenticular galaxies took place about 1-2 Gyr ago, through gravitational mechanisms unrelated to the hot intragroup medium of Leo II.

  18. A tidally distorted dwarf galaxy near NGC 4449.

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    Rich, R M; Collins, M L M; Black, C M; Longstaff, F A; Koch, A; Benson, A; Reitzel, D B

    2012-02-01

    NGC 4449 is a nearby Magellanic irregular starburst galaxy with a B-band absolute magnitude of -18 and a prominent, massive, intermediate-age nucleus at a distance from Earth of 3.8 megaparsecs (ref. 3). It is wreathed in an extraordinary neutral hydrogen (H I) complex, which includes rings, shells and a counter-rotating core, spanning ∼90 kiloparsecs (kpc; refs 1, 4). NGC 4449 is relatively isolated, although an interaction with its nearest known companion--the galaxy DDO 125, some 40 kpc to the south--has been proposed as being responsible for the complexity of its H I structure. Here we report the presence of a dwarf galaxy companion to NGC 4449, namely NGC 4449B. This companion has a V-band absolute magnitude of -13.4 and a half-light radius of 2.7 kpc, with a full extent of around 8 kpc. It is in a transient stage of tidal disruption, similar to that of the Sagittarius dwarf near the Milky Way. NGC 4449B exhibits a striking S-shaped morphology that has been predicted for disrupting galaxies but has hitherto been seen only in a dissolving globular cluster. We also detect an additional arc or disk ripple embedded in a two-component stellar halo, including a component extending twice as far as previously known, to about 20 kpc from the galaxy's centre. PMID:22318602

  19. MASSIVE BLACK HOLES IN GALAXIES NGC 3377, NGC 3379 AND NGC 4486B

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    2002-01-01

    The three galaxies above are believed to contain central, supermassive black holes. The galaxy NGC 4486B (lower-left) shows a double nucleus (lower-right). The images of NGC 3377 and NGC 4486B are 2.7 arcseconds on a side, and for NGC 3379 the size is 5.4 arcseconds; the lower-right is a blow-up of the central 0.5 arcseconds of NGC 4486B. Credit: Karl Gebhardt (University of Michigan) and Tod Lauer (NOAO)

  20. Hydrogen fluoride toward luminous nearby galaxies: NGC 253 and NGC 4945

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    Monje, R. R.; Lis, D. C.; Phillips, T. G.; Lord, S.; Falgarone, E.; Güsten, R.

    2014-04-10

    We present the detection of hydrogen fluoride (HF) in two luminous nearby galaxies, NGC 253 and NGC 4945 using the Heterodyne Instrument for the Far-Infrared on board the Herschel Space Observatory. The HF line toward NGC 253 has a P-Cygni profile, while an asymmetric absorption profile is seen toward NGC 4945. The P-Cygni profile in NGC 253 suggests an outflow of molecular gas with a mass of M(H{sub 2}){sub out} ∼ 1 × 10{sup 7} M {sub ☉} and an outflow rate as large as M-dot ∼6.4 M {sub ☉} yr{sup –1}. In the case of NGC 4945, the axisymmetric velocity components in the HF line profile are compatible with the interpretation of a fast-rotating nuclear ring surrounding the nucleus and the presence of inflowing gas. The gas falls into the nucleus with an inflow rate of ≤1.2 M {sub ☉} yr{sup –1}, inside an inner radius of ≤200 pc. The gas accretion rate to the central active galactic nucleus is much smaller, suggesting that the inflow may be triggering a nuclear starburst. From these results, the HF J = 1-0 line is seen to provide an important probe of the kinematics of absorbing material along the sight-line to nearby galaxies with bright dust continuum and a promising new tracer of molecular gas in high-redshift galaxies.

  1. Hydrogen Fluoride toward Luminous Nearby Galaxies: NGC 253 and NGC 4945

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    Monje, R. R.; Lord, S.; Falgarone, E.; Lis, D. C.; Neufeld, D. A.; Phillips, T. G.; Güsten, R.

    2014-04-01

    We present the detection of hydrogen fluoride (HF) in two luminous nearby galaxies, NGC 253 and NGC 4945 using the Heterodyne Instrument for the Far-Infrared on board the Herschel Space Observatory. The HF line toward NGC 253 has a P-Cygni profile, while an asymmetric absorption profile is seen toward NGC 4945. The P-Cygni profile in NGC 253 suggests an outflow of molecular gas with a mass of M(H2)out ~ 1 × 107 M ⊙ and an outflow rate as large as dot M ~6.4 M ⊙ yr-1. In the case of NGC 4945, the axisymmetric velocity components in the HF line profile are compatible with the interpretation of a fast-rotating nuclear ring surrounding the nucleus and the presence of inflowing gas. The gas falls into the nucleus with an inflow rate of <=1.2 M ⊙ yr-1, inside an inner radius of <=200 pc. The gas accretion rate to the central active galactic nucleus is much smaller, suggesting that the inflow may be triggering a nuclear starburst. From these results, the HF J = 1-0 line is seen to provide an important probe of the kinematics of absorbing material along the sight-line to nearby galaxies with bright dust continuum and a promising new tracer of molecular gas in high-redshift galaxies.

  2. Mapping the HI Neighborhood Around Starburst Dwarf Galaxies NGC 1569, NGC 4214 and NGC 4163

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    Johnson, Megan C.; LITTLE THINGS Team

    2013-01-01

    Dwarf galaxies are believed to be the building blocks of larger galaxies. However, there are some studies that indicate the dwarf galaxies observed in the nearby universe may have formed later, after the most massive galaxies coalesced. Dwarf galaxy formation and evolution is important for our understanding of cosmology. If dwarf galaxies mimic their more massive counterparts, then starburst dwarfs may be present day merger remnants and provide information on the building block hypothesis. The origins of starburst dwarf irregular galaxies of the Magellanic type (dIm) are not well known. The role of interactions and mergers as mechanisms to create these systems has been hypothesized, but not well studied. We present deep HI maps around three starburst dwarf galaxies NGC 1569, NGC 4214 and NGC 4163. The purpose of these maps is to determine if there are tenuous HI structures around these objects that would indicate a recent interaction or merger. We detect HI filamentary structures that may be connected with NGC 1569 thereby indicating a recent interaction with nearby dwarf irregular UGCA 92. However, our map of NGC 4163 and NGC 4214 does not show any tenuous HI at our 5σ sensitivity limit of 1 x 10^18 for a 25 km/s line width.

  3. Molecular Gas Kinematics and Line Diagnostics in Early-type Galaxies: NGC 4710 & NGC 5866

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    Topal, Selçuk; Bureau, Martin; Davis, Timothy A.; Krips, Melanie; Young, Lisa M.; Crocker, Alison F.

    2016-09-01

    We present interferometric observations of CO lines (12CO(1-0, 2-1) and 13CO(1-0, 2-1)) and dense gas tracers (HCN(1-0), HCO+(1-0), HNC(1-0) and HNCO(4-3)) in two nearby edge-on barred lenticular galaxies, NGC 4710 and NGC 5866, with most of the gas concentrated in a nuclear disc and an inner ring in each galaxy. We probe the physical conditions of a two-component molecular interstellar medium in each galaxy and each kinematic component by using molecular line ratio diagnostics in three complementary ways. First, we measure the ratios of the position-velocity diagrams of different lines, second we measure the ratios of each kinematic component's integrated line intensities as a function of projected position, and third we model these line ratios using a non-local thermodynamic equilibrium radiative transfer code. Overall, the nuclear discs appear to have a tenuous molecular gas component that is hotter, optically thinner and with a larger dense gas fraction than that in the inner rings, suggesting more dense clumps immersed in a hotter more diffuse molecular medium. This is consistent with evidence that the physical conditions in the nuclear discs are similar to those in photo-dissociation regions. A similar picture emerges when comparing the observed molecular line ratios with those of other galaxy types. The physical conditions of the molecular gas in the nuclear discs of NGC 4710 and NGC 5866 thus appear intermediate between those of spiral galaxies and starbursts, while the star formation in their inner rings is even milder.

  4. Near-infrared continuum and 3.3 micrometer(s) polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon imaging of the starburst ring in the type 1 Seyfert galaxy NGC 7469

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    Mazzarella, J. M.; Voit, G. M.; Soifer, B. T.; Matthews, K.; Graham, J. R.; Armus, L.; Shupe, D.

    1994-01-01

    High resolution near-infrared images of the type 1 Seyfert galaxy NGC 7469 have been obtained to probe its dusty nuclear environment. Direct J, H, and K images are relatively featureless, but residual images created by subtracting a smooth model based on best-fitting elliptical isophotes reveal a tight inner spiral whose high surface-brightness portions correspond to a previously detected 3 sec (1 kpc) diameter ring of radio continuum emission. The inner infrared spiral arms extended approximately equal to 4 sec NW and SE from the nucleus, and the NW arm joins up with large-scale spiral structure visible in the R band. The residual images also show a bar-like structure aligned with the brightest infrared/radio hotspots at PA approximately equal to 50 deg. Three infrared hotspots are detected which align remarkably well with 6 cm radio continuum sources. The near-infrared ring and the hotspots are visible in the residual images, and in a high-resolution direct K-band image restored to an effective resolution of 0.65 sec (FWHM) using the Richardson-Lucy algorithm. The infrared hotspots have luminosities of nuL(sub nu) (2.2 micrometer(s)) approximately equal to 10(exp 8) solar luminosity (M(sub k) approximately equal to -16 mag), suggesting they are either giant H II regions or individual supernovae. The two brightest regions may be associated with enhanced star formation triggered by orbit crowding of gas where spiral arms emerge from an inner bar. Narrowband (delta lambda/lambda approximately 1.5%) imaging in the 3.28 micrometer(s) dust emission feature and surrounding continuum confirms the 3 sec diameter 3.28 micrometer(s) emission region detected previously using multiaperture photometry. The extended polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) emission is slightly elongated and aligned with published 1O III1 line emission and 12.5 micrometer(s) continuum emission, apparently tracing the starburst. The presence of approximately equal to 25% of the total 3.28 micrometer

  5. ASCA observation of three bright early-type galaxies: NGC 4472, NGC 4406, and NGC 4636

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    Awaki, Hisamitsu; Mushotzky, Richard; Tsuru, Takeshi; Fabian, Andrew C.; Fukazawa, Yasushi; Loewenstein, Michael; Makishima, Kazuo; Matsumoto, Hironori; Matsushita, Kyoko; Mihara, Tatehiro

    1994-01-01

    We report Advanced Satellite for Cosmology and Astrophysics (ASCA) 0.3-10 keV and X-ray observations of three early type galaxies, NGC 4472, NGC 4406, and NGC 4636. The extended mission in these galaxies is well described by thin thermal eimssion from hot gas. The gas temperature is 0.92 +/- 0.02 keV for NGC 4472, 0.79 +/- 0.01 keV for NGC 4406, and 0.73 +/- 0.02 keV for NGC 4636. The metal abundance for NGC 4472, NGC 4406, and NGC 4636 are, under the assumption of solar ratios, 0.63 +/- 0.15, 0.45 +/- 0.10, and 0.38 +/- 0.07, respectively. Detailed analysis has allowed determination of the abundances of oxygen, silicon, sulfur, and iron. The observed abundances are consistent with the solar ratios. For NGC 4472 and NGC 4406 we also determined the mean temperature of the gas producing the Si lines from the ratio of the Si H to He-like lines and find it to be consistent with the continuum temperature. The X-ray temperature is in good agreement with the observed optical velocity dispersion, stellar density profile, and gas density profile. Our data indicates that the supernova rate should be less than one fifth of the nominal rate in early type galaxies. We derive the mass of these systems within fixed angular scales and find that M/L greater than 40, confirming that elliptical galaxies are dark matter dominated at large radii.

  6. Turbulence in the harassed galaxy NGC4254

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    Dutta, Prasun; Begum, Ayesha; Bharadwaj, Somnath; Chengalur, Jayaram N.

    2010-06-01

    Galaxy harassment is an important mechanism for the morphological evolution of galaxies in clusters. The spiral galaxy NGC4254 in the Virgo cluster is believed to be a harassed galaxy. We have analysed the power spectrum of HI emission fluctuations from NGC4254 to investigate whether it carries any imprint of galaxy harassment. The power spectrum, as determined using the 16 central channels which contain most of the HI emission, is found to be well fitted by a power law P(U) = AUα with α = -1.7 +/- 0.2 at length-scales 1.7 to 8.4kpc. This is similar to other normal spiral galaxies which have a slope of ~ -1.5 and is interpreted as arising from two-dimensional turbulence at length-scales larger than the galaxy's scaleheight. NGC4254 is hence yet another example of a spiral galaxy that exhibits scale-invariant density fluctuations out to length-scales comparable to the diameter of the HI disc. While a large variety of possible energy sources like protostellar winds, supernovae, shocks, etc. have been proposed to produce turbulence, it is still to be seen whether these are effective on length-scales comparable to that of the entire HI disc. On separately analysing the HI power spectrum in different parts of NGC4254, we find that the outer parts have a different slope (α = -2.0 +/- 0.3) compared to the central part of the galaxy (α = -1.5 +/- 0.2). Such a change in slope is not seen in other, undisturbed galaxies. We suggest that, in addition to changing the overall morphology, galaxy harassment also affects the fine scale structure of the interstellar medium, causing the power spectrum to have a steeper slope in the outer parts.

  7. Spectropolarimetry of the rings in NGC6543

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    Schwarz, H.; Bendersky, C.; Corradi, R.

    2005-12-01

    Planetary nebula NGC6543 has a complex structure with a central hot bubble showing both point- and plane symmetry, and a large outer halo that is likely interacting with the local ISM. Between these two structures the HST has revealed a series of a least nine regularly spaced concentric circular rings that are faint and have low contrast. The origin of these rings, which have also been found in other PNe, is not clear. We have taken long-slit spectropolarimetry of these rings using ISIS on the 4.2 meter William Hershel Telescope. Due to the faintness of the rings, only the \\[OIII\\] 500.7nm line had sufficient SN to be of use. We determined the polarization degree and angle in various positions in the core, rings, and outer halo of NGC6543. Only the rings showed significant polarization at 4-5% in a symmetric pattern centered on the central star of the PN, making dust scattering in the rings the likely polarigenic mechanism. Our observations did not have sufficient spectral resolution to distiguish between the two main classes of models that attempt to explain these rings.

  8. Magnetic Fields in Irregular Galaxies: NGC 4214

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    Kepley, Amanda A.; Wilcots, E. M.; Robishaw, T.; Heiles, C.; Zweibel, E.

    2006-12-01

    Magnetic fields are an important component of the interstellar medium of galaxies. They provide support, transfer energy from supernovae, provide a possible heating mechanism, and channel gas flows (Beck 2004). Despite the importance of magnetic fields in the ISM, it is not well known what generates and sustains galactic magnetic fields or how magnetic fields, gas, and stars interact in galaxies. The magnetic fields may be especially important in low-mass galaxies like irregulars where the magnetic pressure may be great enough for the field to be dynamically important. However, only four irregular galaxies besides the LMC and the SMC have observed magnetic field structures. The goal of our project is to significantly increase the number of irregular galaxies with observed magnetic field structure. Here we present preliminary results for one of the galaxies in our sample: NGC 4214. Using the VLA and the GBT, we have obtained 3cm, 6cm, and 20cm radio continuum polarization observations of this well-studied galaxy. Our observations allow us to investigate the effects of NGC 4214's high star formation rate, slow rotation rate, and weak bar on the structure of its magnetic field. We find that NGC 4214's magnetic field has an S-shaped structure, with the central field following the bar and the outer edges curving to follow the shape of the arms. The mechanism for generating these fields is still uncertain. A. Kepley is funded by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

  9. Noncircular outer disks in unbarred S0 galaxies: NGC 502 and NGC 5485

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    Sil'chenko, O. K.

    2016-03-01

    Highly noncircular outer stellar disks have been detected in two SA0 (unbarred) galaxies by comparing the spectroscopic data on the rotation of stars and the photometric data on the shape and orientation of isophotes. In NGC 502, the oval distortion of the disk is manifested in the shape of the inner and outer elliptical rings occupying wide radial zones between the bulge and the disk and at the outer disk edge; such a structure can be a consequence of the so-called "dry minor merger," multiple cannibalization of gas-free satellites. In NGC 5485, the stellar kinematics is absolutely unrelated to the orientation of isophotes in the disk region, and for this galaxy the conclusion about its global triaxial structure is unavoidable.

  10. Hyperactive galaxy NGC 7673 [heic0205

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    2002-03-01

    Hyperactive galaxy NGC 7673 hi-res Size hi-res: 116 kb Credits: European Space Agency & Nicole Homeier (European Southern Observatory and University of Wisconsin-Madison) Hyperactive galaxy NGC 7673 The disturbed spiral galaxy NGC 7673 is ablaze with the light from millions of new stars. Each of its infant giant blue star clusters shines 100 times as brightly in the ultraviolet as similar immense star clusters in our own Galaxy. Scientists studying this object have two pressing questions: "What has triggered this enormous burst of star formation and how will this galaxy evolve in the future?" Telltale patches of blue light are signs of the formation of millions of new stars in the tangled spiral galaxy NGC 7673. Each of the bluish areas in this image consists of immense star clusters containing thousands of young stars. These clusters lie on the spiral arms of NGC 7673 and so emphasise its somewhat ragged look. This image, taken from Earth orbit by the ESA/NASA Hubble Space Telescope in 1996 and 1997, also shows two other galaxies seen in the background of the image, to the left and right of NGC 7673. These galaxies are further away and so appear redder, due to their higher redshift, an effect caused by the expansion of the Universe. The youngest blue stars in NGC 7673 are blazing with intense ultraviolet radiation. Each star cluster radiates 100 times more ultraviolet light than the famous Tarantula Nebula (30 Doradus), the largest star-forming region known in the local group of galaxies. Telltale patches of blue light are signs of the formation of millions of new stars in the tangled spiral galaxy NGC 7673. Each of the bluish areas in this image consists of immense star clusters containing thousands of young stars. These clusters lie on the spiral arms of NGC 7673 and so emphasise its somewhat ragged look. This image, taken from Earth orbit by the ESA/NASA Hubble Space Telescope in 1996 and 1997, also shows two other galaxies seen in the background of the image

  11. Warped Disks and Inclined Rings around Galaxies

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    Casertano, Stefano; Sackett, Penny D.; Briggs, Franklin H.

    2006-11-01

    Preface; Acknowledgements; Workshop participants; Group photograph; 1. The intergalactic HI supply F. Briggs; 2. Neutral gas infall into NGC 628 J. Kamphuis and F. Briggs; 3. VLA HI observations of the radio galaxy Centaurus A J. M. van der Hulst, J. H. van Gorkom, A. D. Haschick and A. D. Tubbs; 4. A geometric model for the dust-band of Centaurus A R. A. Nicholson, K. Taylor and J. Bland; 5. The circumgalactic ring of gas in Leo S. E. Schneider; 6. Using gas kinematics to measure M/L in elliptical galaxies T. de Zeeuw; 7. Velocity fields of disks in triaxial potentials P. J. Teuben; 8. Modeling the atomic gas in NGC 4278 J. F. Lees; 9. A few statistics from the catalog of polar-ring galaxies B. C. Whitmore; 10. Dynamics of polar rings L. S. Sparke; 11. Mergers and the structure of disk galaxies L. Hernquist; 12. Formation of polar rings H.-W. Rix and N. Katz; 13. Gas-dynamical models of settling disks D. Christodoulou and J. E. Tohline; 14. Evolutionary processes affecting galactic accretion disks T. Steiman-Cameron; 15. Particle simulations of polar rings T. Quinn; 16. A bending instability in prolate stellar systems D. Merritt; 17. The Milky Way: lopsided or barred? K. Kuijken; 18. Merger origin of starburst galaxies L. Hernquist; 19. Warped and flaring HI disks A. Bosma; 20. Behaviour of warps in extended disks F. Briggs and J. Kamphuis; 21. Observational constraints for the explanation of warps E. Battaner, E. Florido, M.-L. Sanchez-Saavedra and M. Prieto; 22. Warps in S0s: observations versus theories G. Galletta; 23. Warps and bulges J. Pitesky; 24. Time evolution of galactic warps P. Hofner and L. S. Sparke; 25. Are warps normal modes? S. Casertano; 26. Disk warping in a slewing potential E. C. Ostriker; 27. Concluding discussion Moderator: K. C. Freeman; Name index; Object index; Subject index.

  12. Warped Disks and Inclined Rings around Galaxies

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    Casertano, Stefano; Sackett, Penny D.; Briggs, Franklin H.

    1991-05-01

    Preface; Acknowledgements; Workshop participants; Group photograph; 1. The intergalactic HI supply F. Briggs; 2. Neutral gas infall into NGC 628 J. Kamphuis and F. Briggs; 3. VLA HI observations of the radio galaxy Centaurus A J. M. van der Hulst, J. H. van Gorkom, A. D. Haschick and A. D. Tubbs; 4. A geometric model for the dust-band of Centaurus A R. A. Nicholson, K. Taylor and J. Bland; 5. The circumgalactic ring of gas in Leo S. E. Schneider; 6. Using gas kinematics to measure M/L in elliptical galaxies T. de Zeeuw; 7. Velocity fields of disks in triaxial potentials P. J. Teuben; 8. Modeling the atomic gas in NGC 4278 J. F. Lees; 9. A few statistics from the catalog of polar-ring galaxies B. C. Whitmore; 10. Dynamics of polar rings L. S. Sparke; 11. Mergers and the structure of disk galaxies L. Hernquist; 12. Formation of polar rings H.-W. Rix and N. Katz; 13. Gas-dynamical models of settling disks D. Christodoulou and J. E. Tohline; 14. Evolutionary processes affecting galactic accretion disks T. Steiman-Cameron; 15. Particle simulations of polar rings T. Quinn; 16. A bending instability in prolate stellar systems D. Merritt; 17. The Milky Way: lopsided or barred? K. Kuijken; 18. Merger origin of starburst galaxies L. Hernquist; 19. Warped and flaring HI disks A. Bosma; 20. Behaviour of warps in extended disks F. Briggs and J. Kamphuis; 21. Observational constraints for the explanation of warps E. Battaner, E. Florido, M.-L. Sanchez-Saavedra and M. Prieto; 22. Warps in S0s: observations versus theories G. Galletta; 23. Warps and bulges J. Pitesky; 24. Time evolution of galactic warps P. Hofner and L. S. Sparke; 25. Are warps normal modes? S. Casertano; 26. Disk warping in a slewing potential E. C. Ostriker; 27. Concluding discussion Moderator: K. C. Freeman; Name index; Object index; Subject index.

  13. HYDRODYNAMICAL SIMULATIONS OF THE BARRED SPIRAL GALAXY NGC 1097

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    Lin, Lien-Hsuan; Wang, Hsiang-Hsu; Hsieh, Pei-Ying; Taam, Ronald E.; Yang, Chao-Chin; Yen, David C. C.

    2013-07-01

    NGC 1097 is a nearby barred spiral galaxy believed to be interacting with the elliptical galaxy NGC 1097A located to its northwest. It hosts a Seyfert 1 nucleus surrounded by a circumnuclear starburst ring. Two straight dust lanes connected to the ring extend almost continuously out to the bar. The other ends of the dust lanes attach to two main spiral arms. To provide a physical understanding of its structural and kinematical properties, two-dimensional hydrodynamical simulations have been carried out. Numerical calculations reveal that many features of the gas morphology and kinematics can be reproduced provided that the gas flow is governed by a gravitational potential associated with a slowly rotating strong bar. By including the self-gravity of the gas disk in our calculation, we have found the starburst ring to be gravitationally unstable, which is consistent with the observation in Hsieh et al. Our simulations show that the gas inflow rate is 0.17 M{sub Sun} yr{sup -1} into the region within the starburst ring even after its formation, leading to the coexistence of both a nuclear ring and a circumnuclear disk.

  14. NGC 5291: Implications for the Formation of Dwarf Galaxies

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    Malphrus, Benjamin K.; Simpson, Caroline E.; Gottesman, S. T.; Hawarden, Timothy G.

    1997-01-01

    The possible formation and evolution of dwarf irregular galaxies from material derived from perturbed evolved galaxies is addressed via an H I study of a likely example, the peculiar system NGC 5291. This system, located in the western outskirts of the cluster Abell 3574, contains the lenticular galaxy NGC 5291 which is in close proximity to a disturbed companion and is flanked by an extensive complex of numerous knots extending roughly 4 min north and 4 min south of the galaxy. In an initial optical and radio study, Longmore et al. (1979, MNRAS, 188, 285) showed that these knots have the spectra of vigorous star-forming regions, and suggested that some may in fact be young dwarf irregular galaxies. High resolution 21-cm line observations taken with the VLA are presented here and reveal that the H I distribution associated with this system encompasses not only the entire N-S complex of optical knots, but also forms an incomplete ring or tail that extends approximately 3 min to the west. The H I associated with NGC 5291 itself shows a high velocity range; the Seashell is not detected. The formation mechanism for this unusual system is unclear and two models - a large, low-luminosity ram-swept disk, and a ram-swept interaction-are discussed. The H I in the system contains numerous concentrations, mostly along the N-S arc of the star-forming complexes, which generally coincide with one or more optical knots; the larger H I features contain several x 10(exp 9) solar mass of gas. Each of the knots is compared to a set of criteria designed to determine if these objects are bound against their own internal kinetic energy and are tidally stable relative to the host galaxy. An analysis of the properties of the H I concentrations surrounding the optical star-forming complexes indicates that at least the largest of these is a bound system; it also possesses a stellar component. It is suggested that this object is a genuinely young dwarf irregular galaxy that has evolved from

  15. Stellar subsystems of the galaxy NGC 1313

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    Tikhonov, N. A.; Galazutdinova, O. A.

    2016-07-01

    Based on archival Hubble Space Telescope (HST) ACS/WFC images, we have performed stellar photometry for eight fields of the spiral galaxy NGC 1313 and its satellite, the low-mass Sph/Irr galaxy AM0319-662. Stars of various ages have been identified on the constructed Hertzsprung-Russell diagrams: young supergiants, middle-aged stars, and old stars (red giants); their apparent distributions over the body of the galaxy are presented. The red supergiants and giants have been divided into groups with larger and smaller color indices, corresponding to a difference in stellar metallicity. These groups of stars are shown to have different spatial distributions and to belong to two galaxies, NGC1313 itself and the disrupted satellite. We have determined the distance to NGC 1313, D = 3.88 ± 0.07 Mpc, by the TRGB method from six fields. Our photometry of 2014 HST images has revealed an emerged charge transfer inefficiency on the ACS/WFC CCDs, which manifests itself as a dependence of the photometry of stars on their coordinates on the CCD.

  16. New Portraits of Spiral Galaxies NGC 613, NGC 1792 and NGC 3627

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    2003-12-01

    Not so long ago, the real nature of the "spiral nebulae", spiral-shaped objects observed in the sky through telescopes, was still unknown. This long-standing issue was finally settled in 1924 when the famous American astronomer Edwin Hubble provided conclusive evidence that they are located outside our own galaxy and are in fact "island universes" of their own. Nowadays, we know that the Milky Way is just one of billions of galaxies in the Universe. They come in vastly different shapes - spiral, elliptical, irregular - and many of them are simply beautiful, especially the spiral ones. Astronomers Mark Neeser from the Universitäts-Sternwarte München (Germany) and Peter Barthel from the Kapteyn Institute in Groningen (The Netherlands) were clearly not insensitive to this when they obtained images of three beautiful spiral galaxies with ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT). They did this in twilight during the early morning when they had to stop their normal observing programme, searching for very distant and faint quasars. The resulting colour images ( ESO PR Photos 33a-c/03 ) were produced by combining several CCD images in three different wavebands from the FORS multi-mode instruments. The three galaxies are known as NGC 613, NGC 1792 and NGC 3627 . They are characterized by strong far-infrared, as well as radio emission, indicative of substantial ongoing star-formation activity. Indeed, these images all display prominent dust as well as features related to young stars, clear signs of intensive star-formation. NGC 613 ESO PR Photo 33a/03 ESO PR Photo 33a/03 [Preview - JPEG: 470 x 400 pix - 25k] [Normal - JPEG: 939 x 800 pix - 416k] [Full Res - JPEG: 2702 x 2301 pix - 3.4M] PR Photo 33a/03 of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 613 was obtained with the FORS1 and FORS2 multi-mode instruments (at VLT MELIPAL and YEPUN, respectively) on December 16-18, 2001. It is a composite of three exposures in different wavebands, cf. the technical note below. The full-resolution version

  17. A ring galaxy in Canes Venatici and related ring galaxies

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    Wakamatsu, Ken-ichi; Nishida, M.T. Kobe Women's University )

    1991-04-01

    A spectroscopic observation was made of a ring-shaped object in Canes Venatici. A bright knot at the edge of the ring has a recession velocity of 10,960 + or - 30 km/s and so is confirmed as an extragalactic object. It shows no sign of nuclear activity but appears to be an H II region of intermediate excitation class. The linear diameter of the ring is 14.2 + or - 0.8 kpc, a typical size for ring galaxies. Recession velocities of several other ring galaxies are also given. 24 refs.

  18. GLOBULAR CLUSTER SYSTEMS OF SPIRAL AND S0 GALAXIES: RESULTS FROM WIYN IMAGING OF NGC 1023, NGC 1055, NGC 7332, AND NGC 7339

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    Young, Michael D.; Dowell, Jessica L.; Rhode, Katherine L. E-mail: jlwind@astro.indiana.edu

    2012-10-01

    We present results from a study of the globular cluster (GC) systems of four spiral and S0 galaxies imaged as part of an ongoing wide-field survey of the GC systems of giant galaxies. The target galaxies-the SB0 galaxy NGC 1023, the SBb galaxy NGC 1055, and an isolated pair comprised of the Sbc galaxy NGC 7339 and the S0 galaxy NGC 7332-were observed in BVR filters with the WIYN 3.5 m telescope and Minimosaic camera. For two of the galaxies, we combined the WIYN imaging with previously published data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Keck Observatory to help characterize the GC distribution in the central few kiloparsecs. We determine the radial distribution (surface density of GCs versus projected radius) of each galaxy's GC system and use it to calculate the total number of GCs (N{sub GC}). We find N{sub GC} = 490 {+-} 30, 210 {+-} 40, 175 {+-} 15, and 75 {+-} 10 for NGC 1023, NGC 1055, NGC 7332, and NGC 7339, respectively. We also calculate the GC specific frequency (N{sub GC} normalized by host galaxy luminosity or mass) and find values typical of those of the other spiral and E/S0 galaxies in the survey. The two lenticular galaxies have sufficient numbers of GC candidates for us to perform statistical tests for bimodality in the GC color distributions. We find evidence at a high confidence level (>95%) for two populations in the B - R distribution of the GC system of NGC 1023. We find weaker evidence for bimodality (>81% confidence) in the GC color distribution of NGC 7332. Finally, we identify eight GC candidates that may be associated with the Magellanic dwarf galaxy NGC 1023A, which is a satellite of NGC 1023.

  19. Photometric study of the peculiar galaxy NGC 2685

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    Gagen-Torn, V.A.; Popov, I.I.; Iakovleva, V.A.

    1984-04-01

    The results are given of detailed UBV photometry of the peculiar galaxy NGC 2685 based on 10 negatives obtained with the 2.6-m telescope of the Biurakan Observatory. Consideration of all the available observational data (photometric, spectroscopic, and polarization) suggests that NGC 2685 is a pair of colliding galaxies. 18 references.

  20. Corrugated velocity pattern in spiral galaxies: NGC 278, NGC 1058, NGC 2500 and UGC 3574

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    Sánchez Gil, M. C.; Alfaro, E. J.; Pérez, E.

    2011-11-01

    We report the detection in Hα emission of a radial corrugation pattern in the vertical velocity field of a sample of nearby face-on, spiral galaxies. We obtain long-slit spectra with the double arm ISIS spectrograph, attached to the 4.2 m William Herschel Telescope. The existence of corrugations has been already reported, e.g. Alfaro et al. (2001), Matthews & Uson (2008). Corrugations are closely link, as cause/effect, to the large scale star formation processes: density waves, tidal interactions, galactic bores, collisions of high velocity clouds with disk, etc. Which mechanism is the origin of disk corrugations is still an open problem. In this work not only the existence of radial and azimuthal corrugations are clearly observed, we report a first systematic study on the velocity corrugations in a sample of nearly face-on spiral galaxies. NGC 278 and NGC 1058 show a similar behavior to NGC 5427 (Alfaro et al. 2001), with a clear displacement between the velocities and emission line peaks. Where the approaching velocity peaks occur in the convex border of the arms, and the receding maxima are located behind the Hα emission maxima, in the concave side. This kinematical behavior is similar to the one expected in a galactic bore generated by the interaction of a spiral density wave with a thick gaseous disk. NGC 2500 and UGC 3574 do not show so clear this last relation between the velocity and emission line peaks, a possible cause should a fainter and discontinuous Hα emission. Oddly, these two pairs of galaxies also differ between them in their ionization mechanism features obtained from diagnostic diagrams.

  1. A GMRT study of Seyfert galaxies NGC 4235 and NGC 4594: evidence of episodic activity?

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    Kharb, P.; Srivastava, S.; Singh, V.; Gallimore, J. F.; Ishwara-Chandra, C. H.; Ananda, Hota

    2016-06-01

    Low-frequency observations at 325 and 610 MHz have been carried out for two `radio-loud' Seyfert galaxies, NGC 4235 and NGC 4594 (Sombrero galaxy), using the Giant Meterwave Radio Telescope (GMRT). The 610 MHz total intensity and 325-610 MHz spectral index images of NGC 4235 tentatively suggest the presence of a `relic' radio lobe, most likely from a previous episode of active galactic nucleus (AGN) activity. This makes NGC 4235 only the second known Seyfert galaxy after Mrk 6 to show signatures of episodic activity. Spitzer and Herschel infrared spectral energy distribution (SED) modelling using the CLUMPYDREAM code predicts star formation rates (SFRs) that are an order of magnitude lower than those required to power the radio lobes in these Seyferts (˜0.13-0.23 M⊙ yr-1 compared to the required SFR of ˜2.0-2.7 M⊙ yr-1 in NGC 4594 and NGC 4235, respectively). This finding along with the detection of parsec and sub-kpc radio jets in both Seyfert galaxies, that are roughly along the same position angles as the radio lobes, strongly support the suggestion that Seyfert lobes are AGN powered. SED modelling supports the `true' type 2 classification of NGC 4594: this galaxy lacks significant dust obscuration as well as a prominent broad-line region. Between the two Seyfert galaxies, there is an inverse relation between their radio-loudness and Eddington ratio and a direct relation between their Eddington-scaled jet power and bolometric power.

  2. On the formation of ring galaxies

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    Wu, Yu-Ting; Jiang, Ing-Guey

    2011-08-01

    The formation scenario of ring galaxies is addressed in this paper. We focus on the P-type ring galaxies presented in Madore, Nelson & Petrillo (2009), particularly on the axis-symmetric ones. Our simulations show that a ring can form through the collision of disc and dwarf galaxies, and the locations, widths, and density contrasts of the ring are well determined. We find that a ring galaxy such as AM 2302-322 can be produced by this collision scenario.

  3. NGC 4314 - a Galaxy Dynamicist's Playground

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    Benedict, G. F.; Howell, D. A.; Jorgensen, I.; Smith, B. J.; Kenney, J. D. P.

    2000-05-01

    Every morphological feature of NGC 4314 (see http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/pr/1998/21/ ) is a consequence of stellar or gas dynamics. Past studies have presented photometric evidence for a number of Lindblad Resonances (Benedict et al. 1992. AJ, 103, 757) and have established the dynamics of molecular gas associated with a 20 arcsec diameter nuclear ring (Benedict, Smith, & Kenney 1996, AJ, 112, 1318). Present day star formation is found nowhere but in this ring. UBVIH-alpha photometry with Hubble Space Telescope WFPC-2 has provided a means to estimate the ages of star clusters associated with the nuclear ring and for two fainter blue arcs just exterior to the ring. Our chronology suggests that the present epoch of star formation has lasted 20My and that the arcs derive from a similar episode that occurred 150My ago. We still lack a satisfactory explanation for the shape and placement of the blue arcs. Future studies (dynamical modeling and integral field spectroscopy of H-alpha emission) may allow us to distinguish between a shrinking ring and spiral pattern driven by a nuclear bar. Benedict thanks the HST Astrometry Science Team (W. H. Jefferys, P.I., O. G. Franz, W. van Altena, R. Duncombe, P. J. Shelus, L. W. Fredrick, and P. D. Hemenway) for their support and encouragement. This research was supported by NASA Grant NAG5-1603 from Goddard Spaceflight Center.

  4. Heating and cooling of the neutral ISM in the NGC 4736 circumnuclear ring

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    van der Laan, T. P. R.; Armus, L.; Beirao, P.; Sandstrom, K.; Groves, B.; Schinnerer, E.; Draine, B. T.; Smith, J. D.; Galametz, M.; Wolfire, M.; Croxall, K.; Dale, D.; Herrera Camus, R.; Calzetti, D.; Kennicutt, R. C.

    2015-03-01

    The manner in which gas accretes and orbits within circumnuclear rings has direct implications for the star formation process. In particular, gas may be compressed and shocked at the inflow points, resulting in bursts of star formation at these locations. Afterwards the gas and young stars move together through the ring. In addition, star formation may occur throughout the ring, if and when the gas reaches sufficient density to collapse under gravity. These two scenarios for star formation in rings are often referred to as the "pearls-on-a-string" and "popcorn" paradigms. In this paper, we use new Herschel/PACS observations, obtained as part of the KINGFISH open time key program, along with archival Spitzer and ground-based observations from the SINGS Legacy project, to investigate the heating and cooling of the interstellar medium in the nearby star-forming ring galaxy, NGC 4736. By comparing spatially resolved estimates of the stellar far-ultraviolet flux available for heating, with the gas and dust cooling derived from the far-infrared continuum and line emission, we show that while star formation is indeed dominant at the inflow points in NGC 4736, additional star formation is needed to balance the gas heating and cooling throughout the ring. This additional component most likely arises from the general increase in gas density in the ring over its lifetime. Our data provide strong evidence, therefore, for a combination of the two paradigms for star formation in the ring in NGC 4736.

  5. Corrugated velocity patterns in the spiral galaxies: NGC 278, NGC 1058, NGC 2500 & UGC 3574

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    Sánchez-Gil, M. Carmen; Alfaro, Emilio J.; Pérez, Enrique

    2015-12-01

    We address the study of the H α vertical velocity field in a sample of four nearly face-on galaxies using long-slit spectroscopy taken with the Intermediate dispersion Spectrograph and Imaging System (ISIS), attached to the William Herschel Telescope (WHT) at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (Spain). The spatial structure of the velocity vertical component shows a radial corrugated pattern with spatial scales higher or within the order of 1 kpc. The gas is mainly ionized by high-energy photons: only in some locations of NGC 278 and NGC 1058 is there some evidence of ionization by low-velocity shocks, which, in the case of NGC 278, could be due to minor mergers. The behaviour of the gas in the neighbourhood of the spiral arms fits, in the majority of the observed cases, with that predicted by the so-called hydraulic bore mechanism, where a thick magnetized disc encounters a spiral density perturbation. The results obtained show that it is difficult to explain the H α large-scale velocity field without the presence of a magnetized, thick galactic disc. Larger samples and spatial covering of the galaxy discs are needed to provide further insight into this problem.

  6. FISICA observations of the starburst galaxy, NGC 1569

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    Clark, D. M.; Eikenberry, S. S.; Raines, S. N.; Gruel, N.; Elston, R.; Guzman, R.; Julian, J.; Boreman, G.; Glenn, P. E.; Hull-Allen, C. G.; Hoffman, J.; Rodgers, M.; Thompson, K.; Flint, S.; Comstock, L.; Myrick, B.

    2006-06-01

    Using the Florida Image Slicer for Infrared Cosmology and Astrophysics (FISICA) we obtained observations of the dwarf starburst galaxy NGC 1569. We present our JH band spectra, particularly noting the existence of extended emission in Paschen β and He I.

  7. A Stellar Tidal Stream Around the Whale Galaxy, NGC 4631

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    Martínez-Delgado, David; D'Onghia, Elena; Chonis, Taylor S.; Beaton, Rachael L.; Teuwen, Karel; GaBany, R. Jay; Grebel, Eva K.; Morales, Gustavo

    2015-10-01

    We report the discovery of a giant stellar tidal stream in the halo of NGC 4631, a nearby edge-on spiral galaxy interacting with the spiral NGC 4656, in deep images taken with a 40 cm aperture robotic telescope. The stream has two components: a bridge-like feature extending between NGC 4631 and NGC 4656 (streamSE) and an overdensity with extended features on the opposite side of the NGC 4631 disk (streamNW). Together, these features extend more than 85 kpc in projection. The orientation of streamSE relative to the orientations of NGC 4631 and NGC 4656 is not consistent with an origin from an interaction between these two spirals, and is more likely debris from a satellite encounter. The stellar tidal features can be qualitatively reproduced in an N-body model of the tidal disruption of a single, massive dwarf satellite on a moderately eccentric orbit (e = 0.6) around NGC 4631 over ˜3.5 Gyr. Both modeling and inferences from the morphology of the streams indicate these are not associated with the complex HI tidal features observed between both spirals, which likely originate from a more recent, gas-rich accretion event. The structure of streamNW suggests that it may contain the progenitor of the stream, in agreement with the N-body model. However, we cannot exclude other possibilities such as the satellite dwarf galaxy NGC 4627 being the progenitor based on these data. In addition, streamNW is roughly aligned with two very faint dwarf spheroidal candidates. The system of dwarf galaxies and the tidal stream around NGC 4631 can provide an additional interesting case for exploring the anisotropy distribution of satellite galaxies recently reported around Local Group spiral galaxies by means of future follow-up observations.

  8. The Reddening law outside the local group galaxies: The case of NGC 7552 and NGC 5236

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    Kinney, Anne L.; Calzetti, Daniela; Bica, Eduardo; Storchi-Bergmann, Thaisa

    1994-01-01

    The dust reddening law from the UV to the near-IR for the extended regions of galaxies is here derived from the spectral distributions of the starburst spiral galaxies NGC 7552 and NGC 5236. The centers of these galaxies have similar absorption and emission line spectra, differing only if the strength of their interstellar lines and in the continuum distribution, with NGC 7552 appearing more reddened than NGC 5236. The disk of NGC 7552 is more inclined, and there is evidence that its center is observed through additional foreground dust and gas clouds, as compared to the center of NGC 5236. While the galaxies can be expected to have similar dust content, they are known to have different dust path lengths to our line of sight. Therefore, differences in the shape of the spectra can be attributed mainly to the effects of dust, allowing us to probe for the first time the properties of the reddening law outside the local group of galaxies. We derive the reddening law based on the optical depth of the emission line of H Alpha and H Beta and also based on the continuum distribtuion. We find that the optical depth from the emission line regions are about twice the optical depth of the continuum regions. Thus, dereddening a starburst galaxy by scaling the Milky Way reddening laws to optical depths obtained from the H Alpha/H Beta line ratio overcompensates for the effect of dust.

  9. The evolutionary history of the interacting Galaxy system NGC 7714/7715 (Arp 284)

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    Smith, Beverly J.; Wallin, John F.

    1992-01-01

    The distribution and kinematics of atomic hydrogen in an interacting galaxy pair are studied to develop a model of its formation and assess its implications. H I gas peaks, bridges, and tails for NGC 7714/7715 (Arp 284) are identified with the VLA observations, and the velocity field appears to indicate that of an inclined rotating disk. A parabolic off-center collision is modeled for two disk galaxies with different masses, and formation scenario leads to results consistent with the observations. The point of closest approach occurred 1.1 x 10 exp 8 years ago, and the inclination angle for NGC 7714 is given at around 30 deg. This ring galaxy's lack of star formation is attributed to the large impact parameter associated with the parabolic off-center collision considered for Arp 284. Star formation and the initial mass function of the interacting galaxy pair are studied to assess the age and composition of the objects.

  10. Spokes in ring galaxies

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    Hernquist, Lars; Weil, Melinda L.

    1993-01-01

    We examine the response of self-gravitating primary galaxies consisting of dark matter halos and disks containing both stars and gas to collisions with less massive companions. The primaries were constructed using a technique which makes it possible to realize multi-component systems that are stable and virtually in precise equilibrium. A total of 65,536 particles were employed to represent the primary and 4096 to represent the companion. Half the particles in the primary comprise its halo and the other half its disk. Gas makes up 10 percent of the disk mass and is represented by 8192 of the disk particles. A system of units is used where the gravitational constant, total disk mass, and disk exponential scale length are unity. The primary motivation of the present study is to determine whether effects associated with dissipation and self-gravity can account for the unusual morphology of the Cartwheel galaxy.

  11. Velocity mapping and models of the elliptical galaxies NGC 720, NGC 1052, and NGC 4697

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    Binney, J.J.; Davies, R.L.; Illingworth, G.D. Oxford Univ. National Optical Astronomy Observatories, Tucson, AZ California Univ., Santa Cruz )

    1990-09-01

    CCD surface photometry and extensive long-slit spectroscopy are used to construct detailed models of the flattened ellipticals NGC 720, 1052, and 4697. The models are combined with the Jeans equations to yield predicted fields of line-of-sight velocity dispersion and streaming velocity. By comparing these fields with observed velocities, it is concluded that none of these systems can have isotropic velocity dispersion tensors, and diminishing the assumed inclination of any given galaxy tends to decrease the line-of-sight velocity dispersion and, counterintuitively, to increase the line-of-sight rotation speeds. The ratio of the line-of-sight velocity dispersion along the minor axis to that along the major axis is found to be a sensitive diagnostic of the importance of a third integral for the galaxy's structure. 48 refs.

  12. Velocity mapping and models of the elliptical galaxies NGC 720, NGC 1052, and NGC 4697

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    Binney, J. J.; Davies, Roger L.; Illingworth, Garth D.

    1990-01-01

    CCD surface photometry and extensive long-slit spectroscopy are used to construct detailed models of the flattened ellipticals NGC 720, 1052, and 4697. The models are combined with the Jeans equations to yield predicted fields of line-of-sight velocity dispersion and streaming velocity. By comparing these fields with observed velocities, it is concluded that none of these systems can have isotropic velocity dispersion tensors, and diminishing the assumed inclination of any given galaxy tends to decrease the line-of-sight velocity dispersion and, counterintuitively, to increase the line-of-sight rotation speeds. The ratio of the line-of-sight velocity dispersion along the minor axis to that along the major axis is found to be a sensitive diagnostic of the importance of a third integral for the galaxy's structure.

  13. Spitzer Observations of Two Early-Type Spiral Galaxies with Dust Rings

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    Bendo, G. J.; Armus, L.; Calzetti, D.; Dale, D. A.; Draine, B. T.; Engelbracht, C. W.; Gordon, K. D.; Grauer, A.; Helou, G.; Hollenbach, D. J.; Jarrett, T. H.; Joseph, R. D.; Kennicutt, R. C.; Kewley, L. J.; Leitherer, C.; Li, A.; Malhotra, S.; Meyer, M.; Murphy, E. J.; Regan, M. W.; Rieke, G. H.; Rieke, M. J.; Roussel, H.; Sheth, K.; Smith, J. D. T.; Thornley, M. D.; Walter, F.

    2004-12-01

    We present Spitzer images of the SB0/a galaxy NGC 1291 and the SAa galaxy NGC 4594. Both galaxies contain dust rings that can be used for studying the relation between dust emission and star formation activity. At 24 microns, the nuclei of both galaxies are the brightest sources in the galaxies, and dust emission from the rings is relatively weak. At 160 microns, however, the dust rings are more prominent sources; in NGC 4594, the dust ring is the source of virtually all of the 160 micron emission. We discuss whether the 160 micron emission from the rings is related to star formation activity or to heating by older stellar populations, and we examine the relation between dust and PAH emission. For NGC 4594, we also present submillimeter data that show that the nucleus dominates the 850 micron emission. These results demonstate that the 850 micron emission cannot come from the same dust that dominates the 160 micron emission. We examine the possible mechanisms that could be generating the 850 micron emission as well as the implications for dust models and galaxy spectral energy distribution templates.

  14. The Multi-Talented Elliptical Galaxy NGC1052

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    Irwin, Jimmy

    2004-09-01

    We propose to observe the nearby elliptical galaxy NGC1052 for 60 ksec with Chandra to address a variety of issues. First, we will study the interaction between the hot X-ray gas and radio jets/lobes present in this galaxy. A previous short (2 ksec) Chandra observation indicated extended soft emission at the location of the radio emission. Second, NGC1052 is the prototypical LINER galaxy, and this Chandra observation will constrain competing spectral models for the origin of LINER X-ray emission. Finally, we will constrain the X-ray binary--globular cluster connection in elliptical galaxies. NGC1052 contains a large number of globular clusters per unit light, and will be quite useful for determining if all X-ray binaries are formed within globular clusters.

  15. High Resolution Radio Imaging of the Merging Galaxies NGC3256 and NGC4194

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    Neff, S. G.; Campion, S. D.; Ulvestad, J. S.; Fisher, Richard R. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    We present new 6cm and 4cm radio continuum images of the central regions of the merging galaxy systems NGC3256 and NGC4194. NGC3256 is imaged with a resolution of approx. 1 in. or approx. 190pc; NGC4194 is imaged with a resolution of approx. 0.3 in. or approx. 50pc. In both systems, we detect numerous compact radio sources embedded in more diffuse radio emission. We detect 65 compact sources in NGC3256 at 6cm and we detect 46 compact sources in NGC4194, both to a limiting luminosity of approx. 5 x 10(exp 18) W/ Hz or approx. 5 times the luminosity of Cas A. Most of the compact radio sources are loosely associated with active star forming regions but not with specific optical emission sources. Several compact radio sources in NGC3256 are near positions of compact X-ray sources detected by Lira et al.. In both NGC3256 and NGC4194, we are able to measure reliable spectral indices for the stronger sources. We find in NGC3256 approx. 20% have nominally flat radio spectral indices (indicating they are dominated by thermal radio emission from HII regions) while approx. 80% have nominally steep spectral indices (indicating they are dominated by nonthermal emission from supernova remnants). In NGC4194, half the compact radio sources have flat spectral indices and half have steep indices. For the flat-spectrum sources, we estimate the number of young massive stars and the associated ionized gas masses. For the steep-spectrum sources, we estimate supernova rates. We compare these results with those from other well-studied merging galaxy systems. We gratefully acknowledge use of the NRAO Very Large Array (VLA) and the VLA Archive. NRAO is a facility of the National Science Foundation, operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.

  16. Ionized gas and planetary nebulae in the bulge of the blue S0 galaxy NGC 5102

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    Mcmillan, Russet; Ciardullo, Robin; Jacoby, George H.

    1994-01-01

    We present the results of an investigation into the morphology and dynamics of ionized gas in the bulge of the gas-rich S0 galaxy NGC 5102. We show that the bulge of NGC 5102 contains a ring of ionized gas, approximately 1.3 kpc in diameter, which is centered well away from the nucleus. Through spectroscopy and (O III) lambda-5007 imaging, we show that the gas is excited by a low-velocity shock, which varies from approximately 50 to approximately 70 km/s along the ring. Fabry-Perot images in H-alpha confirm that the gas is moving slowly, and suggest that the structure is a supershell, approximately 10(exp 7) yr old. This age is significantly younger than the galaxy's nuclear starburst, which is approximately 2 x 10(exp 8) yr old. We also use our (O III) lambda-5007 images to identify planetary nebulae (PNs) in the bulge and inner disk of NGC 5102. Using the planetary nebula luminosity function, we derive a distance modulus to the galaxy of (m - M)(sub 0) = 27.47(sup +0.18)(sub -0.27), or 3.1(sup +0.3)(sub -0.4) Mpc, confirming its membership in the NGC 5128 group. Our derived value of 47.2(sup +12.2)(sub -9.2) x 10(exp -9) for the bolometric luminosity-specific PN density, alpha(sub 2.5), is higher than that observed for the bulge of M31 or the giant ellipticals of the Virgo Cluster, but not significantly different from that found for the small, normal ellipticals NGC 3377 or M32. The high value for alpha(sub 2.5) suggests that virtually all of NGC 5102's stars will someday evolve through the planetary nebula stage.

  17. Ionized gas and planetary nebulae in the bulge of the blue S0 galaxy NGC 5102

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    McMillan, R.; Ciardullo, R.; Jacoby, G. H.

    1994-11-01

    We present the results of an investigation into the morphology and dynamics of ionized gas in the bulge of the gas-rich S0 galaxy NGC 5102. We show that the bulge of NGC 5102 contains a ring of ionized gas, approximately 1.3 kpc in diameter, which is centered well away from the nucleus. Through spectroscopy and (O III) lambda-5007 imaging, we show that the gas is excited by a low-velocity shock, which varies from approximately 50 to approximately 70 km/s along the ring. Fabry-Perot images in H-alpha confirm that the gas is moving slowly, and suggest that the structure is a supershell, approximately 107 yr old. This age is significantly younger than the galaxy's nuclear starburst, which is approximately 2 x 108 yr old. We also use our (O III) lambda-5007 images to identify planetary nebulae (PNs) in the bulge and inner disk of NGC 5102. Using the planetary nebula luminosity function, we derive a distance modulus to the galaxy of (m - M)0 = 27.47+0.18-0.27, or 3.1+0.3-0.4 Mpc, confirming its membership in the NGC 5128 group. Our derived value of 47.2+12.2-9.2 x 10-9 for the bolometric luminosity-specific PN density, alpha2.5, is higher than that observed for the bulge of M31 or the giant ellipticals of the Virgo Cluster, but not significantly different from that found for the small, normal ellipticals NGC 3377 or M32. The high value for alpha2.5 suggests that virtually all of NGC 5102's stars will someday evolve through the planetary nebula stage.

  18. CCD imagery of the S0 galaxies NGC 3990 and NGC 3998

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    Welch, G.A.; Welch, D.M.K.; Dupuy, D.L. Virginia Military Institute, Lexington )

    1991-01-01

    The structure and colors of NGC 3990 and NGC 3998 are investigated using BR CCD imagery. Fits of bulge-disk models of the galaxies indicate that both disks are somewhat brighter and more compact than typical S0 galaxies in the Virgo and Fornax clusters. Although the two galaxies are separated by only about 3.5 arcmin, none of the obvious signs of gravitational interaction are seen. The colors of both galaxies are normal; the disk of NGC 3998 is somewhat bluer than its bulge. The search has failed to reveal the interstellar dust predicted from the neutral hydrogen observations of NGC 3998. The dust that is seen appears to be mixed with ionized gas which occupies the center of this galaxy and may be the same material seen at longer wavelengths by the IRAS experiment. Its low abundance relative to the neutral gas is consistent with the idea that the ISM was contributed by a gas-rich dwarf galaxy in a destructive merger. 31 refs.

  19. Ionized Gas Observation Toward a Nearby Starburst Galaxy NGC 253

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    Nakanishi, K.; Sorai, K.; Nakai, N.; Kuno, N.; Matsubayashi, K.; Sugai, H.; Takano, S.; Kohno, K.; Nakajima, T.

    2015-12-01

    ALMA observation of a hydrogen recombination emission line toward NGC 253 was performed. NGC 253 is a prototypical starburst galaxy in the nearby universe. The recombination line was clearly detected in the central region of NGC 253 with a spatial resolution of few dozens of parsecs at the galaxy. The line and thermal free-free continuum emission show quite similar spatial distribution, and this fact shows the recombination line certainly traces ionized gas formed by young massive stars. Estimated electron temperature (6500-9000K) from the data are similar to those of Galactic HII regions. The recombination line has large velocity width at the center of the galaxy, and the velocity structure is quite different from that of molecular emission line.

  20. Star formation in the Magellanic irregular galaxy NGC 4449

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    Thronson, Harley A., Jr.; Hunter, Deidre A.; Telesco, C. M.; Decher, R.; Harper, D. A.

    1987-01-01

    New NIR and FIR maps and J = 1-0 CO spectroscopy of the Magellanic irregular galaxy NGC 4449 are presented. The brighter 150-micron emission is concentrated along the central visual ridge of the galaxy, although there is lower intensity extended emission throughout the visible extent of the object. The maximum FIR emission is coincident, within the uncertainties, with the visual and NIR maxima, identified as the galactic nucleus. It is estimated that the IR luminosity of the 1-kpc-diameter central region in NGC 4449 is comparable to that for a similar-sized region at the center of the Galaxy. A large fraction of the 150-micron emission may arise from warm dust distributed throughout the galaxy and heated by the diffuse radiation field. Active star formation follows the NIR emission in part of the galaxy, but no coincidence is found in another region.

  1. Star-formation in the central kpc of the starburst/LINER galaxy NGC 1614

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    Olsson, E.; Aalto, S.; Thomasson, M.; Beswick, R.

    2010-04-01

    Aims: The aim is to investigate the star-formation and LINER (low ionization nuclear emission line region) activity within the central kiloparsec of the galaxy NGC 1614. In this paper the radio continuum morphology, which provides a tracer of both nuclear and star-formation activity, and the distribution and dynamics of the cold molecular and atomic gas feeding this activity, are studied. In particular, the nature of an R ≈ 300 pc nuclear ring of star-formation and its relationship to the LINER activity in NGC 1614 is addressed. Methods: A high angular resolution, multi-wavelength study of the LINER galaxy NGC 1614 has been performed. Deep observations of the CO 1-0 spectral line were performed using the Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO). These data have been complemented by extensive multi-frequency radio continuum and Hi absorption observations using the Very Large Array (VLA) and Multi-Element Radio Linked Interferometer Network (MERLIN). Results: Toward the center of NGC 1614, we have detected a ring of radio continuum emission with a radius of 300 pc. This ring is coincident with previous radio and Paα observations. The dynamical mass of the ring based on Hi absorption is 3.1 × 109 M⊙. The peak of the integrated CO 1-0 emission is shifted by 1” to the north-west of the ring center. An upper limit to the molecular gas mass in the ring region is ~1.7 × 109 M⊙. Inside the ring, there is a north to south elongated 1.4 GHz radio continuum feature, with a nuclear peak. This peak is also seen in the 5 GHz radio continuum and in the CO. Conclusions: We suggest that the R = 300 pc star forming ring represents the radius of a dynamical resonance - as an alternative to the scenario that the starburst is propagating outwards from the center into a molecular ring. The ring-like appearance is probably part of a spiral structure. Substantial amounts of molecular gas have passed the radius of the ring and reached the nuclear region. The nuclear peak seen in 5

  2. The Globular Cluster System of the Spiral Galaxy NGC 7814

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    Rhode, Katherine L.; Zepf, Stephen E.

    2003-11-01

    We present the results of a wide-field photometric study of the globular cluster (GC) system of the edge-on Sab spiral NGC 7814. This is the first spiral to be fully analyzed from our survey of the GC systems of a large sample of galaxies beyond the Local Group. NGC 7814 is of particular interest because a previous study estimated that it has 500-1000 GCs, giving it the largest specific frequency (SN) known for a spiral. Understanding this galaxy's GC system is important in terms of our understanding of the GC populations of spirals in general and has implications for the formation of massive galaxies. We observed the galaxy in BVR filters with the WIYN 3.5 m telescope and used image classification and three-color photometry to select GC candidates. We also analyzed archival Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 images of NGC 7814, both to help quantify the contamination level of the WIYN GC candidate list and to detect GCs in the inner part of the galaxy halo. Combining HST data with high-quality ground-based images allows us to trace the entire radial extent of this galaxy's GC system and determine the total number of GCs directly through observation. We find that rather than being an especially high-SN spiral, NGC 7814 has <~200 GCs and SN~1, making it comparable to the two most well-studied spiral galaxies, the Milky Way and M31. We explore the implications of these results for models of the formation of galaxies and their GC systems. The initial results from our survey suggest that the GC systems of typical elliptical galaxies can be accounted for by the merger of two or more spirals, but that for highly luminous elliptical galaxies, additional physical processes may be needed.

  3. How does star formation proceed in the circumnuclear starburst ring of NGC 6951?

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    van der Laan, T. P. R.; Schinnerer, E.; Emsellem, E.; Hunt, L. K.; McDermid, R. M.; Liu, G.

    2013-03-01

    Gas inflowing along stellar bars is often stalled at the location of circumnuclear rings, which form an effective reservoir for massive star formation and thus shape the central regions of galaxies. However, how exactly star formation proceeds within these circumnuclear starburst rings is the subject of debate. Two main scenarios for this process have been put forward. In the first, the onset of star formation is regulated by the total amount of gas present in the ring with star forming starting, once a mass threshold has been reached, in "random" positions within the ring like "popcorn". In the second, star formation primarily takes place near the locations where the gas enters the ring. This scenario has been dubbed "pearls-on-a-string". Here we combine new optical IFU data covering the full stellar bar with existing multiwavelength data to study the 580 pc radius circumnuclear starburst ring in detail in the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 6951. Using Hubble Space Telescope (HST) archival data together with SAURON and OASIS IFU data, we derive the ages and stellar masses of star clusters, as well as the total stellar content of the central region. Adding information on the molecular gas distribution, stellar and gaseous dynamics, and extinction, we find that the circumnuclear ring in NGC 6951 is ~1-1.5 Gyr old and has been forming stars for most of that time. We see evidence for preferred sites of star formation within the ring, consistent with the "pearls-on-a-string" scenario, when focusing on the youngest stellar populations. The ring's longevity means that this signature is washed out when older stellar populations are included in the analysis. Tables 4 and 5 are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.orgOASIS maps and SAURON cube are available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr(130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/551/A81

  4. A BRIGHT RING OF STAR BIRTH AROUND A GALAXY'S CORE

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    2002-01-01

    n image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveals clusters of infant stars that formed in a ring around the core of the barred-spiral galaxy NGC 4314. This stellar nursery, whose inhabitants were created within the past 5 million years, is the only place in the entire galaxy where new stars are being born. The Hubble image is being presented today (June 11) at the American Astronomical Society meeting in San Diego, Calif. This close-up view by Hubble also shows other interesting details in the galaxy's core: dust lanes, a smaller bar of stars, dust and gas embedded in the stellar ring, and an extra pair of spiral arms packed with young stars. These details make the center resemble a miniature version of a spiral galaxy. While it is not unusual to have dust lanes and rings of gas in the centers of galaxies, it is uncommon to have spiral arms full of young stars in the cores. NGC 4314 is one of the nearest (only 40 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices) examples of a galaxy with a ring of infant stars close to the core. This stellar ring - whose radius is 1,000 light-years - is a great laboratory to study star formation in galaxies. The left-hand image, taken in February 1996 by the 30-inch telescope Prime Focus Camera at the McDonald Observatory in Texas, shows the entire galaxy, including the bar of stars bisecting the core and the outer spiral arms, which begin near the ends of this bar. The box around the galaxy's core pinpoints the focus of the Hubble image. The right-hand image shows Hubble's close-up view of the galaxy's core, taken in December 1995 by the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. The bluish-purple clumps that form the ring are the clusters of infant stars. Two dark, wispy lanes of dust and a pair of blue spiral arms are just outside the star-forming ring. The lanes of dust are being shepherded into the ring by the longer, primary stellar bar seen in the ground-based (left-hand) image. The gas is trapped inside the ring

  5. Shocked magnetic fields in the perturbed galaxies NGC 3627 and NGC 4254

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    Chyży, K. T.; Soida, M.; Urbanik, M.; Beck, R.

    Normal spiral galaxies usually show magnetic fields well aligned with spiral arms. However, recently Beck et al. (1999, Nature 397, 324) discovered a sudden magnetic field jump in the barred spiral NGC~1097 associated (but not coincident) with the bar-driven shock. To study such phenomena in detail we performed a VLA study at 8.44~GHz and 4.85~GHz of two perturbed galaxies: the tidally interacting NGC~3627 and the wind-swept NGC~4254. NGC~3627 shows a sudden jump of magnetic field direction close to a heavy dust lane in the western arm. However, contrary to predictions of the density wave shock models, the magnetic "shock" is displaced by about 1~kpc upstream from the dust lane. In the eastern arm, the magnetic field ignores the region of strong gas compression, running across the heavy dust lane at a high angle. Such behaviour was never seen before in spiral galaxies. NGC~4254 shows a bright narrow polarized ridge along its southern edge, suggestive for a shock caused by the intergalactic wind. However, against classical shock models the magnetic field shows a shock-like, sudden deviation along the line perpendicular to the ridge. Strong gradients of Faraday rotation in this region imply a complex, three dimensional magnetic field twisting.

  6. Stellar Population Synthesis of the Elliptical Galaxy NGC 4649

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    Chun, Mun-Suk; Gim, Moon-Whan; Sohn, Young-Jong

    2001-12-01

    We investigated population of the elliptical galaxy NGC 4649 using the spectral synthesis technique based on the linear program in the spectral regions between 3160Å to 10800Å. We used the spectral data of stars obtained by Gunn & Stryker (1983), and the integrated spectrum of NGC 4649 observed by Bertola et al. (1982). Among four models with different main sequence turn-off points, G8-K0V main sequence turn-off model is best fitted to the integrated spectrum of NGC 4649. We also found that super metal rich K giants are needed to describe the absorption lines in the long wavelength regions of integrated spectrum of NGC 4649. The mass to absolute light ratio obtained from the spectral synthesis is ~20 similar to those calculated dynamically.

  7. Black Holes in Bulgeless Galaxies: An XMM-Newton Investigation of NGC 3367 AND NGC 4536

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    McAlpine, W.; Satyapal, S.; Gliozzi, M.; Cheung, C. C.; Sambruna, R. M.; Eracleous, Michael

    2012-01-01

    The vast majority of optically identified active galactic nuclei (AGNs) in the local Universe reside in host galaxies with prominent bulges, supporting the hypothesis that black hole formation and growth is fundamentally connected to the build-up of galaxy bulges. However, recent mid-infrared spectroscopic studies with Spitzer of a sample of optically "normal" late-type galaxies reveal remarkably the presence of high-ionization [NeV] lines in several sources, providing strong evidence for AGNs in these galaxies. We present follow-up X-ray observations recently obtained with XMM-Newton of two such sources, the late-type optically normal galaxies NGC 3367 and NGC 4536. Both sources are detected in our observations. Detailed spectral analysis reveals that for both galaxies, the 2-10 keV emission is dominated by a power law with an X-ray luminosity in the L(sub 2- 10 keV) approximates 10(exp 39) - 10(exp 40) ergs/s range, consistent with low luminosity AGNs. While there is a possibility that X-ray binaries account for some fraction of the observed X-ray luminosity, we argue that this fraction is negligible. These observations therefore add to the growing evidence that the fraction of late-type galaxies hosting AGNs is significantly underestimated using optical observations alone. A comparison of the midinfrared [NeV] luminosity and the X-ray luminosities suggests the presence of an additional highly absorbed X-ray source in both galaxies, and that the black hole masses are in the range of 10(exp 5) - 10(exp 7) solar M for NGC 3367 and 10(exp 4) - (exp 10) solar M for NGC 4536

  8. Interstellar absorption lines in the galaxy NGC 1705

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    York, D.G.; Caulet, A.; Rybski, P.M.; Gallagher, J.S.; Blades, J.C. Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD )

    1990-03-01

    The possibility is considered, and shown to be plausible, that the strong C IV and Si IV absorption lines in low-resolution ultraviolet spectra of gas-rich dwarf galaxies are primarily interstellar, not stellar as has been supposed. The argument is based on analogies with H II regions in the Local Group, on low-resolution equivalent width measurements of gas-rich dwarf galaxies from the literature and on high-resolution UV spectra of NGC 1705. 48 refs.

  9. Interstellar absorption lines in the galaxy NGC 1705

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    York, Donald G.; Caulet, Adeline; Rybski, Paul M.; Gallagher, John S.; Blades, J. Chris

    1990-01-01

    The possibility is considered, and shown to be plausible, that the strong C IV and Si IV absorption lines in low-resolution ultraviolet spectra of gas-rich dwarf galaxies are primarily interstellar, not stellar as has been supposed. The argument is based on analogies with H II regions in the Local Group, on low-resolution equivalent width measurements of gas-rich dwarf galaxies from the literature and on high-resolution UV spectra of NGC 1705.

  10. Observational effects of interaction in the Seyfert galaxy NGC 7469

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    Pronik, I. I.; Metik, L.

    1990-01-01

    Some pecularities of the circummucleus of the Seyfert galaxy NGC 7469 were revealed, plausibly caused by interaction with the satellite IC 5283 and a starlike detail, situated on the edge of the west spiral branch 14 seconds from the nucleus. Shock excited H II regions were noted in the part of NGC 7469 turned toward the satellite IC 5283. The galaxy's central radio structure (lambda approx. 6 cm) stretches in the direction toward the satellite IC 5283 and the starlike detail. The spectum and color index of the starlike detail suggest that it is a cluster of early type stars (M sub V = -19 sup m) and dust clouds (A sub V = 3 sup m), in NGC 7469.

  11. Nuclear Star Formation in the Hot-Spot Galaxy NGC 2903

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    Alonso-Herrero, A.; Ryder, S. D.; Knapen, J. H.

    1994-01-01

    We present high-resolution near-infrared imaging obtained using adaptive optics and HST/NICMOS and ground-based spectroscopy of the hot-spot galaxy NGC 2903. Our near-infrared resolution imaging enables us to resolve the infrared hot spots into individual young stellar clusters or groups of these. The spatial distribution of the stellar clusters is not coincident with that of the bright H II regions, as revealed by the HST/NICMOS Pace image. Overall, the circumnuclear star formation in NGC 2903 shows a ring-like morphology with an approximate diameter of 625 pc. The SF properties of the stellar clusters and H II regions have been studied using the photometric and spectroscopic information in conjunction with evolutionary synthesis models. The population of bright stellar clusters shows a very narrow range of ages, 4 to 7 x 10(exp 6) yr after the peak of star formation, or absolute ages 6.5 to 9.5 x 10(exp 6) yr (for the assumed short-duration Gaussian bursts), and luminosities similar to the clusters found in the Antennae interacting galaxy. This population of young stellar clusters accounts for some 7 - 12% of the total stellar mass in the central 625 pc of NGC 2903. The H II regions in the ring of star formation have luminosities close to that of the super-giant H II region 30 Doradus, they are younger than the stellar clusters, and will probably evolve into bright infrared stellar clusters similar to those observed today. We find that the star formation efficiency in the central regions of NGC 2903 is higher than in normal galaxies, approaching the lower end of infrared luminous galaxies.

  12. The infrared emission from the elliptical galaxy NGC 1052

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    Becklin, E. E.; Tokunaga, A. T.; Wynn-Williams, C. G.

    1982-01-01

    Multi-aperture IR photometry of the elliptical galaxy NGC 1052 shows that its IR excess is confined to a region smaller than 2 arc sec (300 pc) in diameter coincident with the visible nucleus. It is suggested that the emission in the 5-20 micron range arises from dust heated by the nonthermal source seen at other wavelengths.

  13. Dwarf Galaxies in the Halo of NGC 891

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    Schulz, Earl

    2014-07-01

    We report the results of a survey of the region within 40 arcmin of NGC 891, a nearby nearly perfectly edge-on spiral galaxy. Candidate "non-stars" with diameters greater than 15 arcsec were selected from the GSC 2.3.2 catalog and cross-comparison of observations in several bands using archived GALEX, DSS2, WISE, and Two Micron All Sky Survey images identified contaminating stars, artifacts, and background galaxies, all of which were excluded. The resulting 71 galaxies, many of which were previously uncataloged, comprise a size-limited survey of the region. A majority of the galaxies are in the background of NGC 891 and are for the most part members of the A347 cluster at a distance of about 75 Mpc. The new finds approximately double the known membership of A347, previously thought to be relatively sparse. We identify a total of seven dwarf galaxies, most of which are new discoveries. The newly discovered dwarf galaxies are dim and gas-poor and may be associated with the previously observed arcs of red giant branch halo stars in the halo and the prominent H I filament and the lopsided features in the disk of NGC 891. Several of the dwarfs show signs of disruption, consistent with being remnants of an ancient collision.

  14. Dwarf galaxies in the halo of NGC 891

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    Schulz, Earl

    2014-07-20

    We report the results of a survey of the region within 40 arcmin of NGC 891, a nearby nearly perfectly edge-on spiral galaxy. Candidate 'non-stars' with diameters greater than 15 arcsec were selected from the GSC 2.3.2 catalog and cross-comparison of observations in several bands using archived GALEX, DSS2, WISE, and Two Micron All Sky Survey images identified contaminating stars, artifacts, and background galaxies, all of which were excluded. The resulting 71 galaxies, many of which were previously uncataloged, comprise a size-limited survey of the region. A majority of the galaxies are in the background of NGC 891 and are for the most part members of the A347 cluster at a distance of about 75 Mpc. The new finds approximately double the known membership of A347, previously thought to be relatively sparse. We identify a total of seven dwarf galaxies, most of which are new discoveries. The newly discovered dwarf galaxies are dim and gas-poor and may be associated with the previously observed arcs of red giant branch halo stars in the halo and the prominent H I filament and the lopsided features in the disk of NGC 891. Several of the dwarfs show signs of disruption, consistent with being remnants of an ancient collision.

  15. THE ARECIBO GALAXY ENVIRONMENT SURVEY. III. OBSERVATIONS TOWARD THE GALAXY PAIR NGC 7332/7339 AND THE ISOLATED GALAXY NGC 1156

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    Minchin, R. F.; Momjian, E.; Auld, R.; Davies, J. I.; Smith, M. W. L.; Taylor, R.; Valls-Gabaud, D.; Van Driel, W.; Karachentsev, I. D.; Henning, P. A.; O'Neil, K. L.

    2010-10-15

    Two 5 deg{sup 2} regions around the NGC 7332/9 galaxy pair and the isolated galaxy NGC 1156 have been mapped in the 21 cm line of neutral hydrogen (H I) with the Arecibo L-band Feed Array out to a redshift of {approx}0.065 ({approx}20,000 km s{sup -1}) as part of the Arecibo Galaxy Environment Survey. One of the aims of this survey is to investigate the environment of galaxies by identifying dwarf companions and interaction remnants; both of these areas provide the potential for such discoveries. The neutral hydrogen observations were complemented by optical and radio follow-up observations with a number of telescopes. A total of 87 galaxies were found, of which 39 (45%) were previously cataloged and 15 (17%) have prior redshifts. Two dwarf galaxies have been discovered in the NGC 7332 group and a single dwarf galaxy in the vicinity of NGC 1156. A parallel optical search of the area revealed one further possible dwarf galaxy near NGC 7332.

  16. The optical morphology of the kinematically peculiar galaxy NGC 4826

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    Walterbos, R. A. M.; Braun, R.; Kennicutt, R. C., Jr.

    1994-01-01

    We present charge coupled device (CCD) BVI photometry of the galaxy NGC 4826, the Evil- or Black-Eye galaxy, which was recently found to have two counter-rotating gas disks. We study the extinction in the inner gas disk, which gives NGC 4826 its nickname, and find that this disk can be coplanar or close to coplanar with the stellar disk and still cause the strong absorption that is seen on one side of the galaxy. We try to constrain the orientation of the outer gas disk by looking for a small overall asymmetry in the light distribution which would be present if there is dust in this disk, and if it is significantly tilted with respect to the main body of the galaxy. The test shows that the light distribution does not preclude the outer gas disk from being coplanar with the stellar disk as well. NGC 4826 has a small bulge, with a bulge to total light ratio of 0.17 in B. We confirm that this galaxy is indeed a spiral, with a perfect exponential disk down to 27 mag/sq arcsec in B. The close to coplanar orientation of the gas disks is one aspect which is in good agreement with what is expected on the basis of a merger model for the counter-rotating gas. The rotation direction of the inner gas disk with respect to the stars, however, is not. In addition, the existence of a well defined exponential disk probably implies that if a merger did occur it must have been between a gas-rich dwarf and a spiral, not between two equal mass spirals. The stellar spiral arms of NGC 4826 are trailing over part of the disk and leading in the outer disk. Recent numerical calculations by Byrd et al. for NGC 4622 suggest that long lasting leading arms could be formed by a close retrograde passage of a small companion. In this scenario, the outer counter-rotating gas disk in NGC 4826 might be the tidally stripped gas from the dwarf. However, in NGC 4826 the outer arms are leading, while it appears that in NGC 4622 the inner arms are leading. A realistic N-body/hydro simulation of a dwarf

  17. Non-circular motion estimation of the grand-design spiral galaxy NGC 628

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    Colombo, D.

    2013-09-01

    I present a harmonic decomposition analysis of the grand-design spiral galaxy NGC 628 using the H I data from The H I Nearby Galaxy Survey (THINGS), Walter et al., Astron. J. 136, 2563 (2008). The harmonic decomposition analysis allows the estimation of the peculiar motion magnitude of the galaxy not counted in the rotation of the disk. The rotation curve is obtained through a tilted ring analysis and reaches a maximum velocity not higher than 200 km s-1. The residual from the velocity field shows a morphology shift from a m = 1 to a m = 3 feature at R = 120", typical of two spiral arms perturbation of the potential. The non-circular motion have a magnitude of ~10 km s-1, in agreement with previous studies of similar Hubble type galaxies.

  18. Environment of Seyfert 2 galaxies: the group of galaxies around NGC5252.

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    Freudling, W.; Prieto, M. Almudena

    1996-02-01

    The relatively large neutral hydrogen contents and enhanced density of companion galaxies around Seyfert 2 galaxies suggests that tidal interaction could play a major role in the evolution of Seyfert 2 galaxies. Recent observations of the distribution of neutral hydrogen in the active S0 galaxy NGC5252 have shown a disturbed morphology which suggests that the HI in this galaxy could have been acquired through interaction with neighboring galaxies (Prieto & Freudling 1993 and 1995). We have searched for other HI rich galaxies within a radius of 25 arcmin and a redshift range of +/-600km/s around the center location and redshift of NGC5252. A total of five galaxies were found, four of them are cataloged galaxies with no previous redshifts available. These five galaxies were mapped with the VLA in order to search for signs of recent tidal interactions. The maps and derived HI parameters are presented and compared to the one of NGC5252, the sixth member of the group. Two of the galaxies (UGC 8635) are an interacting pair. No signs of other recent interactions were found. Using the Arecibo telescope, we also searched for intergalactic neutral hydrogen between the group members as another potential source of gas for NGC5252. Upper limits on intergroup gas are given for three positions. The lack of evidence for interaction among the galaxies could be interpreted in two different ways. Either interaction occurred in the distant past and triggered activity in this galaxy over a long period of time. Alternatively, factors other than the gas supply might be responsible for the observation that Seyfert 2 galaxies tend to be surrounded by a region of enhanced galaxy density.

  19. Circumnuclear molecular gas in megamaser disk galaxies NGC 4388 and NGC 1194

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    Greene, Jenny E.; Seth, Anil; Lyubenova, Mariya; Van de Ven, Glenn; Läsker, Ronald; Walsh, Jonelle

    2014-06-20

    We explore the warm molecular and ionized gas in the centers of two megamaser disk galaxies using K-band spectroscopy. Our ultimate goal is to determine how gas is funneled onto the accretion disk, here traced by megamaser spots on sub-parsec scales. We present NIR IFU data with a resolution of ∼50 pc for two galaxies: NGC 4388 with VLT/SINFONI and NGC 1194 with Keck/OSIRIS+AO. The high spatial resolution and rich spectral diagnostics allow us to study both the stellar and gas kinematics as well as gas excitation on scales only an order of magnitude larger than the maser disk. We find a drop in the stellar velocity dispersion in the inner ∼100 pc of NGC 4388, a common signature of a dynamically cold central component seen in many active nuclei. We also see evidence for noncircular gas motions in the molecular hydrogen on similar scales, with the gas kinematics on 100 parsec scales aligned with the megamaser disk. In contrast, the high ionization lines and Brγ trace outflow along the 100 parsec-scale jet. In NGC 1194, the continuum from the accreting black hole is very strong, making it difficult to measure robust two-dimensional kinematics, but the spatial distribution and line ratios of the molecular hydrogen and Brγ have consistent properties between the two galaxies.

  20. MERGING COLD FRONTS IN THE GALAXY PAIR NGC 7619 AND NGC 7626

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    Randall, S. W.; Jones, C.; Kraft, R.; Forman, W. R.; O'Sullivan, E.

    2009-05-10

    We present results from Chandra observations of the galaxy pair NGC 7619 and NGC 7626, the two dominant members of the Pegasus group. The X-ray images show a brightness edge associated with each galaxy, which we identify as merger cold fronts. The edges are sharp, and the axes of symmetry of the edges are roughly antiparallel, suggesting that these galaxies are falling toward one another in the plane of the sky. The detection of merger cold fronts in each of the two dominant member galaxies implies a merging subgroup scenario, since the alternative is that the galaxies are falling into a preexisting {approx}1 keV halo without a dominant galaxy of its own, and such objects are not observed. We estimate the three-dimensional velocities from the cold fronts and, using the observed radial velocities of the galaxies, show that the velocity vectors are indeed most likely close to the plane of the sky, with a relative velocity of {approx}1190 km s{sup -1}. The relative velocity is consistent with what is expected from the infall of two roughly equal mass subgroups whose total viral mass equals that of the Pegasus group. We conclude that the Pegasus cluster is most likely currently forming from a major merger of two subgroups, dominated by NGC 7619 and NGC 7626. NGC 7626 contains a strong radio source, consisting of a core with two symmetric jets, and radio lobes. Although we find no associated structure in the X-ray surface brightness map, the temperature map reveals a clump of cool gas just outside the southern lobe, presumably entrained by the lobe, and possibly an extension of cooler gas into the lobe itself. The jet axis is parallel with the projected direction of motion of NGC 7626 (inferred from the symmetry axis of the merger cold front), and the southern leading jet is foreshortened as compared to the northern trailing one, possibly due to the additional ram pressure encountered by the forward jet.

  1. The multifrequency spectrum of the starburst galaxy NGC 2782

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    Kinney, A. L.; Bregman, J. N.; Huggins, P. J.; Glassgold, A. E.; Cohen, R. D.

    1984-01-01

    The nuclear region of NGC 2782 has been observed at radio, millimeter, infrared, optical, ultraviolet, and X-ray frequencies to understand the ionization source that gives rise to the narrow emission lines. The continuum is probably caused by a normal galactic population plus considerable numbers of young stars and warm dust. In the ultraviolet and optical spectra, which are powerful diagnostics, no strong lines are detected in the 1200 A-3200 A region aside from L-alpha, and the optical emission lines cover only a narrow ionization range. The line and continuum properties suggest that NGC 2782 is a starburst galaxy, in which young stars photoionize the surrounding gas.

  2. Testing MOND gravity in the shell galaxy NGC 3923

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    Bílek, M.; Jungwiert, B.; Jílková, L.; Ebrová, I.; Bartošková, K.; Křížek, M.

    2013-11-01

    Context. The elliptical galaxy NGC 3923 is surrounded by numerous stellar shells that are concentric arcs centered on the Galactic core. They are very likely a result of a minor merger and they consist of stars in nearly radial orbits. For a given potential, the shell radii at a given time after the merger can be calculated and compared to observations. The MOdified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND) is a theory that aims to solve the missing mass problem by modifying the laws of classical dynamics in the limit of small accelerations. Hernquist & Quinn (1987, ApJ, 312, 1) claimed that the shell distribution of NGC 3923 contradicted MOND, but Milgrom (1988, ApJ, 332, 86) found several substantial insufficiencies in their work. Aims: We test whether the observed shell distribution in NGC 3923 is consistent with MOND using the current observational knowledge of the shell number and positions and of the host galaxy surface brightness profile, which supersede the data available in the 1980s when the last (and negative) tests of MOND viability were performed on NGC 3923. Methods: Using the 3.6 μm bandpass image of NGC 3923 from the Spitzer space telescope we construct the mass profile of the galaxy. The evolution of shell radii in MOND is then computed using analytical formulae. We use 27 currently observed shells and allow for their multi-generation formation, unlike the Hernquist & Quinn one-generation model that used the 18 shells known at the time. Results: Our model reproduces the observed shell radii with a maximum deviation of ~5% for 25 out of 27 known shells while keeping a reasonable formation scenario. A multi-generation nature of the shell system, resulting from successive passages of the surviving core of the tidally disrupted dwarf galaxy, is one of key ingredients of our scenario supported by the extreme shell radial range. The 25 reproduced shells are interpreted as belonging to three generations.

  3. Intrinsic shapes of elliptical galaxy: NGC 1052 using modified prior

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    Kumar Singh, Arun; Chakraborty, D. K.

    Determination of intrinsic shapes of the individual elliptical galaxies using photometry is an important problem because the number of galaxies with good photometry is many more than those with good kinematics. We determine the intrinsic shapes of the light distribution of elliptical galaxies by combining the profiles of photometric data from the literature with triaxial models. We use ensembles of models so that the shape estimates are largely model independent. We follow the methodology as described in Statler (1994) which is modified to suit our requirements. We find that short to long axial ratios at very small radii and at very large radii, and the absolute value of the triaxiality difference are the best constrained shape parameters. Using a flat prior, the shapes of elliptical galaxies are reported by Chakraborty et al (2008) and Singh & Chakraborty (2009). The flat prior of 20 galaxies are superimposed over EAC-Ph other to obtain the distribution. This distribution is regarded as a prior (a modified prior) and shapes of 20 galaxies are again recalculated by using such modified prior. We determine the intrinsic shapes of the elliptical galaxy NGC 1052 using modified prior should be more reliable. These results are compared with the previous estimates which are determined by using flat prior. The plot shows the intrinsic shapes of the NGC 1052 as a function of (q0,q∞) for two dimensional shapes and (q0,q∞, |Td|) for three dimensional shapes, where q0 and q∞(=q) are the short to long axial ratios at small and at large radii and |Td| is the absolute values of the triaxiality difference, defined as |Td|= |T∞ - T0|. The probability is shown in the dark gray region: darker is the region higher is the probability. We find that the galaxy NGC 1052 is flatter inside and flatter outside.

  4. The Arecibo Galaxy Environment Survey: Observations towards the NGC 7817/7798 Galaxy Pair

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    Harrison, Amanda; Robert Minchin

    2016-01-01

    The Arecibo Galaxy Environment Survey (AGES) examines the environment of neutral hydrogen gas in the interstellar medium. AGES uses the 305m Arecibo Radio Telescope and the Arecibo L-Band Feed Array to create a deep field neutral hydrogen survey which we used to detect galaxies in an area five square degrees around the galaxy pair NGC 7817/7798. By finding and investigating hydrogen rich galaxies we hope to gain a better understanding of how the environment affects galaxy evolution. H1 line profiles were made for the detected H1 emission and ten galaxies which had the characteristic double-horned feature were found. NGC 7798 was not detected, but NGC 7817 and the other galaxies were cross-identified in NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database as well as in Sloan Digital Sky Survey to obtain optical data. Out of the ten, two of the sources were uncatalogued. We analyzed the hydrogen spectra and aperture photometry to learn about the characteristics of these galaxies such as their heliocentric velocity, flux, and mass of the neutral hydrogen. Furthermore, we graphed the Tully-Fisher and the Baryonic Tully-Fisher of the ten sources and found that most followed the relation. One that is the biggest outlier is suspected be a galaxy cluster while other outliers may be caused by ram pressure stripping deforming the galaxy.

  5. A survey of satellite galaxies around NGC 4258

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    Spencer, Meghin; Loebman, Sarah; Yoachim, Peter

    2014-06-20

    We conduct a survey of satellite galaxies around the nearby spiral NGC 4258 by combining spectroscopic observations from the Apache Point Observatory 3.5 m telescope with Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) spectra. New spectroscopy is obtained for 15 galaxies. Of the 47 observed objects, we categorize 8 of them as probable satellites, 8 as possible satellites, and 17 as unlikely to be satellites. We do not speculate on the membership of the remaining 14 galaxies due to a lack of velocity and distance information. Radially integrating our best-fit NFW profile for NGC 4258 yields a total mass of 1.8 × 10{sup 12} M {sub ☉} within 200 kpc. We find that the angular distribution of the satellites appears to be random, and not preferentially aligned with the disk of NGC 4258. In addition, many of the probable satellite galaxies have blue u–r colors and appear to be star-forming irregulars in SDSS images; this stands in contrast to the low number of blue satellites in the Milky Way and M31 systems at comparable distances.

  6. Kinematics in the Interacting, Star-Forming Galaxies NGC 3395/3396 and NGC 3991/3994/3995

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    Weistrop, Donna; Nelson, Charles H.

    1999-01-01

    It has been suggested that induced star formation is more sensitive to galaxy dynamics than to local phenomena and that enhanced star formation is found in galaxies with disturbed velocity structures. We are studying the stellar populations of several UV-bright, interacting galaxies to try to understand the detailed star formation process in these systems. We present preliminary results of an investigation of the kinematics of star-forming regions in the interacting systems NGC 3395/3396 and NGC 3991/3994/3995. Regions of powerful star formation are observed throughout these galaxies. The observatation will be used to investigate rotation curves in the galaxies and motion in the tidal tails.

  7. The Isolated Interacting Galaxy Pair NGC 5426/27 (Arp 271)

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    Fuentes-Carrera, I.; Rosado, M.; Amram, P.; Dultzin-Hacyan, D.; Bernal, A.; Salo, H.; Laurikainen, E.; Cruz-González, I.; Le Coarer, E.

    2001-03-01

    The isolated interacting galaxy pair NGC 5426/27 (Arp 271) was observed using the scanning Fabry-Perot interferometer PUMA. The velocity field, various kinematical parameters and rotation curve for each galaxy were derived. We found a small bar-like structure in NGC 5426 and a severely distorted velocity field for NGC 5427. A range of possible masses was computed for each galaxy.

  8. The Catalog of Southern Ringed Galaxies

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    Buta, R.

    1995-01-01

    The Catalog of Southern Ringed Galaxies (CSRG) is a comprehensive compilation of diameters, axis ratios, relative bar position angles, and morphologies of inner and outer rings, pseudorings, and lenses in 3692 galaxies south of declination -17 deg. The purpose of the catalog is to evaluate the idea that these ring phenomena are related to orbital resonances with a bar or oval in galaxy potentials. The catalog is based on visual inspection of most of the 606 fields of the Science Research Council (SRC) IIIa-J southern sky survey, with the ESO-B, ESO-R, and Palomar Sky surveys used as auxiliaries when needed for overexposed core regions. The catalog is most complete for SRC fields 1-303 (mostly south of declination -42 deg). In addition to ringed galaxies, a list of 859 mostly nonringed galaxies intended for comparison with other catalogs is provided. Other findings from the CSRG that are not based on statistics are the identification of intrinsic bar/ring misalignment; bars which underfill inner rings; dimpling of R'1 pseudorings; pointy, rectangular, or hexagonal inner or outer ring shapes; a peculiar polar-ring-related system; and other extreme examples of spiral structure and ring morphology.

  9. NGC 4102: HIGH-RESOLUTION INFRARED OBSERVATIONS OF A NUCLEAR STARBURST RING

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    Beck, Sara C.; Lacy, John H.; Turner, Jean L.

    2010-10-20

    The composite galaxy NGC 4102 hosts a LINER nucleus and a starburst. We mapped NGC 4102 in the 12.8 {mu}m line of [Ne II], using the echelon spectrometer TEXES on the NASA IRTF, to obtain a data cube with 1.''5 spatial, and 25 km s{sup -1} spectral, resolution. Combining near-infrared, radio, and the [Ne II] data shows that the extinction to the starburst is substantial, more than 2 mag at the K band, and that the neon abundance is less than half solar. We find that the star formation in the nuclear region is confined to a rotating ring or disk of 4.''3 ({approx}300 pc) diameter, inside the inner Lindblad resonance. This region is an intense concentration of mass, with a dynamical mass {approx}3 x 10{sup 9} M{sub sun}, and of star formation. The young stars in the ring produce the [Ne II] flux reported by Spitzer for the entire galaxy. The mysterious blue component of line emission detected in the near-infrared is also seen in [Ne II]; it is not a normal active galactic nucleus outflow.

  10. XMM-NEWTON OBSERVATIONS OF LUMINOUS SOURCES IN NEARBY GALAXIES NGC 4395, NGC 4736, AND NGC 4258

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    Akyuz, A.; Avdan, H.; Kayaci, S.; Ozel, M. E.; Sonbas, E.; Balman, S.

    2013-03-15

    We present the results of a study of non-nuclear discrete sources in a sample of three nearby spiral galaxies (NGC 4395, NGC 4736, and NGC 4258) based on XMM-Newton archival data supplemented with Chandra data for spectral and timing analyses. A total of 75 X-ray sources have been detected within the D{sub 25} regions of the target galaxies. The large collecting area of XMM-Newton makes the statistics sufficient to obtain spectral fitting for 16 (about 20%) of these sources. Compiling the extensive archival exposures available, we were able to obtain the detailed spectral shapes of diverse classes of point sources. We have also studied temporal properties of these luminous sources. Eleven of them are found to show short-term (less than 80 ks) variation while eight of them show long-term variation within factors of {approx}2-5 during a time interval of {approx}2-12 years. Timing analysis provides strong evidence that most of these sources are accreting X-ray binary systems. One source that has properties different from others was suspected to be a supernova remnant, and our follow-up optical observation confirmed this. Our results indicate that sources within the three nearby galaxies are showing a variety of source populations, including several ultraluminous X-ray sources, X-ray binaries, transients together with a super soft source, and a background active galactic nucleus candidate.

  11. GIANT GALAXIES, DWARFS, AND DEBRIS SURVEY. I. DWARF GALAXIES AND TIDAL FEATURES AROUND NGC 7331

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    Ludwig, Johannes; Pasquali, Anna; Grebel, Eva K.; Gallagher, John S. III

    2012-12-01

    The Giant GAlaxies, Dwarfs, and Debris Survey (GGADDS) concentrates on the nearby universe to study how galaxies have interacted in groups of different morphology, density, and richness. In these groups, we select the dominant spiral galaxy and search its surroundings for dwarf galaxies and tidal interactions. This paper presents the first results from deep wide-field imaging of NGC 7331, where we detect only four low-luminosity candidate dwarf companions and a stellar stream that may be evidence of a past tidal interaction. The dwarf galaxy candidates have surface brightnesses of {mu}{sub r} Almost-Equal-To 23-25 mag arcsec{sup -2} with (g - r){sub 0} colors of 0.57-0.75 mag in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey filter system, consistent with their being dwarf spheroidal (dSph) galaxies. A faint stellar stream structure on the western edge of NGC 7331 has {mu}{sub g} Almost-Equal-To 27 mag arcsec{sup -2} and a relatively blue color of (g - r){sub 0} = 0.15 mag. If it is tidal debris, then this stream could have formed from a rare type of interaction between NGC 7331 and a dwarf irregular or transition-type dwarf galaxy. We compare the structure and local environments of NGC 7331 to those of other nearby giant spirals in small galaxy groups. NGC 7331 has a much lower ({approx}2%) stellar mass in the form of early-type satellites than found for M31 and lacks the presence of nearby companions like luminous dwarf elliptical galaxies or the Magellanic Clouds. However, our detection of a few dSph candidates suggests that it is not deficient in low-luminosity satellites.

  12. EXTREMELY RAPID STAR CLUSTER DISRUPTION IN HIGH-SHEAR CIRCUMNUCLEAR STARBURST RINGS: THE UNUSUAL CASE OF NGC 7742

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    De Grijs, Richard; Anders, Peter E-mail: anders@pku.edu.cn

    2012-10-10

    All known mass distributions of recently formed star cluster populations resemble a 'universal' power-law function. Here we assess the impact of the extremely disruptive environment in NGC 7742's circumnuclear starburst ring on the early evolution of the galaxy's high-mass ({approx}10{sup 5}-10{sup 7} M{sub Sun }) star cluster population. Surprisingly, and contrary to expectations, at all ages-including the youngest, {approx}< 15 Myr-the cluster mass functions are robustly and verifiably represented by lognormal distributions that resemble those commonly found only for old, evolved globular cluster systems in the local universe. This suggests that the high-shear conditions in the NGC 7742 starburst ring may significantly speed up dynamical star cluster destruction. This enhanced mass-dependent disruption rate at very young ages might be caused by a combination of the starburst ring's high density and the shear caused by the counterrotating gas disk.

  13. NGC 4550 - A laboratory for testing galaxy formation

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    Rix, Hans-Walter; Franx, Marijn; Fisher, David; Illingworth, Garth

    1992-01-01

    The kinematic and photometric structure of the two components of the E7/S0 galaxy NGC 4550 are evaluated quantitatively to determine the system's morphology. Attention is given to whether the data indicate a rotating bulge with a counterrotating disk or a pair of counterstreaming disks, and formation scenarios are discussed in the light of the findings. The data examined include long-slit spectroscopy with evidence of bimodality in the line-of-sight velocity distribution. Two photometrically inseparable counterstreaming disk components are identified and their velocities given. The structure and the formation scenarios given point to the feasibility of absorption of external material by galaxy disks without extreme heating. The possibility of detecting stellar counterrotation in S0 disks is discussed based on the study of NGC 4550.

  14. Gas-phase Oxygen Abundances and Radial Metallicity Gradients in the Two nearby Spiral Galaxies NGC 7793 and NGC 4945

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    Stanghellini, Letizia; Magrini, Laura; Casasola, Viviana

    2015-10-01

    Gas-phase abundances in H ii regions of two spiral galaxies, NGC 7793 and NGC 4945, have been studied to determine their radial metallicity gradients. We used the strong-line method to derive oxygen abundances from spectra acquired with GMOS-S, the multi-object spectrograph on the 8 m Gemini South telescope. We found that NGC 7793 has a well-defined gas-phase radial oxygen gradient of -0.321 ± 0.112 dex {R}25-1 (or -0.054 ± 0.019 dex kpc-1) in the galactocentric range 0.17 < RG/R25 < 0.82, not dissimilar from gradients calculated with direct abundance methods in galaxies of similar mass and morphology. We also determined a shallow radial oxygen gradient in NGC 4945, -0.253 ± 0.149 dex {R}25-1 (or -0.019 ± 0.011 dex kpc-1) for 0.04 < RG/R25 < 0.51, where the larger relative uncertainty derives mostly from the larger inclination of this galaxy. NGC 7793 and NGC 4945 have been selected for this study because they are similar, in mass and morphology, to M33 and the Milky Way, respectively. Since at zeroth order we expect the radial metallicity gradients to depend on mass and galaxy type, we compared our galaxies in the framework of radial metallicity models best suited for M33 and the Galaxy. We found a good agreement between M33 and NGC 7793, pointing toward similar evolution for the two galaxies. We notice instead differences between NGC 4945 and the radial metallicity gradient model that best fits the Milky Way. We found that these differences are likely related to the presence of an active galactic nucleus combined with a bar in the central regions of NGC 4945, and to its interacting environment.

  15. MODELING DUST AND STARLIGHT IN GALAXIES OBSERVED BY SPITZER AND HERSCHEL: NGC 628 AND NGC 6946

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    Aniano, G.; Draine, B. T.; Calzetti, D.; Crocker, A.; Dale, D. A.; Engelbracht, C. W.; Gordon, K. D.; Hunt, L. K.; Kennicutt, R. C.; Galametz, M.; Krause, O.; Rix, H.-W.; Sandstrom, K.; Walter, F.; Leroy, A. K.; Roussel, H.; Sauvage, M.; Bolatto, A. D.; Donovan Meyer, J. E-mail: draine@astro.princeton.edu; and others

    2012-09-10

    We characterize the dust in NGC 628 and NGC 6946, two nearby spiral galaxies in the KINGFISH sample. With data from 3.6 {mu}m to 500 {mu}m, dust models are strongly constrained. Using the Draine and Li dust model (amorphous silicate and carbonaceous grains), for each pixel in each galaxy we estimate (1) dust mass surface density, (2) dust mass fraction contributed by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, (3) distribution of starlight intensities heating the dust, (4) total infrared (IR) luminosity emitted by the dust, and (5) IR luminosity originating in regions with high starlight intensity. We obtain maps for the dust properties, which trace the spiral structure of the galaxies. The dust models successfully reproduce the observed global and resolved spectral energy distributions (SEDs). The overall dust/H mass ratio is estimated to be 0.0082 {+-} 0.0017 for NGC 628, and 0.0063 {+-} 0.0009 for NGC 6946, consistent with what is expected for galaxies of near-solar metallicity. Our derived dust masses are larger (by up to a factor of three) than estimates based on single-temperature modified blackbody fits. We show that the SED fits are significantly improved if the starlight intensity distribution includes a (single intensity) 'delta function' component. We find no evidence for significant masses of cold dust (T {approx}< 12 K). Discrepancies between PACS and MIPS photometry in both low and high surface brightness areas result in large uncertainties when the modeling is done at PACS resolutions, in which case SPIRE, MIPS70, and MIPS160 data cannot be used. We recommend against attempting to model dust at the angular resolution of PACS.

  16. Origin of cosmic rays in the spiral galaxy NGC 3310

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    Duric, N.

    1984-01-01

    The problem of cosmic ray production in the spiral galaxy NGC 3310 is addressed by analyzing and comparing optical and radio continuum data. Tentative results indicate that on global scales relativistic electrons may be produced in the shock front associated with the density wave while on local scales extreme population I objects may be producing them. It is inferred that the same conclusions apply to all cosmic rays produced in the disk. 9 references.

  17. Dynamics of the Polar Disk Galaxy NGC 4650A

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    Napolitano, N. R.; Iodice, E.; Arnaboldi, M.

    2014-05-01

    We present the dark matter distribution around the polar disk galaxy NGC 4650A. We use extended H I data along the polar disk and long slit kinematics along the spheroid and constrain the dark matter halo scales along the two directions under equilibrium assumptions and a Navarro-Frank-White profile. The different scale lengths along the two axes show that the the dark halo has an axis ratio c/a≃0.5 in agreement with expectations from cosmological simulations.

  18. ISM Parameters in the Normal Galaxy NGC 5713

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    Lord, S. D.; Malhotra, S.; Lim, T.; Helou, G.; Beichman, C. A.; Dinerstein, H.; Hollenbach, D. J.; Hunter, D. A.; Lo, K. Y.; Lu, N. Y.; Rubin, R. H.; Stacey, G. J.; Thronson, H. A., Jr.; Werner, M. W.

    1996-01-01

    We report ISO Long Wavelength Spectrometer (LWS) observations fo the Sbc(s) pec galaxy NGC 5713. We have obtained strong detections of the fine-structure forbidden transitions [C(sub ii)] 158(micro)m, [O(sub i)]63(micro)m, and [O(sub iii)] 88(micro)m, and significant upper limits for[N(sub ii)]122(micro)m, [O(sub iii)] 52(micro)m, and [N(sub iii)] 57(micro)m. We also detect the galaxy's dust continuum emission between 43 and 197 microns.

  19. Kinematics and stellar population of the lenticular galaxy NGC 4124

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    Zasov, A. V.; Sil'chenko, O. K.; Katkov, I. Yu.; Dodonov, S. N.

    2013-01-01

    Results of spectroscopic and photometric studies for the locally isolated lenticular galaxy NGC 4124 are presented. A model of the mass distribution consistent with photometric data has been constructed on the basis of a kinematic analysis. In this model, the halo mass within the optical radius is almost half the diskmass. The disk is shown to be in a dynamical state close to amarginally stable one. This rules out dynamical disk heating for the galaxy through a strong external action or a merger with a massive system. However, the presence of a gaseous disk inclined to the main plane of the galaxy in the central kiloparsec region suggests probable cannibalization of a small satellite that also produced a late starburst in the central region. This is confirmed by the younger mean age (˜2 Gyr) of the stellar population in the galaxy's central region than the disk age (5-7 Gyr).

  20. XMM-Newton observation of the interacting galaxies NGC 1512 and NGC 1510

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    Ducci, L.; Kavanagh, P. J.; Sasaki, M.; Koribalski, B. S.

    2014-06-01

    Context. The galaxy NGC 1512 is interacting with the smaller galaxy NGC 1510 and shows a peculiar morphology, characterised by two extended arms immersed in an HI disc whose size is about four times larger than the optical diameter of NGC 1512. Aims: For the first time we performed a deep X-ray observation of the galaxies NGC 1512 and NGC 1510 with XMM-Newton to gain information on the population of X-ray sources and diffuse emission in a system of interacting galaxies. Methods: We identified and classified the sources detected in the XMM-Newton field of view by means of spectral analysis, hardness-ratios calculated with a Bayesian method, X-ray variability, and cross-correlations with catalogues in optical, infrared, and radio wavelengths. We also made use of archival Swift (X-ray) and Australia Telescope Compact Array (radio) data to better constrain the nature of the sources detected with XMM-Newton. Results: We detected 106 sources in the energy range of 0.2-12 keV, out of which 15 are located within the D25 regions of NGC 1512 and NGC 1510 and at least six sources coincide with the extended arms. We identified and classified six background objects and six foreground stars. We discussed the nature of a source within the D25 ellipse of NGC 1512, whose properties indicate a quasi-stellar object or an intermediate ultra-luminous X-ray source. Taking into account the contribution of low-mass X-ray binaries and active galactic nuclei, the number of high-mass X-ray binaries detected within the D25 region of NGC 1512 is consistent with the star formation rate obtained in previous works based on radio, infrared optical, and UV wavelengths. We detected diffuse X-ray emission from the interior region of NGC 1512 with a plasma temperature of kT = 0.68 (0.31-0.87) keV and a 0.3-10 keV X-ray luminosity of 1.3 × 1038 erg s-1, after correcting for unresolved discrete sources. Based on observations obtained with XMM-Newton, an ESA science mission with instruments and

  1. Star Formation Models for the Dwarf Galaxies NGC 2915 and NGC 1705

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    Elson, E. C.; de Blok, W. J. G.; Kraan-Korteweg, R. C.

    2012-01-01

    Crucial to a quantitative understanding of galaxy evolution are the properties of the interstellar medium that regulate galactic-scale star formation activity. We present here the results of a suite of star formation models applied to the nearby blue compact dwarf galaxies NGC 2915 and NGC 1705. Each of these galaxies has a stellar disk embedded in a much larger, essentially starless H I disk. These atypical stellar morphologies allow for rigorous tests of star formation models that examine the effects on star formation of the H I, stellar, and dark matter mass components, as well as the kinematics of the gaseous and stellar disks. We use far-ultraviolet and 24 μm images from the Galaxy Evolution Explorer and the Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey, respectively, to map the spatial distribution of the total star formation rate surface density within each galaxy. New high-resolution H I line observations obtained with the Australia Telescope Compact Array are used to study the distribution and dynamics of each galaxy's neutral interstellar medium. The standard Toomre Q parameter is unable to distinguish between active and non-active star-forming regions, predicting the H I disks of the dwarfs to be sub-critical. Two-fluid instability models incorporating the stellar and dark matter components of each galaxy, in addition to the gaseous component, yield unstable portions of the inner disk. Finally, a formalization in which the H I kinematics are characterized by the rotational shear of the gas produces models that very accurately match the observations. This suggests the time available for perturbations to collapse in the presence of rotational shear to be an important factor governing galactic-scale star formation.

  2. STAR FORMATION MODELS FOR THE DWARF GALAXIES NGC 2915 AND NGC 1705

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    Elson, E. C.; De Blok, W. J. G.; Kraan-Korteweg, R. C.

    2012-01-15

    Crucial to a quantitative understanding of galaxy evolution are the properties of the interstellar medium that regulate galactic-scale star formation activity. We present here the results of a suite of star formation models applied to the nearby blue compact dwarf galaxies NGC 2915 and NGC 1705. Each of these galaxies has a stellar disk embedded in a much larger, essentially starless H I disk. These atypical stellar morphologies allow for rigorous tests of star formation models that examine the effects on star formation of the H I, stellar, and dark matter mass components, as well as the kinematics of the gaseous and stellar disks. We use far-ultraviolet and 24 {mu}m images from the Galaxy Evolution Explorer and the Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey, respectively, to map the spatial distribution of the total star formation rate surface density within each galaxy. New high-resolution H I line observations obtained with the Australia Telescope Compact Array are used to study the distribution and dynamics of each galaxy's neutral interstellar medium. The standard Toomre Q parameter is unable to distinguish between active and non-active star-forming regions, predicting the H I disks of the dwarfs to be sub-critical. Two-fluid instability models incorporating the stellar and dark matter components of each galaxy, in addition to the gaseous component, yield unstable portions of the inner disk. Finally, a formalization in which the H I kinematics are characterized by the rotational shear of the gas produces models that very accurately match the observations. This suggests the time available for perturbations to collapse in the presence of rotational shear to be an important factor governing galactic-scale star formation.

  3. The interstellar halo of spiral galaxies: NGC 891

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    Kulkarni, Shrinivas R.; Rand, R. J.; Hester, J. Jeff

    1990-01-01

    Researchers have detected the Warm Ionized Medium (WIM) phase in the galaxy NGC 891. They found that the radial distribution of the WIM follows the molecular or young star distribution - an expected dependence. The amount of the WIM in this galaxy exceeds that in our Galaxy. The major surprize is the large thickness of the WIM phase - about 9 kpc instead 3 kpc as in our Galaxy. Clearly, this is the most significant result of the observations. The presence of low ionization gas at high z as well as at large galactocentric radii (where young stars are rare) is an important clue to the origin of the halo and observations such as the one reported here provide important data on this crucial question. In particular, the ionization of gas at high absolute z implies that either the UV photons manage to escape from the disk of the galaxy or that the extragalactic UV background plays an important role. The bulk of the WIM in spiral galaxies is a result of star-formation activity and thus these results can be understood by invoking a high star formation rate in NGC 891. Only the concerted action of supernovae can get the gas to the large z-heights as is observed in this galaxy. Support for this view comes from our detection of many worms i.e., bits and pieces of supershells in the form of kilo-parsec long vertical filaments. Researchers also saw a 600-pc size supershell located nearly one kpc above the plane of the galaxy.

  4. Dynamical simulations of the interacting galaxies in the NGC 520/UGC 957 system

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    Stanford, S. A.; Balcells, Marc

    1991-01-01

    Numerical simulations of the interacting galaxies in the NGC 520/UGC 957 system are presented. Two sets of models were produced to investigate the postulated three-galaxy system of two colliding disk galaxies within NGC 520 and the dwarf galaxy UGC 957. The first set of models simulated a dwarf perturbing one-disk galaxy, which tested the possibility that NGC 520 contains only one galaxy disturbed by the passage of UGC 957. The resulting morphology of the perturbed single disk in the simulation fails to reproduce the observed tidal tails and northwest mass condensation of NGC 520. A second set of models simulated two colliding disks, which tested the hypothesis that NGC 520 itself contains two galaxies in a strong collision and UGC 957 is unimportant to the interaction. These disk-disk models produced a good match to the morphology of the present NGC 520. It is concluded that (1) NGC 520 contains two colliding disk galaxies which have produced the brighter southern half of the long tidal tail and (2) UGC 957, which may originally have been a satellite of one of the disk galaxies, formed the diffuse northern tail as it orbited NGC 520.

  5. Bipolar Nuclear Outflow from the Seyfert 1 Galaxy NGC 5548

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    Wrobel, J. M.

    1994-12-01

    The S0/Sa galaxy NGC 5548 hosts a Seyfert 1 nucleus. Echo mapping of its broad optical-line-emitting region yields a radial extent R <~ 20 light days = (1)/(60) pc, or 70 h microarcseonds for H_0 = 100 h km s(-1) Mpc(-1) (Peterson 1993). Using data from larger radii, what boundary conditions can be imposed on the geometry and velocity field of the broad line region? R <~ 1400 h(-1) pc: Bipolar radio continuum lobes straddle a central radio component in NGC 5548. These lobes, which emit optically-thin synchrotron radiation with a 4-cm power of 10(21) h(-2) W Hz(-1) , trace bipolar outflow from the nucleus (Wilson & Ulvestad 1982; Wrobel 1994). R <~ 720 h(-1) pc: The radio lobes of NGC 5548 share the elongation position angle of the [OIII] narrow-line gas, with the broadest known line widths occuring NW of the nucleus at these radii (Wilson et al. 1989). This hints that some narrow-line gas receives additional mechanical energy from the bipolar outflow feeding the radio lobes, a situation analogous to the narrow-line superbubble in NGC 3079 (Veilleux et al. 1994). R <~ 10 h(-1) pc: Blueshifted absorption in the broad CIV lines proves that some gas is flowing out of the nucleus of NGC 5548, with observed speeds of 1200 km s(-1) relative to systemic (Shull & Sachs 1993). This absorption line outflow may have, or be able to achieve, a bipolar shape via the disk-focusing scheme proposed for NGC 3079 (Duric & Seaquist 1988; Veilleux et al. 1994).

  6. A Multiwavelength Study of the Starburst Galaxy NGC 7771

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    Davies, Richard I.; Alonso-Herrero, Almudena; Ward, Martin J.

    1997-01-01

    We present a multiwavelength study of the interacting starburst galaxy NGC 7771, including new optical and ultra-violet spectra and a previously unpublished soft X-ray ROSAT image and spectrum. The far-infrared, radio, and X-ray fluxes suggest that a massive burst of star-formation is currently in progress but the small equivalent width of the Balmer emission lines (equivalent width H(alpha approximately equals 100 A), the weak UV flux, the low abundance of ionised oxygen, and the shape of the optical spectrum lead us to conclude that there are few 0 stars. This might normally suggest that star-formation has ceased but the galaxy's barred gravitational potential and large gas reserves imply that this should not be so, and we therefore consider other explanations. We argue that the observations cannot be due to effects of geometry, density bounded nebulae, or dust within the nebulae, and conclude that a truncated IMF is required. The dwarf galaxy NGC 7770 appears to be in the initial stages of a merger with NGC 7771, and the resulting tidal perturbations may have induced the apparent two-armed spiral pattern, and driven a substantial fraction of the disk gas inwards. The presence of a bulge in NGC 7771 may be moderating the starburst so that, while still occuring on a large scale with a supernova rate of 0.8-1/yr, it is less violent and the IMF has a relatively low upper mass limit. We find that there is a cluster of stars obscuring part of the starburst region, and we offer an explanation of its origin.

  7. H I Studies of the Sculptor Group Galaxies. III - NGC 55

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    Puche, Daniel; Carignan, Claude; Wainscoat, Richard J.

    1995-07-01

    A VLA HI map was made of NGC 55. In this study, there is a continuum map (ngc0055.con), an HI data cube (ngc0055.cub), and moment maps (ngc0055.m0 = total HI, ngc0055.m1 = velocity field, and ngc0055.m2 = second moment). These maps have been used in an extensive dynamical and kinematical study of the Sculptor Group galaxies. The images and related TeX file come from the NRAO CDROM "Images From the Radio Universe" (c. 1992 National Radio Astronomy Observatory, used with permission).

  8. NGC 404: A REJUVENATED LENTICULAR GALAXY ON A MERGER-INDUCED, BLUEWARD EXCURSION INTO THE GREEN VALLEY

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    Thilker, David A.; Bianchi, Luciana; Schiminovich, David; Gil de Paz, Armando; Wyder, Ted; Barlow, Tom; Conrow, Tim; Forster, Karl; Friedman, Peter; Martin, Chris; Morrissey, Patrick; Small, Todd; Rich, R. Michael; Yi, Sukyoung; Neff, Susan

    2010-05-01

    We have discovered recent star formation in the outermost portion ((1-4) x R {sub 25}) of the nearby lenticular (S0) galaxy NGC 404 using Galaxy Evolution Explorer UV imaging. FUV-bright sources are strongly concentrated within the galaxy's H I ring (formed by a merger event according to del RIo et al.), even though the average gas density is dynamically subcritical. Archival Hubble Space Telescope imaging reveals resolved upper main-sequence stars and conclusively demonstrates that the UV light originates from recent star formation activity. We present FUV, NUV radial surface brightness profiles, and integrated magnitudes for NGC 404. Within the ring, the average star formation rate (SFR) surface density ({Sigma}{sub SFR}) is {approx}2.2 x 10{sup -5} M {sub sun} yr{sup -1} kpc{sup -2}. Of the total FUV flux, 70% comes from the H I ring which is forming stars at a rate of 2.5 x 10{sup -3} M {sub sun} yr{sup -1}. The gas consumption timescale, assuming a constant SFR and no gas recycling, is several times the age of the universe. In the context of the UV-optical galaxy color-magnitude diagram, the presence of the star-forming H I ring places NGC 404 in the green valley separating the red and blue sequences. The rejuvenated lenticular galaxy has experienced a merger-induced, disk-building excursion away from the red sequence toward bluer colors, where it may evolve quiescently or (if appropriately triggered) experience a burst capable of placing it on the blue/star-forming sequence for up to {approx}1 Gyr. The green valley galaxy population is heterogeneous, with most systems transitioning from blue to red but others evolving in the opposite sense due to acquisition of fresh gas through various channels.

  9. Soft X-ray observations of the interacting galaxies NGC 1808 and NGC 1792

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    Dahlem, Michael; Hartner, Gisela D.; Junkes, Norbert

    1994-01-01

    The soft X-ray emission from both galaxies NGC 1808 and NGC 1792, which we investigated using the ROSAT HRI and Position Sensitive Proportional Counter (PSPC), comes most probably from X-ray binaries and/or from hot ionized gas in powerful supernovae and supernova remnants. The distribution of the soft X-ray emission in NGC 1808, which is very well correlated with the distribution of 'radio knots' in the central starburst, suggests that hot gas dominates the emission in the ROSAT band. This is consistent with the results of PSPC observations by Junkes et al. The total soft X-ray luminosity in the ROSAT band of NGC 1808 of 1.2 x 10(exp 41) ergs/s is relatively high compared with other nearby starburst galaxies. Soft X-ray emission of diffuse hot ionized gas that is associated with the outflow traced by the conspicuous dust filaments protruding from the plane has been detected. Its luminosity in the ROSAT band is greater than or equal to 3 x 10(exp 39) ergs/s, i.e., several percent of the total soft X-ray luminosity. Thus, NGC 1808 is another example for a 'superwind' galaxy. The soft X-ray radiation from NGC 1792 is more likely to be dominated by a population of high-mass X-ray binaries or young powerful supernovae which are associated with the high-level star formation going on in the very prominent H II regions along its spiral arms, with possibly an additional contribution of diffuse hot ionized gas. The soft X-ray luminosities of individual sources lie in the range of 5 x 10(exp 38) to 2.7 x 10(exp 39) ergs/s, thus exceeding by far the Eddington luminosity of an accreting neutron star. The peaks of some of these soft X-ray luminous sources are offset with respect to the H II regions by a few hundred parsecs. Accordingly, if the soft X-ray sources should originate from the H II regions, their relative velocities with respect to the ambient medium have to be as high as approximately 100 km/s.

  10. Dark matter deprivation in the field elliptical galaxy NGC 7507

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    Lane, Richard R.; Salinas, Ricardo; Richtler, Tom

    2015-02-01

    Context. Previous studies have shown that the kinematics of the field elliptical galaxy NGC 7507 do not necessarily require dark matter. This is troubling because, in the context of ΛCDM cosmologies, all galaxies should have a large dark matter component. Aims: Our aims are to determine the rotation and velocity dispersion profile out to larger radii than do previous studies, and, therefore, more accurately estimate of the dark matter content of the galaxy. Methods: We use penalised pixel-fitting software to extract velocities and velocity dispersions from GMOS slit mask spectra. Using Jeans and MONDian modelling, we then produce models with the goal of fitting the velocity dispersion data. Results: NGC 7507 has a two-component stellar halo, with the outer halo counter rotating with respect to the inner halo, with a kinematic boundary at a radius of ~110'' (~12.4 kpc). The velocity dispersion profile exhibits an increase at ~70'' (~7.9 kpc), reminiscent of several other elliptical galaxies. Our best fit models are those under mild anisotropy, which include ~100 times less dark matter than predicted by ΛCDM, although mildly anisotropic models that are completely dark matter free fit the measured dynamics almost equally well. Our MONDian models, both isotropic and anisotropic, systematically fail to reproduce the measured velocity dispersions at almost all radii. Conclusions: The counter-rotating outer halo implies a merger remnant, as does the increase in velocity dispersion at ~70''. From simulations it seems plausible that the merger that caused the increase in velocity dispersion was a spiral-spiral merger. Our Jeans models are completely consistent with a no dark matter scenario, however, some dark matter can be accommodated, although at much lower concentrations than predicted by ΛCDM simulations. This indicates that NGC 7507 may be a dark matter free elliptical galaxy. Regardless of whether NGC 7507 is completely dark matter free or very dark matter poor

  11. The distance to the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 5128

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    Rejkuba, M.

    2004-01-01

    The distance to NGC 5128, the central galaxy of the Centaurus group and the nearest giant elliptical to us, has been determined using two independent distance indicators: the Mira period-luminosity (PL) relation and the luminosity of the tip of the red giant branch (RGB). The data were taken at two different locations in the halo of NGC 5128 with the ISAAC near-IR array on ESO VLT. From more than 20 hours of observations with ISAAC a very deep Ks-band luminosity function was constructed. The tip of the RGB is detected at Ks=21.24 ± 0.05 mag. Using an empirical calibration of the K-band RGB tip magnitude, and assuming a mean metallicity of [M/ H]=-0.4 dex and reddening of E(B-V)=0.11, a distance modulus of NGC 5128 of (m-M)0=27.87 ± 0.16 was derived. The comparison of the H-band RGB tip magnitude in NGC 5128 and the Galactic Bulge implies a distance modulus of NGC 5128 of (m-M)0=27.9 ± 0.2 in good agreement with the K-band RGB tip measurement. The inner halo field has larger photometric errors, brighter completeness limits and a larger number of blends. Thus the RGB tip feature is not as sharp as in the outer halo field. The population of stars above the tip of the RGB amounts to 2176 stars in the outer halo field (Field 1) and 6072 stars in the inner halo field (Field 2). The large majority of these sources belong to the asymptotic giant branch (AGB) population in NGC 5128 with numerous long period variables. Mira variables were used to determine the distance of NGC 5128 from a period-luminosity relation calibrated using the Hipparcos parallaxes and LMC Mira period-luminosity relation in the K-band. This is the first Mira period-luminosity relation outside the Local Group. A distance modulus of 27.96 ± 0.11 was derived, adopting the LMC distance modulus of 18.50 ± 0.04. The mean of the two methods yields a distance modulus to NGC 5128 of 27.92 ± 0.19 corresponding to D=3.84 ± 0.35 Mpc. Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory

  12. A multi-wavelength view of the central kiloparsec region in the luminous infrared galaxy NGC 1614

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    Herrero-Illana, Rubén; Pérez-Torres, Miguel Á.; Alberdi, Antxon; Hernández-García, Lorena; Alonso-Herrero, Almudena; Colina, Luis; Efstathiou, Andreas; Miralles-Caballero, Daniel; Väisänen, Petri; Packham, Christopher C.; Rajpaul, Vinesh; Zijlstra, Albert A.

    2014-05-10

    The Luminous Infrared Galaxy NGC 1614 hosts a prominent circumnuclear ring of star formation. However, the nature of the dominant emitting mechanism in its central ∼100 pc is still under debate. We present sub-arcsecond angular resolution radio, mid-infrared, Paα, optical, and X-ray observations of NGC 1614, aimed at studying in detail both the circumnuclear ring and the nuclear region. The 8.4 GHz continuum emission traced by the Very Large Array and the Gemini/T-ReCS 8.7 μm emission, as well as the Paα line emission, show remarkable morphological similarities within the star-forming ring, suggesting that the underlying emission mechanisms are tightly related. We used a Hubble Space Telescope/NICMOS Paα map of similar resolution to our radio maps to disentangle the thermal free-free and non-thermal synchrotron radio emission, from which we obtained the intrinsic synchrotron power law for each individual region within the central kiloparsec of NGC 1614. The radio ring surrounds a relatively faint, steep-spectrum source at the very center of the galaxy, suggesting that the central source is not powered by an active galactic nucleus (AGN), but rather by a compact (r ≲ 90 pc) starburst (SB). Chandra X-ray data also show that the central kiloparsec region is dominated by SB activity, without requiring the existence of an AGN. We also used publicly available infrared data to model-fit the spectral energy distribution of both the SB ring and a putative AGN in NGC 1614. In summary, we conclude that there is no need to invoke an AGN to explain the observed bolometric properties of the galaxy.

  13. Mid-infrared dust in two nearby radio galaxies, NGC 1316 (Fornax A) and NGC 612 (PKS 0131-36)

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    Duah Asabere, B.; Horellou, C.; Jarrett, T. H.; Winkler, H.

    2016-07-01

    Context. Most radio galaxies are hosted by giant gas-poor ellipticals, but some contain significant amounts of dust, which is likely to be of external origin. Aims: In order to characterize the mid-IR properties of two of the most nearby and brightest merger-remnant radio galaxies of the Southern hemisphere, NGC 1316 (Fornax A) and NGC 612 (PKS 0131-36), we used observations with the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) at wavelengths of 3.4, 4.6, 12 and 22 μm and Spitzer mid-infrared spectra. Methods: By applying a resolution-enhancement technique, new WISE images were produced at angular resolutions ranging from 2.̋6 to 5.̋5. Global measurements were performed in the four WISE bands, and stellar masses and star-formation rates were estimated using published scaling relations. Two methods were used to uncover the distribution of dust, one relying on two-dimensional fits to the 3.4 μm images to model the starlight, and the other one using a simple scaling and subtraction of the 3.4 μm images to estimate the stellar continuum contribution to the emission in the 12 and 22 μm bands. Results: The two galaxies differ markedly in their mid-IR properties. The 3.4 μm brightness distribution can be well represented by the superposition of two Sérsic models in NGC 1316 and by a Sérsic model and an exponential disk in NGC 612. The WISE colors of NGC 1316 are typical of those of early-type galaxies; those of NGC 612 are in the range found for star-forming galaxies. From the 22 μm luminosity, we infer a star-formation rate of ~0.7 M⊙ yr-1 in NGC 1316 and ~7 M⊙ yr-1 in NGC 612. Spitzer spectroscopy shows that the 7.7-to-11.3 μm PAH line ratio is significantly lower in NGC 1316 than in NGC 612. The WISE images reveal resolved emission from dust in the central 1'-2' of the galaxies. In NGC 1316, the extra-nuclear emission coincides with two dusty regions NW and SE of the nucleus seen in extinction in optical images and where molecular gas is known to reside

  14. Interacting binary galaxies. III - Observations of NGC 1587/1588 and NGC 7236/7237

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    Borne, Kirk D.; Hoessel, John G.

    1988-07-01

    The catalog of isolated galaxy pairs prepared by Karachentsev has been culled for its E-E constituents, and the results are reported. Radial variations of rotation velocity and velocity dispersion are extracted from the spectroscopic data for each of the two galaxies of a given pair. Such observations are described for two Karachentsev pairs, Nos. 99 and 564. The observed disturbances in rotation velocity and luminosity distribution are discussed in terms of the gravitational interaction hypothesis. It is argued that observational evidence of tidal friction in action is evidenced by these findings. One of the highest rotation rates known for an E2 galaxy of average luminosity is found in NGC 1587, the brighter component of K99. Because this rotation is in the same sense as the binary orbital motion, the net angular momentum in this isolated binary system is large, challenging simple tidal torque theories to identify the source of the momentum.

  15. Interacting binary galaxies. III. Observations of NGC 1587/1588 and NGC 7236/7237

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    Borne, K.D.; Hoessel, J.G.

    1988-07-01

    The catalog of isolated galaxy pairs prepared by Karachentsev has been culled for its E-E constituents, and the results are reported. Radial variations of rotation velocity and velocity dispersion are extracted from the spectroscopic data for each of the two galaxies of a given pair. Such observations are described for two Karachentsev pairs, Nos. 99 and 564. The observed disturbances in rotation velocity and luminosity distribution are discussed in terms of the gravitational interaction hypothesis. It is argued that observational evidence of tidal friction in action is evidenced by these findings. One of the highest rotation rates known for an E2 galaxy of average luminosity is found in NGC 1587, the brighter component of K99. Because this rotation is in the same sense as the binary orbital motion, the net angular momentum in this isolated binary system is large, challenging simple tidal torque theories to identify the source of the momentum. 62 references.

  16. Far-infrared observations of Circinus and NGC 4945 galaxies

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    Bisht, R. S.; Ghosh, S. K.; Iyengar, K. V. K.; Rengarajan, T. N.; Tandon, S. N.; Verma, R. P.

    1990-01-01

    Circinus and NGC 4945 are two galaxies luminous in the infrared and are characterized by compact non thermal radio nuclei, deep silicate absorption features and unusually strong water vapor maser luminosities. Moorwood and Glass (1984) have observed these galaxies extensively in the 1 to 20 micron range. In the far-infrared, observations up to 100 microns are available from the Infrared Astronomy Satellite (IRAS). In order to study the cool dust component of these galaxies, researchers observed them at 150 microns using the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) 100 cm balloon-borne telescope. Here, they report observations along with deconvolved maps at 50 and 100 microns obtained from the Chopped Photometric Channel (CPC) on board IRAS.

  17. Cepheid Variables in the Maser-host Galaxy NGC 4258

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    Hoffmann, Samantha L.; Macri, Lucas M.

    2015-06-01

    We present results of a ground-based survey for Cepheid variables in NGC 4258. This galaxy plays a key role in the Extragalactic Distance Scale due to its very precise and accurate distance determination via very long baseline interferometry observations of water masers. We imaged two fields within this galaxy using the Gemini North telescope and the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph, obtaining 16 epochs of data in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey gri bands over 4 yr. We carried out point-spread function photometry and detected 94 Cepheids with periods between 7 and 127 days, as well as an additional 215 variables which may be Cepheids or Population II pulsators. We used the Cepheid sample to test the absolute calibration of theoretical gri Period-Luminosity relations and found good agreement with the maser distance to this galaxy. The expected data products from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope should enable Cepheid searches out to at least 10 Mpc.

  18. The Discovery of Globular Clusters in the Protospiral Galaxy NGC 2915: Implications for Hierarchical Galaxy Evolution

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    Meurer, Gerhardt R.; Blakeslee, J. P.; Sirianni, M.; Ford, H. C.; Illingworth, G. D.; Benítez, N.; Clampin, M.; Menanteau, F.; Tran, H. D.; Kimble, R. A.; Hartig, G. F.; Ardila, D. R.; Bartko, F.; Bouwens, R. J.; Broadhurst, T. J.; Brown, R. A.; Burrows, C. J.; Cheng, E. S.; Cross, N. J. G.; Feldman, P. D.; Golimowski, D. A.; Gronwall, C.; Infante, L.; Krist, J. E.; Lesser, M. P.; Martel, A. R.; Miley, G. K.; Postman, M.; Rosati, P.; Sparks, W. B.; Tsvetanov, Z. I.; White, R. L.; Zheng, W.

    2003-12-01

    We have discovered three globular clusters beyond the Holmberg radius in Hubble Space Telescope Advanced Camera for Surveys images of the gas-rich dark matter-dominated blue compact dwarf galaxy NGC 2915. The clusters, all of which start to resolve into stars, have MV606=-8.9 to -9.8 mag, significantly brighter than the peak of the luminosity function of Milky Way globular clusters. Their colors suggest a metallicity [Fe/H]~-1.9 dex, typical of metal-poor Galactic globular clusters. The specific frequency of clusters is at a minimum normal, compared to spiral galaxies. However, since only a small portion of the system has been surveyed, it is more likely that the luminosity and mass normalized cluster content is higher, like that seen in elliptical galaxies and galaxy clusters. This suggests that NGC 2915 resembles a key phase in the early hierarchical assembly of galaxies-the epoch when much of the old stellar population has formed but little of the stellar disk. Depending on the subsequent interaction history, such systems could go on to build up larger elliptical galaxies, evolve into normal spirals, or in rare circumstances remain suspended in their development to become systems like NGC 2915.

  19. Reverberation mapping of the Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 7469

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    Peterson, B. M.; Grier, C. J.; Pogge, R. W.; De Rosa, G.; Denney, K. D.; Martini, Paul; Zu, Y.; Kochanek, C. S.; Shappee, B.; Araya Salvo, C.; Beatty, T. G.; Bird, J. C.; Horne, Keith; Bentz, M. C.; Sergeev, S. G.; Borman, G. A.; Minezaki, T.; Siverd, R. J.; Bord, D. J.; and others

    2014-11-10

    A large reverberation-mapping study of the Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 7469 has yielded emission-line lags for Hβ λ4861 and He II λ4686 and a central black hole mass measurement M {sub BH} ≈ 1 × 10{sup 7} M {sub ☉}, consistent with previous measurements. A very low level of variability during the monitoring campaign precluded meeting our original goal of recovering velocity-delay maps from the data, but with the new Hβ measurement, NGC 7469 is no longer an outlier in the relationship between the size of the Hβ-emitting broad-line region and the luminosity of the active galactic nucleus. It was necessary to detrend the continuum and Hβ and He II λ4686 line light curves and those from archival UV data for different time-series analysis methods to yield consistent results.

  20. A spectroscopic analysis of the starburst galaxies NGC 3395 and NGC 3396

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    Plaks, Kenneth

    2003-11-01

    We have obtained ultraviolet and visible wavelength spectra of 31 bright star forming knots in the interacting galaxies NGC 3395 and NGC 3396 using the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) on the Hubble Space Telescope. The knots are possible super star clusters on the order of ˜100 pc diameter with measured metallicities on the order of 0.5 0.6 Z⊙ . The spectra are consistent with a massive production of hot young stars in a starburst. Ages of the starburst knots were calculated using several diagnostics from the Leitherer et al. Starburst 99 code (SB99) using an Initial Mass Function (IMF) with a power law coefficient α = 2.35 and an upper mass limit of 100 M⊙ . We modeled our star forming knots as instantaneous starbursts with the measured metallicity and we obtained consistent and reasonable estimates of the starburst age. The UV-brightest knots are ˜5 Myr old in both galaxies. We found no age gradient in the galaxies implying the starburst does not propagate across the galaxy but rather occurs simultaneously everywhere. The data are also consistent with the interpretation that the starburst is not only happening more or less simultaneously within each galaxy, it is also occurring simultaneously in both galaxies. If true, the fact that it is occurring simultaneously in both galaxies gives credence to the interaction being the source of the star formation in line with current theory. While our starforming knots were spatially resolved, at high redshift one cannot resolve individual knots and instead has to rely on spatially unresolved spectra. To assess the representativeness of these spectra of the underlying structure, we simulated the spectra one would observe by defining the entire portion of each galaxy observed as an unresolved knot. We found the metallicities for the unresolved knots were very representative of the resolved knots that made them up. We also found that the ages we derived for the unresolved knots were representative of the

  1. Observations of CO in the Magellanic irregular galaxy NGC 55

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    Heithausen, Andreas; Dettmar, Ralf-Juergen

    1990-01-01

    The content of molecular gas in galaxies, mainly H2, is one of the key observations necessary for the understanding of star formation processes and history. As the CO molecule is the most widely distributed molecule after H2 and has easily observable mm lines, it is used as a tracer for the molecular gas. CO was detected towards the direction where the H alpha and 6 cm radio continuum emission is strongest (Hummel et al. 1986). Here, researchers present the Gaussian line parameters in tabular form. The distribution of CO corresponds well with the intense HI cloud near the bar of NGC 55. The extent of the CO cloud is about 975 pc perpendicular to the major axis. As the radio continuum and the H alpha emission also peaks in this region, it is most probably associated with the star forming region in NGC 55. Assuming that the molecular gas is in virial equilibrium, researchers derive a mass of about 8 times 10(exp 7) solar magnitude. The molecular mass found indicates that the conversion factor for the molecular mass in Irr galaxies as inferred from CO line emission is indeed higher by up to a factor of 20 compared to the canonical value for the Galaxy.

  2. Excess Submillimeter Emission in the Starburst Galaxy NGC 3310?

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    Zhu, M.; Papadopoulos, P. P.; Xilouris, M.; Kuno, N.; Lisenfeld, U.

    2011-10-01

    We present a new observational study of the gas and dust properties in the starburst galaxy NGC 3310, whose bulk interstellar medium (ISM) resides in environments that mark (and bracket) the excitation extremes of the ISM conditions found in infrared luminous galaxies (Zhu et al. 2009). One of our major findings is that the dust emission spectrum in NGC 3310 shows a pronounced submillimeter “excess”. We tried to fit this excess by a cold dust component but very low temperatures were required (Tc ˜ 5-11 K) with a correspondingly low gas-to-dust mass ratio of 5-43. We furthermore show that it is not possible to maintain the large quantities of dust required at these low temperatures in this starburst galaxy. Instead, we conclude that the dust properties need to be different from Galactic dust in order to fit the submillimeter “excess”. We show that the dust spectral energy distribution can be fitted by an enhanced abundance of very small grains and discuss different alternatives.

  3. Investigating the Nuclear Activity of Barred Spiral Galaxies: The Case of NGC 1672

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    Jenkins, L. P.; Brandt, W. N.; Colbert, E. J.; Koribalski, B.; Kuntz, K. D.; Levan, A. J.; Ojha, R.; Roberts, T. P.; Ward, M. J.; Zezas, A.

    2011-01-01

    We have performed an X-ray study of the nearby barred spiral galaxy NGC 1672, primarily to ascertain the effect of the bar on its nuclear activity. We use both Chandra and XMM-Newton observations to investigate its X-ray properties, together with supporting high-resolution optical imaging data from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) infrared imaging from the Spitzer Space Telescope, and Australia Telescope Compact Array ground-based radio data. We detect 28 X-ray sources within the D25 area of the galaxy; many are spatially correlated with star formation in the bar and spiral arms, and two are identified as background galaxies in the HST images. Nine of the X-ray sources are ultraluminous X-ray sources, with the three brightest (LX 5 * 10(exp 39) erg s(exp -1)) located at the ends of the bar. With the spatial resolution of Chandra, we are able to show for the first time that NGC 1672 possesses a hard (1.5) nuclear X-ray source with a 2-10 keV luminosity of 4 * 10(exp 38) erg s(exp -1). This is surrounded by an X-ray-bright circumnuclear star-forming ring, comprised of point sources and hot gas, which dominates the 2-10 keV emission in the central region of the galaxy. The spatially resolved multiwavelength photometry indicates that the nuclear source is a low-luminosity active galactic nucleus (LLAGN), but with star formation activity close to the central black hole. A high-resolution multiwavelength survey is required to fully assess the impact of both large-scale bars and smaller-scale phenomena such as nuclear bars, rings, and nuclear spirals on the fueling of LLAGN.

  4. THE MAGNETIC FIELD OF THE IRREGULAR GALAXY NGC 4214

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    Kepley, Amanda A.; Zweibel, Ellen G.; Wilcots, Eric M.; Johnson, Kelsey E.; Robishaw, Timothy E-mail: zweibel@astro.wisc.edu E-mail: kej7a@virginia.edu

    2011-08-01

    We examine the magnetic field in NGC 4214, a nearby irregular galaxy, using multi-wavelength radio continuum polarization data from the Very Large Array. We find that the global radio continuum spectrum shows signs that free-free absorption and/or synchrotron losses may be important. The 3 cm radio continuum morphology is similar to that of the H{alpha} while the 20 cm emission is more diffuse. We estimate that 50% of the radio continuum emission in the center of the galaxy is thermal. Our estimate of the magnetic field strength is 30 {+-} 9.5 {mu}G in the center and 10 {+-} 3 {mu}G at the edges. We find that the hot gas, magnetic, and the gravitational pressures are all the same order of magnitude. Inside the central star-forming regions, we find that the thermal and turbulent pressures of the H II regions dominate the pressure balance. We do not detect any significant polarization on size scales greater than 200 pc. We place an upper limit of 8 {mu}G on the uniform field strength in this galaxy. We suggest that the diffuse synchrotron region, seen to the north of the main body of emission at 20 cm, is elongated due to a uniform magnetic field with a maximum field strength of 7.6 {mu}G. We find that, while the shear in NGC 4214 is comparable to that of the Milky Way, the supernova rate is half that of the Milky Way and suggest that the star formation episode in NGC 4214 needs additional time to build up enough turbulence to drive an {alpha}-{omega} dynamo.

  5. Stellar Clusters Forming in the Blue Dwarf Galaxy NGC 5253

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    2004-11-01

    Star formation is one of the most basic phenomena in the Universe. Inside stars, primordial material from the Big Bang is processed into heavier elements that we observe today. In the extended atmospheres of certain types of stars, these elements combine into more complex systems like molecules and dust grains, the building blocks for new planets, stars and galaxies and, ultimately, for life. Violent star-forming processes let otherwise dull galaxies shine in the darkness of deep space and make them visible to us over large distances. Star formation begins with the collapse of the densest parts of interstellar clouds, regions that are characterized by comparatively high concentration of molecular gas and dust like the Orion complex (ESO PR Photo 20/04) and the Galactic Centre region (ESO Press Release 26/03). Since this gas and dust are products of earlier star formation, there must have been an early epoch when they did not yet exist. But how did the first stars then form? Indeed, to describe and explain "primordial star formation" - without molecular gas and dust - is a major challenge in modern Astrophysics. A particular class of relatively small galaxies, known as "Blue Dwarf Galaxies", possibly provide nearby and contemporary examples of what may have occurred in the early Universe during the formation of the first stars. These galaxies are poor in dust and heavier elements. They contain interstellar clouds which, in some cases, appear to be quite similar to those primordial clouds from which the first stars were formed. And yet, despite the relative lack of the dust and molecular gas that form the basic ingredients for star formation as we know it from the Milky Way, those Blue Dwarf Galaxies sometimes harbour very active star-forming regions. Thus, by studying those areas, we may hope to better understand the star-forming processes in the early Universe. Very active star formation in NGC 5253 NGC 5253 is one of the nearest of the known Blue Dwarf Galaxies

  6. Stellar counter-rotation in lenticular galaxy NGC 448

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    Katkov, Ivan Yu.; Sil'chenko, Olga K.; Chilingarian, Igor V.; Uklein, Roman I.; Egorov, Oleg V.

    2016-09-01

    The counter-rotation phenomenon in disc galaxies directly indicates a complex galaxy assembly history which is crucial for our understanding of galaxy physics. Here, we present the complex data analysis for a lenticular galaxy NGC 448, which has been recently suspected to host a counter-rotating stellar component. We collected deep long-slit spectroscopic observations using the Russian 6-m telescope and performed the photometric decomposition of Sloan Digital Sky Survey archival images. We exploited (i) a non-parametric approach in order to recover stellar line-of-sight velocity distributions and (ii) a parametric spectral decomposition technique in order to disentangle stellar population properties of both main and counter-rotating stellar discs. Our spectral decomposition stays in perfect agreement with the photometric analysis. The counter-rotating component contributes ≈30 per cent to the total galaxy light. We estimated its stellar mass to be 9.0^{+2.7}_{-1.8}× 109 M_{⊙}. The radial scalelength of counter-rotating disc is ≈3 times smaller than that of the main disc. Both discs harbour old stars but the counter-rotating components reveal a detectable negative age gradient that might suggest an extended inside-out formation during 3…4 Gyr. The counter-rotating disc hosts more metal-rich stars and possesses a shallower metallicity gradient with respect to the main disc. Our findings rule out cosmological filaments as a source of external accretion which is considered as a potential mechanism of the counter-rotating component formation in NGC 448, and favour the satellite merger event with the consequent slow gas accretion.

  7. PHOTODISSOCIATION CHEMISTRY FOOTPRINTS IN THE STARBURST GALAXY NGC 253

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    MartIn, Sergio; MartIn-Pintado, J.; Viti, S.

    2009-12-01

    UV radiation from massive stars is thought to be the dominant heating mechanism of the nuclear interstellar medium (ISM) in the late stages of evolution of starburst galaxies, creating large photodissociation regions (PDRs) and driving a very specific chemistry. We report the first detection of PDR molecular tracers, namely HOC{sup +} and CO{sup +}, and also confirm the detection of the PDR tracer HCO toward the starburst galaxy NGC 253, claimed to be mainly dominated by shock heating and in an earlier stage of evolution than M 82, the prototypical extragalactic PDR. Our CO{sup +} detection suffers from significant blending to a group of transitions of {sup 13}CH{sub 3}OH, tentatively detected for the first time in the extragalactic ISM. These species are efficiently formed in the highly UV-irradiated outer layers of molecular clouds, as observed in the late stage nuclear starburst in M 82. The molecular abundance ratios we derive for these molecules are very similar to those found in M 82. This strongly supports the idea that these molecules are tracing the PDR component associated with the starburst in the nuclear region of NGC 253. The presence of large abundances of PDR molecules in the ISM of NGC 253, which is dominated by shock chemistry, clearly illustrates the potential of chemical complexity studies to establish the evolutionary state of starbursts in galaxies. A comparison with the predictions of chemical models for PDRs shows that the observed molecular ratios are tracing the outer layers of UV-illuminated clouds up to two magnitudes of visual extinction. We combine the column densities of PDR tracers reported in this paper with those of easily photodissociated species, such as HNCO, to derive the fraction of material in the well-shielded core relative to the UV-pervaded envelopes. Chemical models, which include grain formation and photodissociation of HNCO, support the scenario of a photo-dominated chemistry as an explanation to the abundances of the

  8. The Warm Absorber of the Seyfert Galaxy NGC 5548

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    Andrade, M.; Krongold, Y.; Elvis, M.; Nicastro, F.; Binette, L.; Brickhouse, N.

    2008-04-01

    We present a spectral analysis of the X-ray Chandraof the Seyfert 1 Galaxy NGC 5548. The warm absorber present in this object was modeled with the code PHASE. We detected two different outflow velocity systems in this source. One of the absorbing systems has outflow velocity of -1091+/-63 km s(-1) and the other of -568+/-49 km s(-1) . Each system required two absorption components with different ionization level to fit the observed features. Each velocity system may consist of a multi-phase medium.

  9. Hydrodynamic models of the Cartwheel ring galaxy

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    Struck-Marcell, Curtis; Higdon, James L.

    1993-01-01

    A series of increasingly sophisticated models of the Cartwheel ring galaxy is studied in order to test the collisional model for the galaxy formation and examine the star formation processes in this unique environment, using new data acquired in the last decade. The simulations provided some possible answers to a number of questions about the Cartwheel. First, an explanation for the wide spacing between inner and outer rings is suggested by the simple epicyclic kinematics within the dark matter-dominated potential implied by H I rotation curve. These models and the kinematic model of Struck-Marcell and Lotan (1990) also predict that the outer ring should be relatively weak, while the second inner ring should be stronger, with a dense orbit-crossing region of significant width bounded by sharp, caustic edges. The collisional model is given support by the agreement between the observations and the morphological and kinematic properties of the numerical simulations presented.

  10. Exploring the mass assembly of the early-type disc galaxy NGC 3115 with MUSE

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    Guérou, A.; Emsellem, E.; Krajnović, D.; McDermid, R. M.; Contini, T.; Weilbacher, P. M.

    2016-07-01

    We present MUSE integral field spectroscopic data of the S0 galaxy NGC 3115 obtained during the instrument commissioning at the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT). We analyse the galaxy stellar kinematics and stellar populations and present two-dimensional maps of their associated quantities. We thus illustrate the capacity of MUSE to map extra-galactic sources to large radii in an efficient manner, i.e. ~4 Re, and provide relevant constraints on its mass assembly. We probe the well-known set of substructures of NGC 3115 (nuclear disc, stellar rings, outer kpc-scale stellar disc, and spheroid) and show their individual associated signatures in the MUSE stellar kinematics and stellar populations maps. In particular, we confirm that NGC 3115 has a thin fast-rotating stellar disc embedded in a fast-rotating spheroid, and that these two structures show clear differences in their stellar age and metallicity properties. We emphasise an observed correlation between the radial stellar velocity, V, and the Gauss-Hermite moment, h3, which creates a butterfly shape in the central 15'' of the h3 map. We further detect the previously reported weak spiral- and ring-like structures, and find evidence that these features can be associated with regions of younger mean stellar ages. We provide tentative evidence for the presence of a bar, although the V-h3 correlation can be reproduced by a simple axisymmetric dynamical model. Finally, we present a reconstruction of the two-dimensional star formation history of NGC 3115 and find that most of its current stellar mass was formed at early epochs (>12 Gyr ago), while star formation continued in the outer (kpc-scale) stellar disc until recently. Since z ~2 and within ~4 Re, we suggest that NGC 3115 has been mainly shaped by secular processes. The images of the derived parameters in FITS format and the reduced datacube are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (http://130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc

  11. Nuclear Rings in Galaxies - A Kinematic Perspective

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    Mazzuca, Lisa M.; Swaters, Robert A.; Knapen, Johan H.; Veilleux, Sylvain

    2011-01-01

    We combine DensePak integral field unit and TAURUS Fabry-Perot observations of 13 nuclear rings to show an interconnection between the kinematic properties of the rings and their resonant origin. The nuclear rings have regular and symmetric kinematics, and lack strong non-circular motions. This symmetry, coupled with a direct relationship between the position angles and ellipticities of the rings and those of their host galaxies, indicate the rings are in the same plane as the disc and are circular. From the rotation curves derived, we have estimated the compactness (v(sup 2)/r) up to the turnover radius, which is where the nuclear rings reside. We find that there is evidence of a correlation between compactness and ring width and size. Radially wide rings are less compact, and thus have lower mass concentration. The compactness increases as the ring width decreases. We also find that the nuclear ring size is dependent on the bar strength, with weaker bars allowing rings of any size to form.

  12. The flaring Hi disk of the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 2683

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    Vollmer, B.; Nehlig, F.; Ibata, R.

    2016-02-01

    New deep VLA D array Hi observations of the highly inclined nearby spiral galaxy NGC 2683 are presented. Archival C array data were processed and added to the new observations. To investigate the 3D structure of the atomic gas disk, we made different 3D models for which we produced model Hi data cubes. The main ingredients of our best-fit model are (i) a thin disk inclined by 80°; (ii) a crude approximation of a spiral and/or bar structure by an elliptical surface density distribution of the gas disk; (iii) a slight warp in inclination between 10 kpc ≤ R ≤ 20 kpc (decreasing by 10°); (iv) an exponential flare that rises from 0.5 kpc at R = 9 kpc to 4 kpc at R = 15 kpc, stays constant until R = 22 kpc, and decreases its height for R> 22 kpc; and (v) a low surface-density gas ring with a vertical offset of 1.3 kpc. The slope of NGC 2683's flare is comparable, but somewhat steeper than those of other spiral galaxies. NGC 2683's maximum height of the flare is also comparable to those of other galaxies. On the other hand, a saturation of the flare is only observed in NGC 2683. Based on the comparison between the high resolution model and observations, we exclude the existence of an extended atomic gas halo around the optical and thin gas disk. Under the assumption of vertical hydrostatic equilibrium we derive the vertical velocity dispersion of the gas. The high turbulent velocity dispersion in the flare can be explained by energy injection by (i) supernovae; (ii) magneto-rotational instabilities; (iii) interstellar medium stirring by dark matter substructure; or (iv) external gas accretion. The existence of the complex large-scale warping and asymmetries favors external gas accretion as one of the major energy sources that drives turbulence in the outer gas disk. We propose a scenario where this external accretion leads to turbulent adiabatic compression that enhances the turbulent velocity dispersion and might quench star formation in the outer gas disk of NGC

  13. AKARI observations of dust processing in merger galaxies: NGC2782 and NGC7727

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    Onaka, Takashi; Nakamura, Tomohiko; Sakon, Itsuki; Ohsawa, Ryou; Mori, Tamami; Wu, Ronin; Kaneda, Hidehiro

    2015-08-01

    Dust grains are the major reservoir of heavy elements and play significant roles in the thermal balance and chemistry in the interstellar medium. Where dust grains are formed and how they evolve in the ISM are one of the key issues for the understanding of the material evolution in the Universe. Although theoretical studies have been made, very little is so far known observationally about the lifecycle of dust grains in the ISM and that associated with Galactic scale events. The lifecycle of very small carbonaceous grains that contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) or PAH-like atomic groups are of particular interest because they emit distinct band emission in the near- to mid-infrared region and they are thought to be most vulnerable to environmental conditions. PAHs may be formed in carbon-rich stars, while recent AKARI observations suggest that they may be formed by fragmentation of large carbonaceous grains in shocks in a supernova remnant or a galactic wind (Onaka et al. 2010, A&A, 514, 15; Seok et al. 2012, ApJ, 744, 160).Here we report results of AKARI observations of two mergers. NGC2782 (Arp 215) and NGC7727 (Arp 222). NGC2782 is a merger of 200Myr old. It shows a very long western tail of HI gas by a tidal interaction and the eastern tail that consists mainly of stellar components without an appreciable amount of gas and is thought to be a relic of the colliding low-mass galaxy whose gas component has been stripped off Smith 1994, AJ, 107, 1695. We found significant emission at the 7 μm band of the IRC onboard AKARI, which must come from PAH 6.2 and 7.7 μm bands, in the eastern tail. Based on dust model fitting, we found a low abundance of ~10nm size dust despite of the presence of PAHs, suggesting that PAHs may be formed from fragmentation of ~10nm carbonaceous dust grains. NGC7727 is a 1.2Gyr old merger and shows a SED similar to the NGC2782 tail in the northern tail of the merger event product, suggesting also the formation of PAHs from

  14. ACA [CI] observations of the starburst galaxy NGC 253

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    Krips, M.; Martín, S.; Sakamoto, K.; Aalto, S.; Bisbas, T. G.; Bolatto, A. D.; Downes, D.; Eckart, A.; Feruglio, Ch.; García-Burillo, S.; Geach, J.; Greve, T. R.; König, S.; Matsushita, S.; Neri, R.; Offner, S.; Peck, A. B.; Viti, S.; Wagg, J.

    2016-07-01

    Context. Carbon monoxide (CO) is widely used as a tracer of the molecular gas in almost all types of environments. However, several shortcomings of CO complicate usaging it as H2 tracer, such as its optical depth effects, the dependence of its abundance on metallicity, or its susceptibility to dissociation in highly irradiated regions. Neutral carbon emission has been proposed to overcome some of these shortcomings and hence to help revealing the limits of CO as a measure of the molecular gas. Aims: We aim to study the general characteristics of the spatially and spectrally resolved carbon line emission in a variety of extragalactic sources and evaluate its potential as complementary H2 tracer to CO. Methods: We used the Atacama Compact Array to map the [CI](3P1-3P0) line emission in the nearby starburst galaxy NGC 253 at unprecedented angular resolution (~3''). This is the first well-resolved interferometric [CI] map of an extragalactic source. Results: We have detected the [CI] line emission at high significance levels along the central disk of NGC 253 and its edges where expanding shells have previously been found in CO. Globally, the distribution of the [CI] line emission strongly resembles that of CO, confirming the results of previous Galactic surveys that [CI] traces the same molecular gas as CO. However, we also identify a significant increase of [CI] line emission with respect to CO in (some of) the outflow or shocked regions of NGC 253, namely the bipolar outflow emerging from the nucleus. A first-order estimate of the [CI] column densities indicates abundances of [CI] that are very similar to the abundance of CO in NGC 253. Interestingly, we find that the [CI] line is marginally optically thick within the disk. Conclusions: The enhancement of the [CI]/CO line ratios (~0.4-0.6) with respect to Galactic values (≤0.1), especially in the shocked regions of NGC 253, clearly indicates that mechanical perturbation such as shocks and the strong radiation

  15. Discovery of GeV emission from the direction of the luminous infrared galaxy NGC 2146

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    Tang, Qing-Wen; Wang, Xiang-Yu; Thomas Tam, Pak-Hin E-mail: phtam@phys.nthu.edu.tw

    2014-10-10

    Recent detections of high-energy gamma-ray emission from starburst galaxies M82 and NGC 253 suggest that starburst galaxies are huge reservoirs of cosmic rays and these cosmic rays convert a significant fraction of their energy into gamma-rays by colliding with the dense interstellar medium. In this paper, we report the search for high-energy gamma-ray emission from several nearby star-forming and starburst galaxies using the 68 month data obtained with the Fermi Large Area Telescope. We found a ∼5.5σ detection of gamma-ray emission above 200 MeV from a source spatially coincident with the location of the luminous infrared galaxy NGC 2146. Also taking into account the temporal and spectral properties of the gamma-ray emission, we suggest that the gamma-ray source is likely to be the counterpart of NGC 2146. The gamma-ray luminosity suggests that cosmic rays in NGC 2146 convert most of their energy into secondary pions, so NGC 2146 is a 'proton calorimeter'. It is also found that NGC 2146 obeys the quasi-linear scaling relation between gamma-ray luminosity and total infrared luminosity for star-forming galaxies, strengthening the connection between massive star formation and gamma-ray emission of star-forming galaxies. Possible TeV emission from NGC 2146 is predicted and the implications for high-energy neutrino emission from starburst galaxies are discussed.

  16. A violent interaction between the dwarf galaxy UGC 7636 and the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 4472

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    Mcnamara, Brian R.; Sancisi, Renzo; Henning, Patricia A.; Junor, William

    1994-01-01

    We present new U, B, R, and H I imagery of the Virgo Cluster giant elliptical galaxy NGC 4472 and its interacting dwarf companion galaxy UGC 7636. Using a composite image reconstruction technique, we show that a trail of debris approx. 5 arcmin in length and approx. 1 arcmin in width (30x6 kpc for a Virgo cluster distance of 20 Mpc) is projected northward from the dwarf galaxy. A cloud of H I is projected along the northwest edge of the debris between the dwarf and gE. The dwarf's nuclear morphology is irregular and bow-shaped on what appears to be its leading edge. Apart from a number of isolated blue regions, most of of the trailing debris is similar in color to the dwarf's nucleus. Only a modest enhancement of star formation appears to have been induced by the interaction. Although separated by 15 kpc, the H I and stellar morphologies are remarkably similar. The stars and H I appear to have been tidally distorted in situ, prior to the cloud's removal by ram pressure. If the H I has maintained its shape by magnetic support, a magnetic field strength an order of magnitude larger than the galaxy's is required. Ram pressure deceleration due to the cloud's motion through NGC 4472's x-ray-emitting interstellar medium shold be sufficient for the cloud to become gravitationally bound to NGC 4472. The H I cloud is not self-gravitating and may fragment and be destroyed in the interaction. UGC 7636 will probably be disrupted by NGC 4472's strong tidal forces; the stellar debris will disperse into the Virgo cluster or become bound to NGC 4472's halo on eccentric orbits. The debris captured in the collision will have a negligible impact on NGC 4472's stellar and gaseous content. On the other hand, if similar interactions are common in giant elliptical galaxies, they could alter or deplete surrounding dwarf galaxy populations, fuel bursts of nuclear activity, and perhaps provide a source of magnetic energy to their interstellar media.

  17. A violent interaction between the dwarf galaxy UGC 7636 and the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 4472

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    McNamara, Brian R.; Sancisi, Renzo; Henning, Patricia A.; Junor, William

    1994-09-01

    We present new U, B, R, and H I imagery of the Virgo Cluster giant elliptical galaxy NGC 4472 and its interacting dwarf companion galaxy UGC 7636. Using a composite image reconstruction technique, we show that a trail of debris approx. 5 arcmin in length and approx. 1 arcmin in width (30x6 kpc for a Virgo cluster distance of 20 Mpc) is projected northward from the dwarf galaxy. A cloud of H I is projected along the northwest edge of the debris between the dwarf and gE. The dwarf's nuclear morphology is irregular and bow-shaped on what appears to be its leading edge. Apart from a number of isolated blue regions, most of of the trailing debris is similar in color to the dwarf's nucleus. Only a modest enhancement of star formation appears to have been induced by the interaction. Although separated by 15 kpc, the H I and stellar morphologies are remarkably similar. The stars and H I appear to have been tidally distorted in situ, prior to the cloud's removal by ram pressure. If the H I has maintained its shape by magnetic support, a magnetic field strength an order of magnitude larger than the galaxy's is required. Ram pressure deceleration due to the cloud's motion through NGC 4472's x-ray-emitting interstellar medium should be sufficient for the cloud to become gravitationally bound to NGC 4472. The H I cloud is not self-gravitating and may fragment and be destroyed in the interaction. UGC 7636 will probably be disrupted by NGC 4472's strong tidal forces; the stellar debris will disperse into the Virgo cluster or become bound to NGC 4472's halo on eccentric orbits. The debris captured in the collision will have a negligible impact on NGC 4472's stellar and gaseous content. On the other hand, if similar interactions are common in giant elliptical galaxies, they could alter or deplete surrounding dwarf galaxy populations, fuel bursts of nuclear activity, and perhaps provide a source of magnetic energy to their interstellar media.

  18. A supernova distance to the anchor galaxy NGC 4258

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    Polshaw, J.; Kotak, R.; Chambers, K. C.; Smartt, S. J.; Taubenberger, S.; Kromer, M.; Gall, E. E. E.; Hillebrandt, W.; Huber, M.; Smith, K. W.; Wainscoat, R. J.

    2015-08-01

    The fortuitous occurrence of a type II-Plateau (IIP) supernova, SN 2014bc, in a galaxy for which distance estimates from a number of primary distance indicators are available provides a means with which to cross-calibrate the standardised candle method (SCM) for type IIP SNe. By applying calibrations from the literature we find distance estimates in line with the most precise measurement to NGC 4258 based on the Keplerian motion of masers (7.6 ± 0.23 Mpc), albeit with significant scatter. We provide an alternative local SCM calibration by only considering type IIP SNe that have occurred in galaxies for which a Cepheid distance estimate is available. We find a considerable reduction in scatter (σI = 0.16 mag), but note that the current sample size is limited. Applying this calibration, we estimate a distance to NGC 4258 of 7.08 ± 0.86 Mpc. Appendix A is available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  19. Globular Cluster Systems in Brightest Cluster Galaxies. II. NGC 6166

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    Harris, William E.; Blakeslee, John P.; Whitmore, Bradley C.; Gnedin, Oleg Y.; Geisler, Douglas; Rothberg, Barry

    2016-01-01

    We present new deep photometry of the globular cluster system (GCS) around NGC 6166, the central supergiant galaxy in Abell 2199. Hubble Space Telescope data from the Advanced Camera for Surveys and WFC3 cameras in F475W and F814W are used to determine the spatial distribution of the GCS, its metallicity distribution function (MDF), and the dependence of the MDF on galactocentric radius and on GC luminosity. The MDF is extremely broad, with the classic red and blue subpopulations heavily overlapped, but a double-Gaussian model can still formally match the MDF closely. The spatial distribution follows a Sérsic-like profile detectably to a projected radius of at least Rgc = 250 kpc. To that radius, the total number of clusters in the system is NGC = 39000 ± 2000, the global specific frequency is SN = 11.2 ± 0.6, and 57% of the total are blue, metal-poor clusters. The GCS may fade smoothly into the intracluster medium (ICM) of A2199; we see no clear transition from the core of the galaxy to the cD halo or the ICM. The radial distribution, projected ellipticity, and mean metallicity of the red (metal-richer) clusters match the halo light extremely well for {R}{gc}≳ 15 {{kpc}}, both of them varying as {σ }{MRGC}∼ {σ }{light}∼ {R}-1.8. By comparison, the blue (metal-poor) GC component has a much shallower falloff {σ }{MPGC}∼ {R}-1.0 and a more nearly spherical distribution. This strong difference in their density distributions produces a net metallicity gradient in the GCS as a whole that is primarily generated by the population gradient. With NGC 6166 we appear to be penetrating into a regime of high enough galaxy mass and rich enough environment that the bimodal two-phase description of GC formation is no longer as clear or effective as it has been in smaller galaxies.

  20. AN IONIZATION CONE IN THE DWARF STARBURST GALAXY NGC 5253

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    Zastrow, Jordan; Oey, M. S.; Veilleux, Sylvain; McDonald, Michael; Martin, Crystal L.

    2011-11-01

    There are few observational constraints on how the escape of ionizing photons from starburst galaxies depends on galactic parameters. Here we report on the first major detection of an ionization cone in NGC 5253, a nearby starburst galaxy. This high-excitation feature is identified by mapping the emission-line ratios in the galaxy using [S III] {lambda}9069, [S II] {lambda}6716, and H{alpha} narrowband images from the Maryland-Magellan Tunable Filter at Las Campanas Observatory. The ionization cone appears optically thin, which suggests the escape of ionizing photons. The cone morphology is narrow with an estimated solid angle covering just 3% of 4{pi} steradians, and the young, massive clusters of the nuclear starburst can easily generate the radiation required to ionize the cone. Although less likely, we cannot rule out the possibility of an obscured active galactic nucleus source. An echelle spectrum along the minor axis shows complex kinematics that are consistent with outflow activity. The narrow morphology of the ionization cone supports the scenario that an orientation bias contributes to the difficulty in detecting Lyman continuum emission from starbursts and Lyman break galaxies.

  1. Gas Dynamics and Outflow in the Barred Starburst Galaxy NGC 1808 Revealed with ALMA

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    Salak, Dragan; Nakai, Naomasa; Hatakeyama, Takuya; Miyamoto, Yusuke

    2016-05-01

    NGC 1808 is a nearby barred starburst galaxy with an outflow from the nuclear region. To study the inflow and outflow processes related to star formation and dynamical evolution of the galaxy, we have carried out 12CO (J=1-0) mapping observations of the central r ∼ 4 kpc of NGC 1808 using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array. Four distinct components of molecular gas are revealed at high spatial resolution of 2″ (∼100 pc): (1) a compact (r < 200 pc) circumnuclear disk (CND), (2) r ∼ 500 pc ring, (3) gas-rich galactic bar, and (4) spiral arms. Basic geometric and kinematic parameters are derived for the central 1 kpc region using tilted-ring modeling. The derived rotation curve reveals multiple mass components that include (1) a stellar bulge, (2) a nuclear bar and molecular CND, and (3) an unresolved massive (∼107 M ⊙) core. Two systemic velocities, 998 km s‑1 for the CND and 964 km s‑1 for the 500 pc ring, are revealed, indicating a kinematic offset. The pattern speed of the primary bar, derived by using a cloud-orbit model, is 56 ± 11 km s‑1 kpc‑1. Noncircular motions are detected associated with a nuclear spiral pattern and outflow in the central 1 kpc region. The ratio of the mass outflow rate to the star formation rate is {\\dot{M}}{out}/{SFR}∼ 0.2 in the case of optically thin CO (1–0) emission in the outflow, suggesting low efficiency of star formation quenching.

  2. ROSAT PSPC and HRI observations of the composite starburst/Seyfert 2 galaxy NGC 1672

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    Brandt, W. N.; Halpern, Jules P.; Iwasawa, K.

    1995-01-01

    The nearby barred spiral galaxy NGC 1672 has been observed with the Position Sensitive Proportional Counter (PSPC) and High Resolution Imager (HRI) instruments on board the ROSAT X-ray satellite. NGC 1672 is thought to have an obscured Seyfert nucleus, and it has strong starburst activity as well. Three bright X-ray sources with luminosities 1-2 x 10(exp 40) erg/s are clearly identified with NGC 1672. The strongest lies at the nucleus, and the other two lie at the ends of NGC 1672's prominent bar, locations that are also bright in H alpha and near-infrared images. The nuclear source is resolved by the HRI on about the scale of the recently identified nuclear ring, and one of the sources at the ends of the bar is also probably resolved. The X-ray spectrum of the nuclear source is quite soft, having a Raymond-Smith plasma temperature of approximately equals 0.7 keV and little evidence for intrinsic absorption. The ROSAT band X-ray flux of the nuclear source appears to be dominated not by X-ray binary emission but rather by diffuse gas emission. The absorption and emission properties of the sources, as well as their spatial extents, lead us to models of superbubbles driven by supernovae. However, the large density and emission measure of the nuclear X-ray source stretch the limits that can be comfortably accommodated by these models. We do not detect direct emission from the putative Seyfert nucleus, although an alternative model for the nuclear source is thermal emission from gas that is photoionized by a hidden Seyfert nucleus. The spectra of the other two X-ray sources are harder than that of the nuclear source, and have similar difficulties with regard to superbubble models.

  3. The complex nature of the Seyfert galaxy NGC 7592

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    Rafanelli, Piero; Marziani, Paolo

    1990-01-01

    Long slit spectra of NGC 7592 were taken on Sep. 26 to 30, 1989 at the 1.52 cm European Southern Observatory (ESO) telescope, equipped with a Boller and Chivens spectrograph and an RCA High Resolution charge coupled device (CCD) camera. The problem of the nature of Region C is addressed at first. C shows an heliocentric radial velocity very similar to that of Regions A and B. Moreover, the arm departing from C is most probably a tidal tail, because its extension is large and its orientation is peculiar. The high H alpha luminosity of C is typical of a starburst nucleus. These facts argue in favor of C being the nucleus of a third galactic component (southern component S) physically interacting with the SE component of NGC 7592. The directions of the velocity vectors in various regions of NGC 7592 are marked. It is noteworthy that the SE component rotates clockwise, if the radial velocity difference delta v sub r from its nucleus B is due to rotation. Under the same assumption for the delta v sub r = v sub r-v sub r, A, the NW component seems to rotate counterclockwise. Thus, the gas in the regions where the two galactic bodies are in contact moves in the same way, suggesting that a prograde encounter is occurring. It is known (e.g., Toomre and Toomre, 1972) that prograde encounters have the most disruptive effects on the interacting galaxies, leading to the formation of tidal tails. The interpretation of the wing of the NW component in terms of a tidal tail thus appears very likely. A similar situation holds for the interaction between SE and S too, where S rotates counterclockwise. The interpretation of the arm departing from C as a tidal tail is supported also in this case. The difference in radial velocity between A and B (delta v sub r approx. equal - 40 km s(exp-1)) and the morphology of NGC 7592 suggests that the NW component is beyond the SE one and is approaching it. The most heavily reddened regions (E(B - V) approx. equals 0.7, derived from the H alpha

  4. HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE PIXEL ANALYSIS OF THE INTERACTING S0 GALAXY NGC 5195 (M51B)

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    Lee, Joon Hyeop; Kim, Sang Chul; Ree, Chang Hee; Kim, Minjin; Jeong, Hyunjin; Lee, Jong Chul; Kyeong, Jaemann E-mail: sckim@kasi.re.kr E-mail: mkim@kasi.re.kr E-mail: jclee@kasi.re.kr

    2012-08-01

    We report the properties of the interacting S0 galaxy NGC 5195 (M51B), revealed in a pixel analysis using the Hubble Space Telescope/Advanced Camera for Surveys images in the F435W, F555W, and F814W (BVI) bands. We analyze the pixel color-magnitude diagram (pCMD) of NGC 5195, focusing on the properties of its red and blue pixel sequences and the difference from the pCMD of NGC 5194 (M51A; the spiral galaxy interacting with NGC 5195). The red pixel sequence of NGC 5195 is redder than that of NGC 5194, which corresponds to the difference in the dust optical depth of 2 < {Delta}{tau}{sub V} < 4 at fixed age and metallicity. The blue pixel sequence of NGC 5195 is very weak and spatially corresponds to the tidal bridge between the two interacting galaxies. This implies that the blue pixel sequence is not an ordinary feature in the pCMD of an early-type galaxy, but that it is a transient feature of star formation caused by the galaxy-galaxy interaction. We also find a difference in the shapes of the red pixel sequences on the pixel color-color diagrams (pCCDs) of NGC 5194 and NGC 5195. We investigate the spatial distributions of the pCCD-based pixel stellar populations. The young population fraction in the tidal bridge area is larger than that in other areas by a factor >15. Along the tidal bridge, young populations seem to be clumped particularly at the middle point of the bridge. On the other hand, the dusty population shows a relatively wide distribution between the tidal bridge and the center of NGC 5195.

  5. The near-infrared structure of the barred galaxy NGC 253 from VISTA⋆

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    Iodice, E.; Arnaboldi, M.; Rejkuba, M.; Neeser, M. J.; Greggio, L.; Gonzalez, O. A.; Irwin, M.; Emerson, J. P.

    2014-07-01

    Context. The presence of a bar affects the distribution and dynamics of a stellar disk at all scales, from a fraction of a kpc in the inner central region to tens of kpc at the disk's edge. The quantitative study of the disk response to a bar can be hampered by the presence of dust, which is common in late type spirals. Aims: We want to quantify the structures in the stellar disk of the barred Sc galaxy NGC 253 located in the Sculptor group, at 3.47 Mpc distance. Methods: We use J and Ks band images acquired with the VISTA telescope as part of the Science Verification. The wide field of view and the high angular resolution of this survey facility allow the mapping of the large and small scale structure of the stellar disk in NGC 253. We use unsharp masking and two dimensional modelling of the smooth light distribution in the disk to identify and measure the sub-structures induced by the bar in the stellar disk of NGC 253. We build azimuthally-averaged profiles in the J and Ks bands to measure the radial surface brightness profile of the central bulge, bar and disk. Results: Moving outward from the galaxy center, we find a nuclear ring within the bright 1 kpc diameter nucleus, then a bar, a ring with 2.9 kpc radius, and spiral arms in the outer disk. From the Ks image we obtain a new measure of the de-projected length of the bar of 2.5 kpc. The bar's strength, as derived from the curvature of the dust lanes in the J-Ks image, is typical of weak bars with Δα = 25 degree/kpc. From the de-projected length of the bar, we establish the co-rotation radius (RCR = 3 kpc) and bar pattern speed (Ωb = 61.3 km s-1 kpc-1), which provides the connection between the high frequency structures in the disk and the orbital resonances induced by the bar. The nuclear ring is located at the Inner Lindblad resonance. The second ring (at 2.9 kpc) does not have a resonant origin, but it could be a merger remnant or a transient structure formed during an intermediate stage of the bar

  6. Discovery of new dwarf galaxies around NGC4631 with Subaru/Hyper Suprime-Cam

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    Tanaka, Mikito; Komiyama, Yutaka; Chiba, Masashi

    2015-08-01

    We have been carrying out archaeological surveys of nearby galaxies using the Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) on the prime focus of the 8.2m Subaru telescope in order to understand an universal formation scenario of galactic halos, based on wide-field observations of the Local Group galaxies and the Local Volume galaxies. HSC consists of 104 effective 2048 x 4096 CCDs with a scale of 0.17 arcsec per pixel and covers a circular field of view with 1.5 degree in diameter. Especially, it is important to understand the variety of morphology of galactic halos through a detailed comparison of structures already found in the Local Group galaxies with structures recently detected in the Local Volume galaxies. In this conference, we report the discovery of new classical dwarf galaxies in the outskirts of NGC4631, which is a nearby edge-on Local Volume spiral galaxy interacting with the spiral NGC4656, using Subaru/HSC. We have confirmed dwarf galaxies detected by Karachentsev+14 and have newly found 8 uncatalogued dwarf galaxies based on visual inspection. We have measured physical parameters of these dwarf galaxies, such as a total magnitude, a half-light radius and a surface brightness profile described by a sersic parameter, based on our i-band HSC image. Furthermore, we show spatial distribution of blue young stars of each dwarf galaxy and comparisons with UV sources from GALEX. The relation between total absolute magnitude and half-light radius of dwarf galaxies of the NGC4631 group suggests that these dwarf galaxies with brighter total luminosity probably tend to be more extending. Finally, we conclude that provided that the luminosity to half-light radius relation of dwarf galaxies in the NGC4631 group is the same as that observed in the Local Group, the dwarf galaxy system of the NGC4631 group may have formed through the same manner as that of the Local Group.

  7. Diffuse Ionized Gas inside the Dwarf Irregular Galaxy NGC 6822

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    Hidalgo-Gámez, A. M.; Peimbert, A.

    2007-05-01

    We have studied the differences between the diffuse ionized gas (DIG) and the H II regions along a slit position in the local dwarf irregular galaxy NGC 6822. The slit position passes through the two most prominent H II regions: Hubble V and Hubble X. Important differences have been found in the excitation, ionization, and [N II] λ6584/Hα and [S II] λ6717/Hα line ratios between the DIG and the H II locations. Moreover, the values of all the line ratios are not similar to those in the DIG locations of spiral galaxies but are very similar to the values in other irregular galaxies, such as IC 10. We also determined the rate of recombination using the He I λ5875 line. Finally, we obtained a picture of the ionization sources of the DIG. We consider that the leakage of photons from the H II regions might explain most of the line ratios, except [N II]/Hα, which might be explained by turbulence. Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, Chile, proposal 69.C-0203(A).

  8. IUE and Einstein observations of the LINER galaxy NGC 4579

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    Reichert, G. A.; Puchnarewicz, E. M.; Mason, K. O.

    1990-01-01

    Results of International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) and Einstein observations of the LINER galaxy NGC 4579 are reported. Spatial profiles of the long wavelength IUE emission show a two component structure, with an unresolved core superimposed on broader underlying emission. The core spectrum shows strong C II lambda 2326 and broad Mg II lambda 2800 emission, and perhaps emission due to blends of Fe II multiplets (2300 to 23600 angstrom). The short wavelength emission is spatially unresolved, and shows C II lambda 1335, C III lambda 1909 broad C IV lambda 1550 emission, and a broad feature at approximately 1360 angstrom which may be due to 0.1 lambda 1356. Contrary to previous reports no evidence for He II lambda 1640 is found in the spectrum. An unresolved x ray source is detected at the location of the nucleus; its spectrum is well fitted by a power law of energy slope alpha approximately -0.5. These results further support the idea that NGC 4579 may contain a dwarf Seyfert nucleus.

  9. DUST DISK AROUND A BLACK HOLE IN GALAXY NGC 4261

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    2002-01-01

    This is a Hubble Space Telescope image of an 800-light-year-wide spiral-shaped disk of dust fueling a massive black hole in the center of galaxy, NGC 4261, located 100 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Virgo. By measuring the speed of gas swirling around the black hole, astronomers calculate that the object at the center of the disk is 1.2 billion times the mass of our Sun, yet concentrated into a region of space not much larger than our solar system. The strikingly geometric disk -- which contains enough mass to make 100,000 stars like our Sun -- was first identified in Hubble observations made in 1992. These new Hubble images reveal for the first time structure in the disk, which may be produced by waves or instabilities in the disk. Hubble also reveals that the disk and black hole are offset from the center of NGC 4261, implying some sort of dynamical interaction is taking place, that has yet to be fully explained. Credit: L. Ferrarese (Johns Hopkins University) and NASA Image files in GIF and JPEG format, captions, and press release text may be accessed on Internet via anonymous ftp from oposite.stsci.edu in /pubinfo:

  10. ALMA-backed NIR high resolution integral field spectroscopy of the NUGA galaxy NGC 1433

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    Smajić, Semir; Moser, Lydia; Eckart, Andreas; Valencia-S., Mónica; Combes, Françoise; Horrobin, Matthew; García-Burillo, Santiago; García-Marín, Macarena; Fischer, Sebastian; Zuther, Jens

    2014-07-01

    Aims: We present the results of near-infrared (NIR) H- and K-band European Southern Observatory SINFONI integral field spectroscopy (IFS) of the Seyfert 2 galaxy NGC 1433. We investigate the central 500 pc of this nearby galaxy, concentrating on excitation conditions, morphology, and stellar content. NGC 1433 was selected from our extended NUGA(-south) sample, which was additionally observed with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). NGC 1433 is a ringed, spiral galaxy with a main stellar bar in roughly east-west direction (PA 94°) and a secondary bar in the nuclear region (PA 31°). Several dusty filaments are detected in the nuclear region with the Hubble Space Telescope. ALMA detects molecular CO emission coinciding with these filaments. The active galactic nucleus is not strong and the galaxy is also classified as a low-ionization emission-line region (LINER). Methods: The NIR is less affected by dust extinction than optical light and is sensitive to the mass-dominating stellar populations. SINFONI integral field spectroscopy combines NIR imaging and spectroscopy, allowing us to analyse several emission and absorption lines to investigate the stellar populations and ionization mechanisms over the 10″ × 10″ field of view (FOV). Results: We present emission and absorption line measurements in the central kpc of NGC 1433. We detect a narrow Balmer line and several H2 lines. We find that the stellar continuum peaks in the optical and NIR in the same position, indicating that there is no covering of the center by a nuclear dust lane. A strong velocity gradient is detected in all emission lines at that position. The position angle of this gradient is at 155° whereas the galactic rotation is at a position angle of 201°. Our measures of the molecular hydrogen lines, hydrogen recombination lines, and [Fe ii] indicate that the excitation at the nucleus is caused by thermal excitation, i.e., shocks that can be associated with active galactic

  11. The VIRUS-P Exploration of Nearby Galaxies (VENGA): Radial Gas Inflow and Shock Excitation in NGC 1042

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    Luo, Rongxin; Hao, Lei; Blanc, Guillermo A.; Jogee, Shardha; van den Bosch, Remco C. E.; Weinzirl, Tim

    2016-06-01

    NGC 1042 is a late-type bulgeless disk galaxy that hosts low-luminosity active galactic nuclei (AGNs) coincident with a massive nuclear star cluster. In this paper, we present the integral field spectroscopy studies of this galaxy, based on the data obtained with the Mitchell spectrograph on the 2.7 m Harlan J. Smith telescope. In the central 100–300 pc region of NGC 1042, we find a circumnuclear ring structure of gas with enhanced ionization, which we suggest is mainly induced by shocks. Combining this with the harmonic decomposition analysis of the velocity field of the ionized gas, we propose that the shocked gas is the result of gas inflow driven by the inner spiral arms. The inflow velocity is ˜ 32+/- 10 {km} {{{s}}}-1, and the estimated mass-inflow rate is ˜ 1.1+/- 0.3× {10}-3 {M}ȯ {{yr}}-1. The mass-inflow rate is about one hundred times the black hole’s mass-accretion rate (˜ 1.4× {10}-5 {M}ȯ {{yr}}-1) and slightly larger than the star-formation rate in the nuclear star cluster (7.94× {10}-4 {M}ȯ {{yr}}-1), implying that the inflow material is enough to feed both the AGN activity and star formation in the nuclear star cluster. Our study highlights that secular evolution can be important in late-type unbarred galaxies like NGC 1042.

  12. The VIRUS-P Exploration of Nearby Galaxies (VENGA): Radial Gas Inflow and Shock Excitation in NGC 1042

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    Luo, Rongxin; Hao, Lei; Blanc, Guillermo A.; Jogee, Shardha; van den Bosch, Remco C. E.; Weinzirl, Tim

    2016-06-01

    NGC 1042 is a late-type bulgeless disk galaxy that hosts low-luminosity active galactic nuclei (AGNs) coincident with a massive nuclear star cluster. In this paper, we present the integral field spectroscopy studies of this galaxy, based on the data obtained with the Mitchell spectrograph on the 2.7 m Harlan J. Smith telescope. In the central 100–300 pc region of NGC 1042, we find a circumnuclear ring structure of gas with enhanced ionization, which we suggest is mainly induced by shocks. Combining this with the harmonic decomposition analysis of the velocity field of the ionized gas, we propose that the shocked gas is the result of gas inflow driven by the inner spiral arms. The inflow velocity is ∼ 32+/- 10 {km} {{{s}}}-1, and the estimated mass-inflow rate is ∼ 1.1+/- 0.3× {10}-3 {M}ȯ {{yr}}-1. The mass-inflow rate is about one hundred times the black hole’s mass-accretion rate (∼ 1.4× {10}-5 {M}ȯ {{yr}}-1) and slightly larger than the star-formation rate in the nuclear star cluster (7.94× {10}-4 {M}ȯ {{yr}}-1), implying that the inflow material is enough to feed both the AGN activity and star formation in the nuclear star cluster. Our study highlights that secular evolution can be important in late-type unbarred galaxies like NGC 1042.

  13. Line asymmetry in the Seyfert Galaxy NGC 3783

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    Ramirez, J. M.; Bautista, Manuel; Kallman, Timothy

    2005-01-01

    We have reanalyzed the 900 ks Chandra X-ray spectrum of NGC 3783, finding evidence on the asymmetry of the spectral absorption lines. The lines are fitted with a parametric expression that results from an analytical treatment of radiatively driven winds. The line asymmetry distribution derived from the spectrum is consistent with a non-spherical outflow with a finite optical depth. Within this scenario, our model explains the observed correlations between the line velocity shifts and the ionization parameter and between the line velocity shift and the line asymmetry. The present results may provide a framework for detailed testing of models for the dynamic and physical properties of warm absorber in Seyfert galaxies.

  14. Molecular content of polar-ring galaxies

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    Combes, F.; Moiseev, A.; Reshetnikov, V.

    2013-06-01

    We have searched for CO lines in a sample of 21 new morphologically determined polar-ring galaxies (of which nine are kinematically confirmed), obtained from a wide search in the Galaxy Zoo project by Moiseev and collaborators. Polar-ring galaxies (PRGs) are a unique class of objects, tracing special episodes in the galaxy mass assembly: they can be formed through galaxy interaction and merging, but also through accretion from cosmic filaments. Furthermore, they enable the study of dark matter haloes in three dimensions. The polar ring itself is a sub-system rich in gas, where molecular gas is expected, and new stars are formed. Among the sample of 21 PRGs, we have detected five CO-rich systems, that can now be followed up with higher spatial resolution. Their average molecular mass is 9.4 × 109M⊙, and their average gas fraction is 27% of their baryonic mass, with a range from 15 to 43%, implying that they have just accreted a large amount of gas. The position of the detected objects in the velocity-magnitude diagram is offset from the Tully-Fisher relation of normal spirals, as was already found for PRGs. This work is part of our multi-wavelength project to determine the detailed morphology and dynamics of PRGs, test through numerical models their formation scenario, and deduce their dark matter content and 3D-shape. Based on observations carried out with the IRAM 30 m telescope. IRAM is supported by INSU/CNRS (France), MPG (Germany), and IGN (Spain).Spectra of detections are available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (ftp://130.79.128.5">130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/554/A11

  15. Accretion-Inhibited Star Formation in the Warm Molecular Disk of the Green-valley Elliptical Galaxy NGC 3226?

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    Appleton, P. N.; Mundell, C.; Bitsakis, T.; Lacy, M.; Alatalo, K.; Armus, L.; Charmandaris, V.; Duc, P.-A.; Lisenfeld, U.; Ogle, P.

    2014-12-01

    We present archival Spitzer photometry and spectroscopy and Herschel photometry of the peculiar "Green Valley" elliptical galaxy NGC 3226. The galaxy, which contains a low-luminosity active galactic nucleus (AGN), forms a pair with NGC 3227 and is shown to lie in a complex web of stellar and H I filaments. Imaging at 8 and 16 μm reveals a curved plume structure 3 kpc in extent, embedded within the core of the galaxy and coincident with the termination of a 30 kpc long H I tail. In situ star formation associated with the infrared (IR) plume is identified from narrowband Hubble Space Telescope (HST) imaging. The end of the IR plume coincides with a warm molecular hydrogen disk and dusty ring containing 0.7-1.1 × 107 M ⊙ detected within the central kiloparsec. Sensitive upper limits to the detection of cold molecular gas may indicate that a large fraction of the H2 is in a warm state. Photometry derived from the ultraviolet (UV) to the far-IR shows evidence for a low star-formation rate of ~0.04 M ⊙ yr-1 averaged over the last 100 Myr. A mid-IR component to the spectral energy distribution (SED) contributes ~20% of the IR luminosity of the galaxy, and is consistent with emission associated with the AGN. The current measured star formation rate is insufficient to explain NGC 3226's global UV-optical "green" colors via the resurgence of star formation in a "red and dead" galaxy. This form of "cold accretion" from a tidal stream would appear to be an inefficient way to rejuvenate early-type galaxies and may actually inhibit star formation.

  16. Discovery of a deep Seyfert-2 galaxy at z = 0.222 behind NGC 300

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    Combi, J. A.; García, F.; Rodríguez, M. J.; Gamen, R.; Cellone, S. A.

    2016-08-01

    We report on the unveiling of the nature of the unidentified X-ray source 3XMM J005450.3-373849 as a Seyfert-2 galaxy located behind the spiral galaxy NGC 300 using Hubble Space Telescope data, new spectroscopic Gemini observations and available XMM-Newton and Chandra data. We show that the X-ray source is positionally coincident with an extended optical source, composed of a marginally resolved nucleus/bulge, surrounded by an elliptical disc-like feature and two symmetrical outer rings. The optical spectrum is typical of a Seyfert-2 galaxy redshifted to z = 0.222 ± 0.001, which confirms that the source is not physically related to NGC 300. At this redshift the source would be located at 909 ± 4 Mpc (comoving distance in the standard model). The X-ray spectra of the source are well fitted by an absorbed power-law model. By tying NH between the six available spectra, we found a variable index Γ running from ˜2 in 2000-2001 to 1.4-1.6 in the 2005-2014 period. Alternatively, by tying Γ, we found variable absorption columns of NH ˜ 0.34 × 10-22 cm-2 in 2000-2001, and 0.54-0.75 × 10-22 cm-2 in the 2005-2014 period. Although we cannot distinguish between a spectral or absorption origin, from the derived unabsorbed X-ray fluxes, we are able to assure the presence of long-term X-ray variability. Furthermore, the unabsorbed X-ray luminosities of 0.8-2 × 1043 erg s-1 derived in the X-ray band are in agreement with a weakly obscured Seyfert-2 AGN at z ≈ 0.22.

  17. Discovery of a deep Seyfert-2 galaxy at z = 0.222 behind NGC 300

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    Combi, J. A.; García, F.; Rodríguez, M. J.; Gamen, R.; Cellone, S. A.

    2016-04-01

    We report on the unveiling of the nature of the unidentified X-ray source 3XMM J005450.3-373849 as a Seyfert 2 galaxy located behind the spiral galaxy NGC 300 using Hubble Space Telescope data, new spectroscopic Gemini observations and available XMM-Newton and Chandra data. We show that the X-ray source is positionally coincident with an extended optical source, composed by a marginally resolved nucleus/bulge, surrounded by an elliptical disc-like feature and two symmetrical outer rings. The optical spectrum is typical of a Seyfert 2 galaxy redshifted to z = 0.222 ± 0.001, which confirms that the source is not physically related to NGC 300. At this redshift the source would be located at 909±4 Mpc (comoving distance in the standard model). The X-ray spectra of the source are well-fitted by an absorbed power-law model. By tying NH between the six available spectra, we found a variable index Γ running from ˜2 in 2000-2001 years, to 1.4-1.6 in the 2005-2014 period. Alternatively, by tying Γ, we found variable absorption columns of NH ˜ 0.34 × 10-22 cm-2 in 2000-2001 years, and 0.54 - 0.75 × 10-22 cm-2 in the 2005-2014 period. Although we cannot distinguish between an spectral or absorption origin, from the derived unabsorbed X-ray fluxes, we are able to assure the presence of long-term X-ray variability. Furthermore, the unabsorbed X-ray luminosities of 0.8 - 2 ×1043 erg s-1 derived in the X-ray band are in agreement with a weakly obscured Seyfert-2 AGN at z ≈ 0.22.

  18. THE FORMATION OF SHELL GALAXIES SIMILAR TO NGC 7600 IN THE COLD DARK MATTER COSMOGONY

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    Cooper, Andrew P.; Martinez-Delgado, David; Helly, John; Frenk, Carlos; Cole, Shaun; Crawford, Ken; Zibetti, Stefano; Carballo-Bello, Julio A.

    2011-12-10

    We present new deep observations of 'shell' structures in the halo of the nearby elliptical galaxy NGC 7600, alongside a movie of galaxy formation in a cold dark matter (CDM) universe. The movie, based on an ab initio cosmological simulation, shows how continuous accretion of clumps of dark matter and stars creates a swath of diffuse circumgalactic structures. The disruption of a massive clump on a near-radial orbit creates a complex system of transient concentric shells which bare a striking resemblance to those of NGC 7600. With the aid of the simulation we interpret NGC 7600 in the context of the CDM model.

  19. The Formation of Shell Galaxies Similar to NGC 7600 in the Cold Dark Matter Cosmogony

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    Cooper, Andrew P.; Martínez-Delgado, David; Helly, John; Frenk, Carlos; Cole, Shaun; Crawford, Ken; Zibetti, Stefano; Carballo-Bello, Julio A.; GaBany, R. Jay

    2011-12-01

    We present new deep observations of "shell" structures in the halo of the nearby elliptical galaxy NGC 7600, alongside a movie of galaxy formation in a cold dark matter (CDM) universe. The movie, based on an ab initio cosmological simulation, shows how continuous accretion of clumps of dark matter and stars creates a swath of diffuse circumgalactic structures. The disruption of a massive clump on a near-radial orbit creates a complex system of transient concentric shells which bare a striking resemblance to those of NGC 7600. With the aid of the simulation we interpret NGC 7600 in the context of the CDM model.

  20. Near-infrared spectrophotometry of four Seyfert 1 galaxies and NGC 1275

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    Rudy, R. J.; Jones, B.; Levan, P. D.; Puetter, R. C.; Smith, H. E.; Willner, S. P.; Tokunaga, A. T.

    1982-01-01

    Low-resolution spectrophotometry from 2 to 4 microns is reported for the four Seyfert 1 galaxies Mrk 335, 3C 120, Mrk 509, NGC 7469, and the peculiar emission-line galaxy NGC 1275. The spectrum of NGC 7469 exhibits a strong 3.3-micron dust feature, indicating a thermal origin for the bulk of its considerable nonstellar infrared emission. NGC 1275 has a large stellar contribution to its infrared flux at wavelengths shortward of 3 microns. The spectrum from 3 to 4 microns fits a power law which fits the 10-micron and 20-micron broad bands, as well. A thermal model which can explain the spectrum of NGC 1275 is discussed. Mrk 335 displays a complex spectrum suggestive of thermal dust emission. 3C 120 and Mrk 509 have nonstellar infrared emission shortward of 2 microns, but the data are ambiguous as to whether this emission is thermal or nonthermal in origin.

  1. Detection of CO (J=1-0) in the dwarf elliptical galaxy NGC 185

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    Wiklind, Tommy; Rydbeck, Gustaf

    1987-01-01

    The detection of CO (J = 1-0) emission in the dwarf elliptical galaxy NGC 185 is reported. The presence of massive molecular clouds in this early-type galaxy supports the idea of recent or ongoing stellar formation indicated by the population of blue stars in the center. The CO was detected in two positions in the galaxy, the center, and a prominent dustcloud. The emission profile has two peaks, roughly centered around the systemic velocity. It is found that NGC 185 is overluminous in blue light for its CO luminosity compared with Sc galaxies. This might indicate a higher star-formation efficiency for NGC 185 than for the late-type galaxies.

  2. VIBRATIONALLY EXCITED HCN IN THE LUMINOUS INFRARED GALAXY NGC 4418

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    Sakamoto, Kazushi; Aalto, Susanne; Evans, Aaron S.; Wiedner, Martina C.; Wilner, David J.

    2010-12-20

    Infrared pumping and its effect on the excitation of HCN molecules can be important when using rotational lines of HCN to probe dense molecular gas in galaxy nuclei. We report the first extragalactic detection of (sub)millimeter rotational lines of vibrationally excited HCN, in the dust-enshrouded nucleus of the luminous infrared galaxy NGC 4418. We estimate the excitation temperature of T{sub vib} {approx} 230 K between the vibrational ground and excited (v{sub 2} = 1) states. This excitation is most likely due to infrared radiation. At this high vibrational temperature the path through the v{sub 2} = 1 state must have a strong impact on the rotational excitation in the vibrational ground level, although it may not be dominant for all rotational levels. Our observations also revealed nearly confusion-limited lines of CO, HCN, HCO{sup +}, H{sup 13}CN, HC{sup 15}N, CS, N{sub 2}H{sup +}, and HC{sub 3}N at {lambda} {approx} 1 mm. Their relative intensities may also be affected by the infrared pumping.

  3. Submillimeter H2O Megamasers in NGC 4945 and the Circinus Galaxy

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    Pesce, D. W.; Braatz, J. A.; Impellizzeri, C. M. V.

    2016-08-01

    We present 321 GHz observations of five active galactic nuclei (AGNs) from ALMA Cycle 0 archival data: NGC 5793, NGC 1068, NGC 1386, NGC 4945, and the Circinus galaxy. Submillimeter maser emission is detected for the first time toward NGC 4945, and we present a new analysis of the submillimeter maser system in Circinus. None of the other three galaxies show maser emission, although we have detected and imaged the continuum from every galaxy. Both NGC 4945 and Circinus are known to host strong (≳10 Jy) 22 GHz megamaser emission, and VLBI observations have shown that the masers reside in the innermost ∼1 pc of the galaxies. The peak flux densities of the 321 GHz masers in both systems are substantially weaker (by a factor of ∼100) than what is observed at 22 GHz, although the corresponding isotropic luminosities are more closely matched (within a factor of ∼10) between the two transitions. We compare the submillimeter spectra presented here to the known 22 GHz spectra in both galaxies, and we argue that while both transitions originate from the gaseous environment near the AGNs, not all sites are in common. In Circinus, the spectral structure of the 321 GHz masers indicates that they may trace the accretion disk at radii interior to the 22 GHz masers. The continuum emission in NGC 4945 and NGC 5793 shows a spatial distribution indicative of an origin in the galactic disks (likely thermal dust emission), while for the other three galaxies the emission is centrally concentrated and likely originates from the nucleus.

  4. Submillimeter H2O Megamasers in NGC 4945 and the Circinus Galaxy

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    Pesce, D. W.; Braatz, J. A.; Impellizzeri, C. M. V.

    2016-08-01

    We present 321 GHz observations of five active galactic nuclei (AGNs) from ALMA Cycle 0 archival data: NGC 5793, NGC 1068, NGC 1386, NGC 4945, and the Circinus galaxy. Submillimeter maser emission is detected for the first time toward NGC 4945, and we present a new analysis of the submillimeter maser system in Circinus. None of the other three galaxies show maser emission, although we have detected and imaged the continuum from every galaxy. Both NGC 4945 and Circinus are known to host strong (≳10 Jy) 22 GHz megamaser emission, and VLBI observations have shown that the masers reside in the innermost ˜1 pc of the galaxies. The peak flux densities of the 321 GHz masers in both systems are substantially weaker (by a factor of ˜100) than what is observed at 22 GHz, although the corresponding isotropic luminosities are more closely matched (within a factor of ˜10) between the two transitions. We compare the submillimeter spectra presented here to the known 22 GHz spectra in both galaxies, and we argue that while both transitions originate from the gaseous environment near the AGNs, not all sites are in common. In Circinus, the spectral structure of the 321 GHz masers indicates that they may trace the accretion disk at radii interior to the 22 GHz masers. The continuum emission in NGC 4945 and NGC 5793 shows a spatial distribution indicative of an origin in the galactic disks (likely thermal dust emission), while for the other three galaxies the emission is centrally concentrated and likely originates from the nucleus.

  5. Spitzer and JCMT Observations of the Active Galactic Nucleus in the Sombrero Galaxy (NGC 4594)

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    Bendo, George J.; Buckalew, Brent A.; Dale, Daniel A.; Draine, Bruce T.; Joseph, Robert D.; Kennicutt, Robert C., Jr.; Sheth, Kartik; Smith, John-David T.; Walter, Fabian; Calzetti, Daniela; Cannon, John M.; Engelbracht, Charles W.; Gordon, Karl D.; Helou, George; Hollenbach, David; Murphy, Eric J.; Roussel, Hélène

    2006-07-01

    We present Spitzer 3.6-160 μm images, Spitzer mid-infrared spectra, and JCMT SCUBA 850 μm images of the Sombrero Galaxy (NGC 4594), an Sa galaxy with a 109 Msolar low-luminosity active galactic nucleus (AGN). The brightest infrared sources in the galaxy are the nucleus and the dust ring. The spectral energy distribution of the AGN demonstrates that, while the environment around the AGN is a prominent source of mid-infrared emission, it is a relatively weak source of far-infrared emission, as had been inferred for AGNs in previous research. The weak nuclear 160 μm emission and the negligible polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon emission from the nucleus also implies that the nucleus is a site of only weak star formation activity and the nucleus contains relatively little cool interstellar gas needed to fuel such activity. We propose that this galaxy may be representative of a subset of low-ionization nuclear emission region galaxies that are in a quiescent AGN phase because of the lack of gas needed to fuel circumnuclear star formation and Seyfert-like AGN activity. Surprisingly, the AGN is the predominant source of 850 μm emission. We examine the possible emission mechanisms that could give rise to the 850 μm emission and find that neither thermal dust emission, CO line emission, bremsstrahlung emission, nor the synchrotron emission observed at radio wavelengths can adequately explain the measured 850 μm flux density by themselves. The remaining possibilities for the source of the 850 μm emission include a combination of known emission mechanisms, synchrotron emission that is self-absorbed at wavelengths longer than 850 μm, or unidentified spectral lines in the 850 μm band.

  6. Ionized gas outflow in the isolated S0 galaxy NGC 4460

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    Moiseev, Alexei; Karachentsev, Igor; Kaisin, Serafim

    2010-04-01

    We used integral-field and long-slit spectroscopy to study a bright extended nebulosity recently discovered in the isolated lenticular galaxy NGC 4460 during an Hα survey of nearby galaxies. An analysis of archival Sloan Digital Sky Survey, GALEX and Hubble Space Telescope images indicates that current star formation is entirely concentrated in the central kiloparsec of the galaxy disc. The observed ionized gas parameters (morphology, kinematics and ionization state) can be explained by a gas outflow above the plane of the galaxy, caused by star formation in the circumnuclear region. Galactic wind parameters in NGC 4460 (outflow velocity, total kinetic energy) are several times smaller, compared with the known galactic wind in NGC 253, which is explained by the substantially lower total star formation rate. We discuss the cause of the star formation processes in NGC 4460 and in two other known isolated lenticular (S0) and elliptical (E) galaxies of the Local Volume: NGC 404 and 855. We provide evidence suggesting that the feeding of isolated galaxies by intergalactic gas on a cosmological time-scale is a steady process without significant variations. Based on observations collected with the 6-m telescope of the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which is operated under the financial support of the Science Department of Russia (registration number 01-43). E-mail: moisav@gmail.com

  7. Counter-rotating gaseous disks in the 'Evil Eye' galaxy NGC4826

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    Braun, Robert; Walterbos, Rene A. M.; Kennicutt, Robert C., Jr.

    1992-12-01

    The discovery of two counterrotating gaseous disks in the otherwise normal early-type spiral NGC4826 is reported. This is the most disklike galaxy in which any kinematic substructure has yet been found. This discovery raises the possibility that even spiral galaxies may have undergone a significant degree of structural evolution due to mergers.

  8. NGC 2276: a remarkable galaxy with a large number of ultraluminous X-ray sources

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    Wolter, Anna; Esposito, Paolo; Mapelli, Michela; Pizzolato, Fabio; Ripamonti, Emanuele

    2015-03-01

    The starbusting, nearby (D = 32.9 Mpc) spiral (Sc) galaxy NGC 2276 belongs to the sparse group dominated by the elliptical galaxy NGC 2300. NGC 2276 is a remarkable galaxy, as it displays a disturbed morphology at many wavelengths. This is possibly due to gravitational interaction with the central elliptical galaxy of the group. Previous ROSAT and XMM-Newton observations resulted in the detection of extended hot gas emission and of a single very bright (˜1041 erg s-1) ultraluminous X-ray source (ULX) candidate. Here, we report on a study of the X-ray sources of NGC 2276 based on Chandra data taken in 2004. Chandra was able to resolve 16 sources, 8 of which are ULXs, and to reveal that the previous ULX candidate is actually composed of a few distinct objects. We construct the luminosity function of NGC 2276, which can be interpreted as dominated by high-mass X-ray binaries, and estimate the star formation rate (SFR) to be ˜5-15 M⊙ yr-1, consistent with the values derived from optical and infrared observations. By means of numerical simulations, we show that both ram pressure and viscous transfer effects are necessary to produce the distorted morphology and the high SFR observed in NGC 2276, while tidal interaction have a marginal effect.

  9. To be or not to be oblate: the shape of the dark matter halo in polar ring galaxies

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    Khoperskov, S. A.; Moiseev, A. V.; Khoperskov, A. V.; Saburova, A. S.

    2014-07-01

    With the aim of determining the spatial distribution of the dark matter halo, we investigate two polar ring galaxies, NGC 4262 and SPRC-7. For both galaxies, the stellar kinematics data for the central galaxy were obtained from optical spectroscopy at the 6-m telescope of the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Information about polar gaseous components was taken from optical three-dimensional spectroscopic observations of ionized gas (for SPRC-7) and from H I radio observations (for NGC 4262). SPRC-7 is a system with a relative angle δ = 73° towards the central galaxy and quite a massive stellar-gaseous polar component. Meanwhile, NGC 4262 is a classic polar case with δ = 88°, where the polar ring mainly consists of neutral gas with a negligible stellar contribution to the mass. Thus, we are dealing with two different systems, and the results are also diverse. The observed properties of both galaxies were compared with the results of self-consistent simulations of velocity fields of the polar component along with the rotation curve of the central lenticular galaxy. For SPRC-7, we have found a slightly flattened halo towards the polar plane with the axial ratio c/a ≃ 1.7 ± 0.2 for the isothermal halo model and c/a ≃ 1.5 ± 0.2 for the NFW model. NGC 4262 is more unusual, because the shape of the dark matter distribution varies strongly with radius. That is, the dark matter halo is flattened in the vicinity of the galactic disc (c/a ≈ 0.4 ± 0.1), but it is prolate far beyond the central galaxy (c/a ≈ 1.7 for the isothermal halo model and c/a ≈ 2.3 for the NFW model).

  10. A GIANT STAR FACTORY IN NEIGHBORING GALAXY NGC 6822

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    2002-01-01

    Resembling curling flames from a campfire, this magnificent nebula in a neighboring galaxy is giving astronomers new insight into the fierce birth of stars as it may have more commonly happened in the early universe. The glowing gas cloud, called Hubble-V, has a diameter of about 200 light-years. A faint tail of nebulosity trailing off the top of the image sits opposite a dense cluster of bright stars at the bottom of the irregularly shaped nebula. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope's resolution and ultraviolet sensitivity reveals a dense knot of dozens of ultra-hot stars nestled in the nebula, each glowing 100,000 times brighter than our Sun. These youthful 4-million-year-old stars are too distant and crowded together to be resolved from ground-based telescopes. The small, irregular host galaxy, called NGC 6822, is one of the Milky Way's closest neighbors and is considered prototypical of the earliest fragmentary galaxies that inhabited the young universe. The galaxy is 1.6 million light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius. The Hubble-V image data was taken with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) by two science teams: C. Robert O'Dell of Vanderbilt University and collaborators, and Luciana Bianchi of Johns Hopkins University and Osservatorio Astronomico, Torinese, Italy, and collaborators. This color image was produced by The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI). A Hubble image of Hubble-X, another intense star-forming region in NGC 6822, was released by The Heritage Team in January 2001. Credits: NASA, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Acknowledgment: C. R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University) and L. Bianchi (Johns Hopkins University and Osservatorio Astronomico, Torinese, Italy) NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional information, please contact C. R. O'Dell, Vanderbilt University, Physics and Astronomy Dept., Box 1807 Station B, Nashville, TN 37235, (phone) 615-343-1779, (fax) 615-343-7263, (e-mail) cr.odell@vanderbilt.edu or Luciana Bianchi, Johns Hopkins

  11. Extended Red Emission in the Evil Eye Galaxy (NGC 4826)

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    Pierini, D.; Majeed, A.; Boroson, T. A.; Witt, A. N.

    2002-04-01

    NGC 4826 (M64) is a nearby Sab galaxy with an outstanding, absorbing dust lane (called the Evil Eye) asymmetrically placed across its prominent bulge. In addition, its central region is associated with several regions of ongoing star formation activity. We obtained accurate low-resolution (4.3 Å pixel-1) long-slit spectroscopy (KPNO 4 m) of NGC 4826 in the 5300-9100 Å spectral range, with a slit of 4.4‧ length, encompassing the galaxy's bulge size, positioned across its nucleus. The wavelength-dependent effects of absorption and scattering by the dust in the Evil Eye are evident when comparing the observed stellar spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of pairs of positions symmetrically located with respect to the nucleus, one on the dust lane side and one on the symmetrically opposite side of the bulge, under the assumption that the intrinsic (i.e., unobscured) radiation field is to first-order axisymmetric. We analyzed the SED ratios for a given number of pairs of positions through the multiple-scattering radiative transfer model of Witt & Gordon. As a main result, we discovered strong residual extended red emission (ERE) from a region of the Evil Eye within a projected distance of about 13" from the nucleus, adjacent to a broad, bright H II region, intercepted by the spectrograph slit. ERE is an established phenomenon well-covered in the literature and interpreted as originating from photoluminescence by nanometer-sized clusters, illuminated by UV/optical photons of the local radiation field. In the innermost part of the Evil Eye, the ERE band extends from about 5700 to 9100 Å, with an estimated peak intensity of ~3.7×10-6 ergs s -1 Å-1 cm-2 sr-1 near 8300 Å and with an ERE to scattered light band integrated intensity ratio, I(ERE)/I(sca), of about 0.7. At farther distances, approaching the broad, bright H II region, the ERE band and peak intensity shift toward longer wavelengths, while the ERE band-integrated intensity, I(ERE), diminishes and, eventually

  12. Deep Fabry-Perot Hα observations of two Sculptor group galaxies, NGC 247 and 300

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    Hlavacek-Larrondo, J.; Marcelin, M.; Epinat, B.; Carignan, C.; de Denus-Baillargeon, M.-M.; Daigle, O.; Hernandez, O.

    2011-09-01

    It has been suggested that diffuse ionized gas can extend all the way to the end of the H I disc, and even beyond, such as in the case of the warped galaxyNGC 253 (Bland-Hawthorn et al.). Detecting ionized gas at these radii could carry significant implications as to the distribution of dark matter in galaxies. With the aim of detecting this gas, we carried out a deep Hα kinematical analysis of two Sculptor group galaxies, NGC 247 and 300. The Fabry-Perot data were taken at the 36-cm Marseille Telescope in La Silla, Chile, offering a large field of view. With almost 20 hours of observations for each galaxy, very faint diffuse emission is detected. Typical emission measures of 0.1 cm-6 pc are reached. For NGC 247, emission extending up to a radius comparable with that of the H I disc (r˜ 13 arcmin) is found, but no emission is seen beyond the H I disc. For NGC 300, we detect ionized gas on the entirety of our field of view (rmax˜ 14 arcmin), and find that the bright H II regions are embedded in a diffuse background. Using the deep data, extended optical rotation curves are obtained, as well as mass models. These are the most extended optical rotation curves thus far for these galaxies. We find no evidence suggesting that NGC 247 has a warped disc, and to account for our non-detection of Hα emission beyond its H I disc, as opposed to the warped galaxy NGC 253, our results favour the model in which, only through a warp, ionization by hot young stars in the central region of a galaxy can let photons escape and ionize the interstellar medium in the outer parts.

  13. Globular Clusters and Spur Clusters in NGC 4921, the Brightest Spiral Galaxy in the Coma Cluster

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    Lee, Myung Gyoon; Jang, In Sung

    2016-03-01

    We resolve a significant fraction of globular clusters (GCs) in NGC 4921, the brightest spiral galaxy in the Coma cluster. We also find a number of extended bright star clusters (star complexes) in the spur region of the arms. The latter are much brighter and bluer than those in the normal star-forming region, being as massive as 3 × 105 M⊙. The color distribution of the GCs in this galaxy is found to be bimodal. The turnover magnitudes of the luminosity functions of the blue (metal-poor) GCs (0.70 < (V - I) ≤ 1.05) in the halo are estimated V(max) = 27.11 ± 0.09 mag and I(max) = 26.21 ± 0.11 mag. We obtain similar values for NGC 4923, a companion S0 galaxy, and two Coma cD galaxies (NGC 4874 and NGC 4889). The mean value for the turnover magnitudes of these four galaxies is I(max) = 26.25 ± 0.03 mag. Adopting MI (max) = -8.56 ± 0.09 mag for the metal-poor GCs, we determine the mean distance to the four Coma galaxies to be 91 ± 4 Mpc. Combining this with the Coma radial velocity, we derive a value of the Hubble constant, H0 = 77.9 ± 3.6 km s-1 Mpc-1. We estimate the GC specific frequency of NGC 4921 to be SN = 1.29 ± 0.25, close to the values for early-type galaxies. This indicates that NGC 4921 is in the transition phase to S0s.

  14. THE ACS NEARBY GALAXY SURVEY TREASURY. XI. THE REMARKABLY UNDISTURBED NGC 2403 DISK

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    Williams, Benjamin F.; Dalcanton, Julianne J.; Stilp, Adrienne; Radburn-Smith, David; Dolphin, Andrew; Skillman, Evan D. E-mail: jd@astro.washington.edu E-mail: dolphin@raytheon.com

    2013-03-10

    We present detailed analysis of color-magnitude diagrams of NGC 2403, obtained from a deep (m {approx}< 28) Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 observation of the outer disk of NGC 2403, supplemented by several shallow (m {approx}< 26) HST Advanced Camera for Surveys fields. We derive the spatially resolved star formation history of NGC 2403 out to 11 disk scale lengths. In the inner portions of the galaxy, we compare the recent star formation rates (SFRs) we derive from the resolved stars with those measured using GALEX FUV + Spitzer 24{mu} fluxes, finding excellent agreement between the methods. Our measurements also show that the radial gradient in recent SFR mirrors the disk exponential profile to 11 scale lengths with no break, extending to SFR densities a factor of {approx}100 lower than those that can be measured with GALEX and Spitzer ({approx}2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} M{sub Sun} yr{sup -1} kpc{sup -2}). Furthermore, we find that the cumulative stellar mass of the disk was formed at similar times at all radii. We compare these characteristics of NGC 2403 to those of its ''morphological twins'', NGC 300 and M 33, showing that the structure and age distributions of the NGC 2403 disk are more similar to those of the relatively isolated system NGC 300 than to those of the Local Group analog M 33. We also discuss the environments and HI morphologies of these three nearby galaxies, comparing them to integrated light studies of larger samples of more distant galaxy disks. Taken together, the physical properties and evolutionary history of NGC 2403 suggest that the galaxy has had no close encounters with other M 81 group members and may be falling into the group for the first time.

  15. DETERMINING THE NATURE OF THE EXTENDED H I STRUCTURE AROUND LITTLE THINGS DWARF GALAXY NGC 1569

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    Johnson, Megan

    2013-06-15

    This work presents an extended, neutral hydrogen emission map around Magellanic-type dwarf irregular galaxy (dIm) NGC 1569. In the spring of 2010, the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope was used to map a 9 Degree-Sign Multiplication-Sign 2 Degree-Sign region in H I line emission that includes NGC 1569 and IC 342 as well as two other dwarf galaxies. The primary objective for these observations was to search for structures potentially connecting NGC 1569 with IC 342 group members in order to trace previous interactions and thus, provide an explanation for the starburst and peculiar kinematics prevalent in NGC 1569. A large, half-degree diameter H I cloud was detected that shares the same position and velocity as NGC 1569. Also, two long structures were discovered that are reminiscent of intergalactic filaments extending out in a V-shaped manner from NGC 1569 toward UGCA 92, a nearby dwarf galaxy. These filamentary structures extend for about 1. Degree-Sign 5, which is 77 kpc at NGC 1569. There is a continuous velocity succession with the 0. Degree-Sign 5 H I cloud, filaments, and main body of the galaxy. The 0. Degree-Sign 5 H I cloud and filamentary structures may be foreground Milky Way, but are suggestive as possible remnants of an interaction between NGC 1569 and UGCA 92. The data also show two tidal tails extending from UGCA 86 and IC 342, respectively. These structures may be part of a continuous H I bridge but more data are needed to determine if this is the case.

  16. What produces the extended LINER-type emission in the NUGA galaxy NGC 5850?

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    Bremer, M.; Scharwächter, J.; Eckart, A.; Valencia-S., M.; Zuther, J.; Combes, F.; Garcia-Burillo, S.; Fischer, S.

    2013-10-01

    Context. The role of low ionization nuclear emission region (LINER) galaxies within the picture of active galactic nuclei (AGN) has been controversial. It is still not clear whether they host an AGN in a low accretion mode or whether they are not active at all but are instead dominated by alternative ionization mechanisms, namely shocks, winds/outflows, or photoionization by a post-asymptotic giant branch (p-AGB) stellar population. The detection of extended LINER-like emission was often taken as evidence of ionization by stellar components, but this has not been undisputed. Aims: Using optical spectroscopy, we examine the possible ionization mechanisms responsible for the extended LINER-like emission in the central ~4 kpc of NGC 5850. Methods: We performed integral field spectroscopic observations using VIMOS at the VLT, which provides spatially-resolved spectra for the gas emission and the stellar continuum. We subtract the underlying stellar continuum from the galaxy spectra and fit the emission lines. With these methods, we derive and analyze emission line and kinematic maps. Emission line ratio maps are examined by means of diagnostic diagrams. Results: The central few kpc of NGC 5850 are dominated by extended LINER-like emission. The emission-line ratios that are sensitive to the ionization parameter increase with radial distance to the nucleus. The LINER-like region is surrounded by emission that is classed as "composite" in terms of diagnostic diagrams. Two star-forming (SF) regions are present in the 21″ × 19″ field of view. One of them is located approximately in the ring, surrounding the kinematically decoupled core. The second one is close to the nucleus and is the origin of a region of decreased emission line ratios oriented radially outwards. We find the interstellar gas to have a complex kinematic morphology and to have areas of steep velocity gradients. Conclusions: The extended LINER-like emission in NGC 5850 is dominated by ionization from

  17. NICMOS FINDS A GOLDEN RING AT THE HEART OF A GALAXY

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    2002-01-01

    The revived Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has pierced the dusty disk of the 'edge-on' galaxy NGC 4013 and peered all the way to the galactic core. To the surprise of astronomers, NICMOS found a brilliant band-like structure, that may be a ring of newly formed stars [yellow band in middle photo] seen edge-on. In the visible-light view of the galaxy [top photo], the star-forming ring cannot be seen because it is embedded in dust. The most prominent feature in the visible-light image -- taken by the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) -- is the thin, dark band of gas and dust, which is about 500 light-years thick. NICMOS enables the Hubble telescope to see in near-infrared wavelengths of light, so that it can penetrate the dust that obscures the inner hub of the galaxy. The ring-like structure spied by NICMOS encircles the core and is about 720 light-years wide, which is the typical size of most star-forming rings found in disk galaxies. The small ring is churning out stars at a torrid pace. The Milky Way Galaxy, for example, is more than 10,000 times larger than the ring. If the Milky Way produced stars at the same rate, it would be making 1,000 times more stars a year. The human eye cannot see infrared light, so colors have been assigned to correspond with near-infrared wavelengths. The blue light represents shorter near-infrared wavelengths and the red light corresponds to longer wavelengths. The ring-like structure is seen more clearly in the photo at bottom. This picture, taken with a filter sensitive to hydrogen, shows the glow of stars and gas. Astronomers used this information to calculate the rate of star formation in the ring-like structure. The extremely bright star near the center of each picture is a nearby foreground star belonging to our own Milky Way. Rings of developing stars are common in barred spiral galaxies, which have 'bars' of stars and gas slicing across their disks. The

  18. VLA Discovers Giant Rings Around Galaxy Cluster

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    2006-11-01

    Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope have discovered giant, ring-like structures around a cluster of galaxies. The discovery provides tantalizing new information about how such galaxy clusters are assembled, about magnetic fields in the vast spaces between galaxy clusters, and possibly about the origin of cosmic rays. Radio-Optical Image of Cluster Galaxy Cluster Abell 3376 (Radio/Optical) CREDIT: Joydeep Bagchi, IUCAA, NRAO/AUI/NSF Above, a combined radio/optical image shows the galaxy cluster Abell 3376 in visible light (blue) and radio (red) images. The giant radio arcs surrounding the cluster were discovered using the Very Large Array. The visible-light image is from the Digitized Sky survey. Below, an X-ray image of Abell 3376 made using the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton telescope shows a spectacular, bullet-shaped region of X-rays coming from gas heated to 60 million degrees Kelvin. The bullet shape results from the supersonic collision of a smaller smaller galaxy subcluster with the main body of the larger cluster. Click on images for larger version. X-Ray Image of Cluster Galaxy Cluster Abell 3376 (X-Ray) CREDIT: Joydeep Bagchi, IUCAA, ESA "These giant, radio-emitting rings probably are the result of shock waves caused by violent collisions of smaller groups of galaxies within the cluster," said Joydeep Bagchi, of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune, India, who led an international research team. The scientists reported their findings in the November 3 edition of the journal Science. The newly-discovered ring segments, some 6 million light-years across, surround a galaxy cluster called Abell 3376, more than 600 million light-years from Earth. They were revealed because fast-moving electrons emitted radio waves as they spiraled around magnetic field lines in intergalactic space. "Even from this large distance, the feeble radio waves were easily picked up by the VLA

  19. Rapid x-ray variability from the Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 4051

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    Marshall, F.E.; Holt, S.S.; Mushotzky, R.F.; Becker, R.H.

    1983-06-15

    Strong variable x-ray emission from the nearby low-luminosity Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 4051 has been discovered during observations with the imaging proportional counter (IPC) of the Einstein Observatory. During one 2304 s observation, the x-ray flux more than doubled in an approximately linear fashion, and a 70% increase for 150 s was seen during another 968 s observation. We present evidence that the x-ray spectrum of NGC 4051 is unusually soft compared with Seyfert 1 galaxies or OSOs. The emission mechanism is probably not synchrotron or synchrotron self-Compton, but the emission can be plausibly explained by various black hole accretion models.

  20. The `shook up' galaxy NGC 3079: the complex interplay between H I, activity and environment

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    Shafi, N.; Oosterloo, T. A.; Morganti, R.; Colafrancesco, S.; Booth, R.

    2015-12-01

    We present deep neutral hydrogen (H I) observations of the starburst/Seyfert galaxy NGC 3079 and its environment, obtained with the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope. Our observations reveal previously unknown components, both in H I emission and in absorption, that show that NGC 3079 is going through a hectic phase in its evolution. The H I disc appears much more extended than previously observed and is morphologically and kinematically lopsided on all scales with evidence for strong non-circular motions in the central regions. Our data reveal prominent gas streams encircling the entire galaxy suggesting strong interaction with its neighbours. A 33 kpc long H I bridge is detected between NGC 3079 and MCG 9-17-9, likely caused by ram-pressure stripping of MGC 9-17-9 by the halo of hot gas of NGC 3079. The cometary H I tail of the companion NGC 3073, earlier discovered by Irwin et al., extends about twice as long in our data, while a shorter, second tail is also found. This tail is likely caused by ram-pressure stripping by the strong, starburst-driven wind coming from NGC 3079. We also detect, in absorption, a nuclear H I outflow extending to velocities well outside what expected for gravitational motion. This is likely an atomic counterpart of the well-studied outflow of ionized gas present in this galaxy. This may indicate that also large amounts of cold gas are blown out of NGC 3079 by the starburst/AGN. Our estimates of the jet energy and kinetic power suggest that both the AGN and the starburst in NGC 3079 are powerful enough to drive the atomic outflow.

  1. Triple Scoop from Galaxy Hunter

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    2006-01-01

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    Silver Dollar Galaxy: NGC 253 (figure 1) Located 10 million light-years away in the southern constellation Sculptor, the Silver Dollar galaxy, or NGC 253, is one of the brightest spiral galaxies in the night sky. In this edge-on view from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer, the wisps of blue represent relatively dustless areas of the galaxy that are actively forming stars. Areas of the galaxy with a soft golden glow indicate regions where the far-ultraviolet is heavily obscured by dust particles.

    Gravitational Dance: NGC 1512 and NGC 1510 (figure 2) In this image, the wide ultraviolet eyes of NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer show spiral galaxy NGC 1512 sitting slightly northwest of elliptical galaxy NGC 1510. The two galaxies are currently separated by a mere 68,000 light-years, leading many astronomers to suspect that a close encounter is currently in progress.

    The overlapping of two tightly wound spiral arm segments makes up the light blue inner ring of NGC 1512. Meanwhile, the galaxy's outer spiral arm is being distorted by strong gravitational interactions with NGC 1510.

    Galaxy Trio: NGC 5566, NGC 5560, and NGC 5569 (figure 3) NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows a triplet of galaxies in the Virgo cluster: NGC 5560 (top galaxy), NGC 5566 (middle galaxy), and NGC 5569 (bottom galaxy).

    The inner ring in NGC 5566 is formed by two nearly overlapping bright arms, which themselves spring from the ends of a central bar. The bar is not visible in ultraviolet because it consists of older stars or low mass stars that do not emit energy at ultraviolet wavelengths. The outer disk of NGC 5566 appears warped, and the disk of NGC 5560 is clearly disturbed. Unlike its galactic neighbors, the disk of NGC 5569 does not appear to have been distorted by any passing

  2. The isolated interacting galaxy pair NGC 5426/27 (Arp 271)

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    Fuentes-Carrera, I.; Rosado, M.; Amram, P.; Dultzin-Hacyan, D.; Cruz-González, I.; Salo, H.; Laurikainen, E.; Bernal, A.; Ambrocio-Cruz, P.; Le Coarer, E.

    2004-02-01

    We present Hα observations of the isolated interacting galaxy pair NGC 5426/27 using the scanning Fabry-Perot interferometer PUMA. The velocity field, various kinematical parameters and rotation curve for each galaxy were derived. The FWHM map and the residual velocities map were also computed to study the role of non-circular motions of the gas. Most of these motions can be associated with the presence of spiral arms and structure such as central bars. We found a small bar-like structure in NGC 5426, a distorted velocity field for NGC 5427 and a bridge-like feature between both galaxies which seems to be associated with NGC 5426. Using the observed rotation curves, a range of possible masses was computed for each galaxy. These were compared with the orbital mass of the pair derived from the relative motion of the participants. The rotation curve of each galaxy was also used to fit different mass distribution models considering the most common theoretical dark halo models. An analysis of the interaction process is presented and a possible 3D scenario for this encounter is also suggested. Table 1 is only available in electronic form at http://www.edpsciences.org

  3. The SLUGGS survey: chromodynamical modelling of the lenticular galaxy NGC 1023

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    Cortesi, Arianna; Chies-Santos, Ana L.; Pota, Vincenzo; Foster, Caroline; Coccato, Lodovico; Mendes de Oliveira, Claudia; Forbes, Duncan A.; Merrifield, Michael M.; Bamford, Steven P.; Romanowsky, Aaron J.; Brodie, Jean P.; Kartha, Sreeja S.; Alabi, Adebusola B.; Proctor, Robert N.; Almeida, Andres

    2016-03-01

    Globular clusters (GCs) can be considered discrete, long-lived, dynamical tracers that retain crucial information about the assembly history of their parent galaxy. In this paper, we present a new catalogue of GC velocities and colours for the lenticular galaxy NGC 1023, we study their kinematics and spatial distribution, in comparison with the underlying stellar kinematics and surface brightness profile, and we test a new method for studying GC properties. Specifically, we decompose the galaxy light into its spheroid (assumed to represent the bulge+halo components) and disc components and use it to assign to each GC a probability of belonging to one of the two components. Then we model the galaxy kinematics, assuming a disc and spheroidal component, using planetary nebulae and integrated stellar light. We use this kinematic model and the probability previously obtained from the photometry to recalculate for each GC its likelihood of being associated with the disc, the spheroid, or neither. We find that the reddest GCs are likely to be associated with the disc, as found for faint fuzzies in this same galaxy, suggesting that the disc of this S0 galaxy originated at z ≃ 2. The majority of blue GCs are found likely to be associated with the spheroidal (hot) component. The method also allows us to identify objects that are unlikely to be in equilibrium with the system. In NGC 1023 some of the rejected GCs form a substructure in phase space that is connected with NGC 1023 companion galaxy.

  4. Midlife Crises in Dwarf Galaxies in the NGC 5353/4 Group

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    Tully, R. Brent; Trentham, Neil

    2008-04-01

    This third paper in a series about the dwarf galaxy populations in groups within the Local Supercluster concerns the intermediate mass (2.1 × 1013 M sun) NGC 5353/4 Group with a core dominated by S0 systems and a periphery of mostly spiral systems. Dwarf galaxies are strongly concentrated toward the core. The mass-to-light ratio M/LR = 105 M sun/L sun is a factor of 3 lower than for the two groups studied earlier in the series. The properties of the group suggest it is much less dynamically evolved than those two groups of early-type galaxies. By comparison, the NGC 5353/4 Group lacks superluminous systems but has a large fraction of intermediate-luminosity galaxies; or equivalently, a luminosity function with a flatter faint-end slope. The luminosity function for the NGC 5353/4 Group should steepen as the intermediate-luminosity galaxies merge. Evidence for the ongoing collapse of the group is provided by the unusually large incidence of star-formation activity in small galaxies with early morphological types. The pattern in the distribution of galaxies with activity suggests a succession of infall events. Residual gas in dwarfs that enter the group is used up in sputtering events. The resolution of midlife crises is exhaustion.

  5. The ALMA and HST Views of the Molecular Gas and Star Formation in the Prototypical Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1097

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    Sheth, Kartik; Regan, Michael W.; Kim, Taehyun; Kohno, Kotaro; Martin, Sergio; Villard, Eric; Onishi, Kyoko

    2016-01-01

    We mapped the entire inner disk of NGC 1097 (the circumnuclear ring, bar ends, the bar and inner spiral arms) using ALMA in the CO J=1-0 line at resolution of 1" (~65 pc). We also mapped the northern half of the bar in every other common molecular gas tracer at 3mm (HCN, HCO+, C18O, 13CO, C34S). Together these data provide the most detailed and highest resolution map of the molecular gas distribution and kinematics in a nearby barred spiral, rivalling the incredible maps seen for galaxies like M51 in the northern hemisphere. The data show the impact of the different environments in the galaxy as well as evidence for a multi-phased molecular medium. The data also evidence how the shear induced by the bar shock completely inhibits the star formation activity in the inner ends of the bar (clearly showing an anti-correlation between the strength of the CO line emission and Halpha emission). We will also present multiwavelength HST observations of the galaxy which are used to identify and map star clusters across the inner disk of the galaxy. We use these data to understand how star formation proceeds from one environment to the next across the galaxy.

  6. The IR properties of ringed galaxies and the IRAS database

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    Buta, Ronald J.; Crocker, Deborah A.

    1993-01-01

    Our study of the Infrared Astronomy Satellite (IRAS) properties of ringed galaxies has been largely successful. We have identified what we think is the probable cause of the differences in the IRAS properties among non-interacting barred galaxies as the pattern speed of the bar. The key to identifying this parameter has been our focusing the study on outer-ringed galaxies where we know precisely what is present in the central regions (from available BVI CCD images in our library of images). The theory is that outer rings, through their morphology and other characteristics, can be identified with the outer Lindblad resonance, one of the major resonances in galaxy structure. Using a library of n-body simulations for comparison, we can reliably infer both low and high pattern speed galaxies from the appearance of outer rings and the existence of other ring features. It is clear that in some barred galaxies, the bar pattern speed is high enough to avoid an inner Lindblad resonance, hence such objects do not contain nuclear or circumnuclear star formation. The IRAS observations are most sensitive to nuclear star formation in early-type barred galaxies, and will thus select those barred galaxies where the pattern speed is low enough to allow an inner Lindblad resonance to exist. High pattern speed barred galaxies therefore weaken the correlation between bars and infrared excess. This finding helps to reconcile the inconsistent results found between different studies on the correlation between bars and far-IR emission.

  7. Suppression of star formation in the galaxy NGC 253 by a starburst-driven molecular wind

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    Warren, Steven R.; Bolatto, A. D.; Leroy, A. K.; Walter, F.; Veilleux, S.; Ostriker, E. C.; Ott, J.; Zwaan, M.; Fisher, D. B.; Weiss, A.; Rosolowsky, E.; Hodge, J.

    2014-01-01

    We present Atacama Large (Sub)Millimeter Array (ALMA) CO (J=1-0) observations of the nearby, nuclear starburst galaxy NGC 253. NGC 253 is host to a "superwind" emanating from the central ~200 pc. Galaxy superwinds are thought to help shape the galactic mass function, play a critical role in galaxy evolution, and pollute the intergalactic medium with heavy metals. Detailed studies of nearby systems frequently focus on the warm or hot phases of the wind, visible in X-ray or Halpha emission. However, most of the mass in the outflowing material is thought to be in the form of neutral atomic and molecular gas. We use the observed CO luminosities and velocities to estimate the mass, mass loss rate, and energetics of the molecular wind. We compute an outflow mass of M_mo 6.6x10^6 Msun. The observed projected velocities of the CO filaments range from ~30-60 km s^-1 resulting in a mass loss rate of ~9 Msun yr^-1. The nuclear region of NGC 253 has a star formation rate of ~3 Msun yr^-1 resulting in a mass loading parameter 1-3. It is not immediately clear if the outflowing gas will escape the halo or eventually rain back onto the disk. What is clear is that NGC 253 will exhaust its nuclear star forming gas in ~60-120 Myr at its current mass loss rate, cementing the superwind as an important contributor in the evolution of NGC 253.

  8. The inner regions of the spiral galaxy NGC 3310 - Evidence for galactic cannibalism

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    Balick, B.; Heckman, T.

    1981-03-01

    High resolution optical and radio images of the inner regions of NGC 3310 are presented. Subtle but important differences exist in the distributions of the stellar continuum on the one hand and the ionized gas and high energy particles on the other. These data and others suggest that a galaxy-galaxy collision has lead to a major disruption in the inner regions which has not yet fully relaxed even at radii of 0.5-1 kpc where the relaxation time scales are only 10 to the power 7.8 yr. An encounter in which an Irr 1 galaxy is being cannibalized by NGC 3110 provides a scenario for the recent history of the galaxy which is in accord with published observations.

  9. AM 2217-490: A polar ring galaxy under construction

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    Freitas-Lemes, P.; Rodrigues, I.; Faúndez-Abans, M.; Dors, O.

    2014-10-01

    This work is part of a series of case studies of Polar Ring Galaxies (PRGs) (see also Posters GAL-1: 163, GAL-2: 178). A PRG is formed by an early type host galaxy (e.g. lenticular or elliptical), surrounded by a ring of gas and stars orbiting approximately at the polar plane of the host galaxy. AM2217-490 is an interesting case of PRG in formation, with a still asymmetrical ring that surrounds the host galaxy. Apparently, this bluish structure (characteristic of the rings of PRGs), is not yet in equilibrium with the host galaxy. This study is based on spectra on the range 6250-7250 Å obtained with the CTIO 1.5 m telescope - Chile. From them, we measure a heliocentric radial velocity of 9152± 18 km/s. The value of the ionization parameter (log U = -3.5) is similar to that in interacting galaxies (Freitas-Lemes et al. 2013, submitted to MNRAS; and Krabbe et al. 2013, MNRAS Accepted), and lower than that of isolated ones. The electron density shows little variation along the major axis of the host galaxy, and a mean value typical of interacting galaxies. Diagnostic diagrams show that the nuclear region harbors an AGN, following a trend among polar ring galaxies. The low-resolution images of the SDSS show no tails or bridges connecting the galaxy to other objects, however, in a radius of 5 arcmin there are three other galaxies with similar speeds, featuring a group. A plausible hypothesis is that one of these galaxies may have interacted with AM2217-490, donating material to form the ring.

  10. STAR FORMATION RATES IN RESOLVED GALAXIES: CALIBRATIONS WITH NEAR- AND FAR-INFRARED DATA FOR NGC 5055 AND NGC 6946

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    Li Yiming; Crocker, Alison F.; Calzetti, Daniela; Wilson, Christine D.; Kennicutt, Robert C.; Galametz, M.; Murphy, Eric J.; Brandl, Bernhard R.; Groves, B.; Draine, B. T.; Johnson, B. D.; Armus, L.; Gordon, K. D.; Croxall, K.; Dale, D. A.; Engelbracht, C. W.; Hinz, J.; Hao, C.-N.; Helou, G.; Hunt, L. K.; and others

    2013-05-10

    We use the near-infrared Br{gamma} hydrogen recombination line as a reference star formation rate (SFR) indicator to test the validity and establish the calibration of the Herschel/PACS 70 {mu}m emission as a SFR tracer for sub-galactic regions in external galaxies. Br{gamma} offers the double advantage of directly tracing ionizing photons and of being relatively insensitive to the effects of dust attenuation. For our first experiment, we use archival Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Br{gamma} and Ks images of two nearby galaxies: NGC 5055 and NGC 6946, which are also part of the Herschel program KINGFISH (Key Insights on Nearby Galaxies: a Far-Infrared Survey with Herschel). We use the extinction corrected Br{gamma} emission to derive the SFR(70) calibration for H II regions in these two galaxies. A comparison of the SFR(70) calibrations at different spatial scales, from 200 pc to the size of the whole galaxy, reveals that about 50% of the total 70 {mu}m emission is due to dust heated by stellar populations that are unrelated to the current star formation. We use a simple model to qualitatively relate the increase of the SFR(70) calibration coefficient with decreasing region size to the star formation timescale. We provide a calibration for an unbiased SFR indicator that combines the observed H{alpha} with the 70 {mu}m emission, also for use in H II regions. We briefly analyze the PACS 100 and 160 {mu}m maps and find that longer wavelengths are not as good SFR indicators as 70 {mu}m, in agreement with previous results. We find that the calibrations show about 50% difference between the two galaxies, possibly due to effects of inclination.

  11. The 0.3-30 keV spectra of Powerful Starburst Galaxies: NuSTAR and Chandra observations ofNGC 3256 and NGC 3310

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    Tyler, Joshua; Lehmer, Bret; Hornschemeier, Ann E.; Yukita, Mihoko; Wik, Daniel R.; Ptak, Andrew; Stern, Daniel; Harrison, Fiona; Maccarone, Tom; Zezas, Andreas; Antoniou, Vallia; NuSTAR Starburst Team

    2015-01-01

    We present nearly simultaneous Chandra and NuSTAR observations of two actively star-forming galaxies: NGC 3256 and NGC 3310. The NuSTAR galaxy-wide spectra of both galaxies follow steep power law distributions, similar to the spectra of bright individual ultra-luminous X-ray sources (ULXs) that have been studied by NuSTAR. The X-ray emission from both galaxies is spatially resolved by Chandra, which indicates that hot gas dominates the E < 1 - 3 keV emission, while ULXs make up a majority of the emission at E > 1-3 keV. Using new and archival Chandra data we found that both galaxies have candidate AGNs coincident with nuclear regions. However, the steep NuSTAR spectra of both galaxies restricts these candidates to be low luminosity AGN, and a non-AGN nature cannot be ruled out. We find the average 0.3 -30 keV SFR-normalized spectra of NGC 3256 and NGC 3310, combined with equivalent measurements for M83 and NGC 253, show sharpening power-law slopes at energies above 3 - 6 keV due to ULX populations. Our observations therefore constrain the average spectral shape of an unbiased population of ULXs to be similar to the super-Eddington accreting ULXs that have been studied by NuSTAR. We also find that for NGC 3310, there is a factor of 5 times excess X-ray emission, due to an overabundance of ULXs in the galaxy compared to typical galaxies. We argue that the excess is due to the relatively low metallicity of the young stellar population in the galaxy.

  12. UBVRI simultaneous observations of the nucleus of Seyfert galaxy NGC 5548 in 1993-1999

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    Merkulova, N. I.

    2002-05-01

    An ongoing program on photometric and spectral monitoring of some bright Seyfert galaxies has been carried out at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory since 1989. Results of photometric observations of NGC 5548 obtained with the 1.25 m telescope are reported in this paper; it focuses on the analysis of intranight variations. During 44 observational nights in 1993-1999 in each spectral band of the Johnson UBVRI system, 672 measurements have been performed simultaneously through the round aperture (diameter 15\\arcsec) using differential photometry techniques. The estimated accuracy of each measurement is about 0.01 mag. The peak amplitude R_max = Fmax /Fmin = 2.99 for the whole light curve was observed in the U band, while the minimum amplitude Fmax /Fmin =1.37 occurred in the I band during the full observation period. UBVRI observations and good sampled data of international monitoring campaigns of NGC 5548, were used to calculate Structure Functions. A comparison is made of the characteristics of the long and short time scale variations of NGC 5548 with those of NGC 4151, NGC 7469 and NGC 1275. In order to examine the intranight variations of the nucleus of NGC 5548, standard deviations (SD) of the nightly averaged flux F, and a measure of intranight variability - SD/F were calculated for each night. Using this parameter, a probability characteristics is introduced, and duty cycles (the fraction of time when the galaxy is variable), characterizing the efficiency of the central energy source, were evaluated. It is concluded that intranight variability is really transient in character and manifests itself with different probabilities for different galaxies.

  13. VERITAS UPPER LIMIT ON THE VERY HIGH ENERGY EMISSION FROM THE RADIO GALAXY NGC 1275

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    Acciari, V. A.; Benbow, W.; Aliu, E.; Boltuch, D.; Arlen, T.; Celik, O.; Aune, T.; Bautista, M.; Cogan, P.; Beilicke, M.; Buckley, J. H.; Bugaev, V.; Dickherber, R.; Bradbury, S. M.; Byrum, K.; Cannon, A.; Cesarini, A.; Ciupik, L.; Cui, W.; Duke, C.

    2009-12-01

    The recent detection by the Fermi gamma-ray space telescope of high-energy gamma-rays from the radio galaxy NGC 1275 makes the observation of the very high energy (VHE: E>100 GeV) part of its broadband spectrum particularly interesting, especially for the understanding of active galactic nuclei with misaligned multi-structured jets. The radio galaxy NGC 1275 was recently observed by VERITAS at energies above 100 GeV for about 8 hr. No VHE gamma-ray emission was detected by VERITAS from NGC 1275. A 99% confidence level upper limit of 2.1% of the Crab Nebula flux level is obtained at the decorrelation energy of approximately 340 GeV, corresponding to 19% of the power-law extrapolation of the Fermi Large Area Telescope result.

  14. MAXI/GSC detection of the historically brightest flares from the Sy2 galaxy NGC 2992

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    Negoro, H.; Ueno, S.; Tomida, H.; Nakahira, S.; Ishikawa, M.; Nakagawa, Y. E.; Sugawara, Y.; Mihara, T.; Sugizaki, M.; Serino, M.; Iwakiri, W.; Shidatsu, M.; Sugimoto, J.; Takagi, T.; Matsuoka, M.; Kawai, N.; Isobe, N.; Sugita, S.; Yoshii, T.; Tachibana, Y.; Ono, Y.; Fujiwara, T.; Yoshida, A.; Sakamoto, T.; Kawakubo, Y.; Kitaoka, Y.; Tsunemi, H.; Shomura, R.; Nakajima, M.; Tanaka, K.; Masumitsu, T.; Kawase, T.; Ueda, Y.; Kawamuro, T.; Hori, T.; Tanimoto, A.; Tsuboi, Y.; Nakamura, Y.; Sasaki, R.; Yamauchi, M.; Furuya, K.; Yamaoka, K.

    2016-06-01

    At 10:02 UT on 2016 June 2, the MAXI/GSC nova-alert system (Negoro et al. 2016, PASJ, 68, SP1, A1) triggered on faint X-ray enhancement positionally consistent with a nearby Seyfert 1.9 galaxy NGC 2992.

  15. Radio continuum observations of the quasar-galaxy pair 3C 232-NGC 3067

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    Haxthausen, Eric; Carilli, Chris; Vangorkom, Jacqueline H.

    1990-01-01

    The quasar-galaxy pair 3C 232-NGC 3067 is well known to show absorption by gas associated with the foreground galaxy against the background quasar (see Stocke et al. this volume). Observations by Carilli, van Gorkom, and Stocke (Nature 338, 134, 1989) found that the absorbing gas is located in a long tail of gas which extends from the galaxy toward the quasar and beyond (in projection). Though the HI observations of NGC 3067 indicate that the galaxy has been severely disturbed, there is no obvious candidate in the field which could cause such a disturbance, leading to the conclusion that the system has undergone a recent merger. The radio continuum observations of this system were designed to study the nature of this highly disturbed galaxy. New continuum observations confirm the notion that NGC 3067 is a highly disturbed system, and, in particular, the notion that the western half of the galaxy extends only 1/2 as far in radius as the eastern half. This disturbance must have occurred recently, since the galactic rotation would smooth out the observed asymmetry in about 10(exp 8) years. Researchers are left with the problem that there are no obvious candidates which could have caused such a disturbance.

  16. ROSAT PSPC observations of two X-ray-faint early-type galaxies: NGC 4365 and NGC 4382

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    Fabbiano, G.; Kim, D.-W.; Trinchieri, G.

    1994-01-01

    We present the results of ROSAT Positive Sensitive Proportional Counter (PSPC) observations of the two early-type galaxies NGC 4365 and NGC 4382. These galaxies are among those observed with Einstein to have the lowest X-ray to optical flux ratios of early-type galaxies. The PSCP data show that for radii r greater than 50 arcsec the radial distributions of the X-ray surface brightness are consistent with the optical distributions of King (1978). We also find that these galaxies have X-ray spectra significantly different from those observed in X-ray-bright ellipticals, with a relative excess of counts detected in the softest spectral channels. This confirms earlier Einstein results. The characteristics of the ROSAT PSPC do not allow us to discriminate between possible spectral models. If we adopt a two-component thermal model on the grounds of physical plausibility, we find that the spectral data can be fitted with a very soft optically thin component, with kT approximately 0.2 keV, and a hard component with kT greater than (1.0-1.5) keV. The hard component has a luminosity consistent with that expected from the integrated emission of a population of low mass-X-ray binaries in these galaxies; the nature of the very soft component is more speculative. Candidates include the coronal emission of late-type stars, supersoft X-ray sources, RS CVn, and perhaps a hot Interstellar Medium (ISM). Alternatively, the spectal data may be fitted with a 0.6-1 keV bremsstrahlung spectrum (expontential plus Gaunt), and may suggest the presence of a totally new population of X-ray sources.

  17. Red giants in the outer halo of the elliptical galaxy NGC 5128/Centaurus A

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    Bird, Sarah A.; Flynn, Chris; Harris, William E.; Valtonen, Mauri

    2015-03-01

    We used VIMOS on VLT to perform V and I band imaging of the outermost halo of NGC 5128/Centaurus A ((m - M)0 = 27.91±0.08), 65 kpc from the galaxy's center and along the major axis. The stellar population has been resolved to I0 ≈ 27 with a 50% completeness limit of I0 = 24.7, well below the tip of the red-giant branch (TRGB), which is seen at I0 ≈ 23.9. The surface density of NGC 5128 halo stars in our fields was sufficiently low that dim, unresolved background galaxies were a major contaminant in the source counts. We isolated a clean sample of red-giant-branch (RGB) stars extending to ≈0.8 mag below the TRGB through conservative magnitude and color cuts, to remove the (predominantly blue) unresolved background galaxies. We derived stellar metallicities from colors of the stars via isochrones and measured the density falloff of the halo as a function of metallicity by combining our observations with HST imaging taken of NGC 5128 halo fields closer to the galaxy center. We found both metal-rich and metal-poor stellar populations and found that the falloff of the two follows the same de Vaucouleurs' law profiles from ≈8 kpc out to ≈70 kpc. The metallicity distribution function (MDF) and the density falloff agree with the results of two recent studies of similar outermost halo fields in NGC 5128. We found no evidence of a "transition" in the radial profile of the halo, in which the metal-rich halo density would drop rapidly, leaving the underlying metal-poor halo to dominate by default out to greater radial extent, as has been seen in the outer halo of two other large galaxies. If NGC 5128 has such a transition, it must lie at larger galactocentric distances.

  18. Globular cluster scale sizes in giant galaxies: orbital anisotropy and tidally underfilling clusters in M87, NGC 1399 and NGC 5128

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    Webb, Jeremy J.; Sills, Alison; Harris, William E.; Gómez, Matías; Paolillo, Maurizio; Woodley, Kristin A.; Puzia, Thomas H.

    2016-08-01

    We investigate the shallow increase in globular cluster half-light radii with projected galactocentric distance Rgc observed in the giant galaxies M87, NGC 1399, and NGC 5128. To model the trend in each galaxy, we explore the effects of orbital anisotropy and tidally underfilling clusters. While a strong degeneracy exists between the two parameters, we use kinematic studies to help constrain the distance Rβ beyond which cluster orbits become anisotropic, as well as the distance Rfα beyond which clusters are tidally underfilling. For M87 we find Rβ > 27 kpc and 20 < Rfα < 40 kpc and for NGC 1399 Rβ > 13 kpc and 10 < Rfα < 30 kpc. The connection of Rfα with each galaxy's mass profile indicates the relationship between size and Rgc may be imposed at formation, with only inner clusters being tidally affected. The best-fitting models suggest the dynamical histories of brightest cluster galaxies yield similar present-day distributions of cluster properties. For NGC 5128, the central giant in a small galaxy group, we find Rβ > 5 kpc and Rfα > 30 kpc. While we cannot rule out a dependence on Rgc, NGC 5128 is well fitted by a tidally filling cluster population with an isotropic distribution of orbits, suggesting it may have formed via an initial fast accretion phase. Perturbations from the surrounding environment may also affect a galaxy's orbital anisotropy profile, as outer clusters in M87 and NGC 1399 have primarily radial orbits while outer NGC 5128 clusters remain isotropic.

  19. Velocity dispersions in galaxies. I - The E7 galaxy NGC 7332.

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    Morton, D. C.; Chevalier, R. A.

    1972-01-01

    A coude spectrum of the E7 galaxy NGC 7332 with 0.9 A-resolution from 4186 to 4364 A was obtained with the Princeton SEC vidicon television camera and the Hale telescope. Comparisons with spectra of G and K giant stars, numerically broadened for various Maxwellian velocity distributions, give a dispersion velocity in the line of sight of 160 (plus or minus 20) km/sec with the best fit at G8 III. The dispersion appears to be constant within plus or minus 35 km/sec out to 1.4 kpc. After correction for projection, the rotation curve has a slope of 0.18 km/sec per pc at the center and a velocity of 130 km/sec at 1.4 kpc where it is still increasing. For an estimated effective radius of 3.5 kpc enclosing half the light, the virial theorem gives a mass of 140 billion solar masses if the mass-to-light ratio is constant throughout the galaxy.

  20. INTEGRAL FIELD SPECTROSCOPY AND MULTI-WAVELENGTH IMAGING OF THE NEARBY SPIRAL GALAXY NGC 5668 : AN UNUSUAL FLATTENING IN METALLICITY GRADIENT

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    Marino, R. A.; Gil de Paz, A.; Castillo-Morales, A.; Perez-Gonzalez, P. G.; Gallego, J.; Zamorano, J.; Sanchez, S. F.

    2012-07-20

    We present an analysis of the full bidimensional optical spectral cube of the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 5668, observed with the Pmas fiber PAcK Integral Field Unit (IFU) at the Calar Alto observatory 3.5 m telescope. We make use of broadband imaging to provide further constraints on the evolutionary history of the galaxy. This data set will allow us to improve our understanding of the mechanisms that drive the evolution of disks. We investigated the properties of 62 H II regions and concentric rings in NGC 5668 and derived maps in ionized-gas attenuation and chemical (oxygen) abundances. We find that while inward of r {approx}36'' {approx} 4.4 kpc {approx} 0.36 (D{sub 25}/2) the derived O/H ratio follows the radial gradient typical of spiral galaxies, the abundance gradient beyond r {approx} 36'' flattens out. The analysis of the multi-wavelength surface brightness profiles of NGC 5668 is performed by fitting these profiles with those predicted by chemo-spectrophotometric evolutionary models of galaxy disks. From this, we infer a spin and circular velocity of {lambda} = 0.053 and v{sub c} = 167 km s{sup -1}, respectively. The metallicity gradient and rotation curve predicted by this best-fitting galaxy model nicely match the values derived from the IFU observations, especially within r {approx}36''. The same is true for the colors despite some small offsets and a reddening in the bluest colors beyond that radius. On the other hand, deviations of some of these properties in the outer disk indicate that a secondary mechanism, possibly gas transfer induced by the presence of a young bar, must have played a role in shaping the recent chemical and star formation histories of NGC 5668.

  1. Multicolor CCD photometry of six lenticular and spiral galaxies. Structure of the galaxies

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    Gusev, A. S.

    2006-03-01

    The results of multicolor surface photometry of the S0 galaxies NGC 524, NGC 1138, and NGC 7280 and the spiral galaxies NGC 532, NGC 783, and NGC 1589 are reported. U BV RI observations were acquired with the 1.5-m telescope of the Maidanak Observatory (Uzbekistan), while JHK data were taken from the 2MASS catalog. The overall structure of the galaxies is analyzed and the galaxy images decomposed into bulge and disk components. The parameters of the galaxy components—rings, bars, spiral arms, and dust lanes—are determined. The bulge/disk decompositions based on averaged one-dimensional photometric profiles yield incorrect parameters for the bulges of the S0-Sa galaxies with bars and/or rings, whose inner regions are dominated by the radiation of the bulge.

  2. Stellar populations in local group dwarf elliptical galaxies. II - NGC 205

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    Mould, J.; Kristian, J.; Da Costa, G. S.

    1984-01-01

    NGC 205, a dwarf elliptical companion of M31, was studied using deep CCD photometry on the VRI system. Consideration is given to a comparison between the giant branch and the Galactic globular clusters, the degree of chemical enrichment in the outer parts of NGC 204, and the setting of constraints on the stellar population of NGC 205. Should the distance of the galaxy be that of M31, this field's stellar population is extremely old. If star formation in NGC 205 is a recurring phenomenon, it is confined to the interior of the galaxy. Should the stellar population of NGC 205 be as old as Galactic globular clusters, its distance modulus is 24.3 + or - 0.2. The giant branch location corresponds to a mean metallicity greater than or equal to -0.9 + or - 0.2, and a metallicity dispersion is determined to be sigma greater than or equal to 0.5 dex. Also noted is that the color distribution at a given luminosity appears to be positively skewed.

  3. Seeking large-scale magnetic fields in a pure-disk dwarf galaxy NGC 2976

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    Drzazga, R. T.; Chyży, K. T.; Heald, G. H.; Elstner, D.; Gallagher, J. S.

    2016-05-01

    Aims: It is still unknown how magnetic field-generation mechanisms could operate in low-mass dwarf galaxies. Here, we present a detailed study of a nearby pure-disk dwarf galaxy NGC 2976. Unlike previously observed dwarf objects, this galaxy possesses a clearly defined disk. We also discuss whether NGC 2976 could serve as a potential source of the intergalactic magnetic field. Methods: For the purpose of our studies, we performed deep multi-frequency polarimetric observations of NGC 2976 with the VLA and Effelsberg radio telescopes. Additionally, we supplement them with re-imaged data from the WSRT-SINGS survey for which a rotation measure (RM) synthesis was performed. A new weighting scheme for the RM synthesis algorithm, consisting of including information about the quality of data in individual frequency channels, was proposed and investigated. Application of this new weighting to the simulated data, as well as to the observed data, results in an improvement of the signal-to-noise ratio in the Faraday depth space. Results: The magnetic field morphology discovered in NGC 2976 consists of a southern polarized ridge. This structure does not seem to be due to just a pure large-scale dynamo process (possibly cosmic-ray driven) at work in this object, as indicated by the RM data and dynamo number calculations. Instead, the field of NGC 2976 is modified by past gravitational interactions and possibly also by ram pressure inside the M 81 galaxy group environment. The estimates of total (7 μG) and ordered (3 μG) magnetic field strengths, as well as degree of field order (0.46), which is similar to those observed in spirals, suggest that tidally generated magnetized gas flows can further enhance dynamo action in the object. NGC 2976 is apparently a good candidate for the efficient magnetization of its neighbourhood. It is able to provide an ordered (perhaps also regular) magnetic field into the intergalactic space up to a distance of about 5 kpc. Conclusions: Tidal

  4. Globular clusters kinematics and dynamical models of the massive early-type galaxy NGC 1399

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    Samurović, S.

    2016-06-01

    We analyze the dynamical models of the massive early-type galaxy NGC 1399, the central galaxy of the Fornax cluster. We use the sample of 790 globular clusters as tracers of gravitational potential and we first extract the kinematics, which is then dynamically modeled. We find that the velocity dispersion remains high and approximately constant throughout the whole galaxy and that the departures from the Gaussian distribution of the orbits are not large. We use the spherical Jeans equation in both Newtonian and MOND approaches, assuming three cases of orbital anisotropies: we study isotropic, tangentially and radially anisotropic models in order to establish the best-fitting values of the mass-to-light ratios. We found that in the Newtonian approximation a significant amount of dark matter is needed and that Navarro-Frenk-White (NFW) model with a dark halo provides a satisfactory description of the kinematics of NGC 1399. We tested three MOND models (standard, simple and toy) and found that none of them can provide a fit of the velocity dispersion profile without the inclusion of dark matter. Finally, using our findings, we placed the galaxy NGC 1399 within the context of other observed early-type galaxies and discuss its location among them.

  5. COLD DUST BUT WARM GAS IN THE UNUSUAL ELLIPTICAL GALAXY NGC 4125

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    Wilson, C. D.; Cridland, A.; Foyle, K.; Parkin, T. J.; Cooper, E. Mentuch; Roussel, H.; Sauvage, M.; Lebouteiller, V.; Madden, S.; Baes, M.; De Looze, I.; Bendo, G.; Boquien, M.; Boselli, A.; Ciesla, L.; Clements, D. L.; Cooray, A.; Galametz, M.; and others

    2013-10-20

    Data from the Herschel Space Observatory have revealed an unusual elliptical galaxy, NGC 4125, which has strong and extended submillimeter emission from cold dust but only very strict upper limits to its CO and H I emission. Depending on the dust emissivity, the total dust mass is 2-5 × 10{sup 6} M {sub ☉}. While the neutral gas-to-dust mass ratio is extremely low (<12-30), including the ionized gas traced by [C II] emission raises this limit to <39-100. The dust emission follows a similar r {sup 1/4} profile to the stellar light and the dust to stellar mass ratio is toward the high end of what is found in nearby elliptical galaxies. We suggest that NGC 4125 is currently in an unusual phase where evolved stars produced in a merger-triggered burst of star formation are pumping large amounts of gas and dust into the interstellar medium. In this scenario, the low neutral gas-to-dust mass ratio is explained by the gas being heated to temperatures ≥10{sup 4} K faster than the dust is evaporated. If galaxies like NGC 4125, where the far-infrared emission does not trace neutral gas in the usual manner, are common at higher redshift, this could have significant implications for our understanding of high redshift galaxies and galaxy evolution.

  6. High-energy monitoring of Seyfert galaxies: the case of NGC 5548 and NGC 4593

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    Ursini, F.

    2015-07-01

    We discuss results of broad-band monitoring programs on the active galactic nuclei (AGNs) NGC 5548 and NGC 4593, focusing on the high-energy view with XMM, NuSTAR and INTEGRAL. NGC 5548 was the object of a successful multi-satellite campaign conducted from May 2013 to February 2014, during which the source appeared unusually obscured by a clumpy stream of ionized gas, causing strong absorption in the X-ray band and simultaneous deep, broad UV absorption troughs (Kaastra et al. 2014). A talk giving an overview of the campaign on NGC 5548 is also proposed at this conference (Cappi et al.). Concerning NGC 4593, it was the object of a monitoring program of 5 × 20 ks joint XMM/NuSTAR observations in January 2015, spaced by two days. In both cases, the availability of multiple, broad-band observations with a high signal-to-noise ratio allows us to disentangle the different spectral components present in the high-energy spectrum and properly study their variability. The use of realistic Comptonization models provides good constraints on the physical parameters of the hot corona responsible for the hard X-ray emission.

  7. Extended soft X-ray emission in Seyfert galaxies: ROSAT HRI observations of NGC 3516, NGC 4151, and Markarian 3

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    Morse, Jon A.; Wilson, Andrew S.; Elvis, Martin; Weaver, Kimberly A.

    1995-01-01

    We have used the ROSAT High Resolution Imager (HRI) to examine the distribution of soft X-rays in three nearby Seyfert galaxies with approximately 4 to 5 arcsecs FWHM spatial resolution. A feature of our analysis is an attempt to remove errors in the aspect solution using a method developed by one of us (J.M.). NGC 4151 shows resolved X-ray emission that is spatially correlated with the optical extended narrow-line region (ENLR), confirming the results obtained with the Einstein HRI by Elvis, Briel, & Henry. NGC 3516 is elongated along a position angle of approximately 40 to 220 deg, similar to the direction of the Z-shaped narrow-line region. MRK 3 is very faint in our HRI image and is probably spatially unresolved. We detect the faint X-ray source approximately 2 arcmins west of the MRK 3 nucleus previously found by Turner, Urry, & Mushotzky. We also detected the BL Lac object BL 1207 + 39 approximately 5 arcmins north-northwest of NGC 4151. This object appears spatially unresolved, but some excess X-ray emission may be observed in the azimuthally averaged radial brightness profile of BL 1207 + 39 between radii of 10 arcsecs and 30 arcsecs when compared to a calibration source. A much deeper image is necessary to confirm this result.

  8. Tracing of the chemical evolution of the massive elliptical galaxy NGC 3377 using a merger scenario

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    Nykytyuk, T.

    2015-05-01

    Mergers are thought to play a significant role in the formation of galaxies in clusters. The chemical evolution of the halo of the massive elliptical galaxy NGC 3377, a member of the Leo cluster, is considered in the framework of such a merger scenario. An open chemical evolution model is set up to calculate the metallicity distributions of pre-merging fragments. The model assumes that pristine gas was accreted onto the fragments during their whole evolution before their merger. The metallicity distribution resulting from the overlay of a variable number of fragments is then compared to observational data for NGC 3377. It was found that the observed metallicity distribution function of this elliptical galaxy is reproduced by merging at least five fragments from two different groups, namely low-and high-metallicity fragments.

  9. The Environment of X-Ray Binaries in the Dwarf Starburst Galaxy NGC 1569

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    Clark, David M.; Eikenberry, Stephen S.; Raines, Steven N.

    2008-05-01

    We use deep, J and Ks observations of NGC 1569 acquired with FLAMINGOS on the KPNO 4-m to search for star cluster counterparts to X-ray binaries identified in archived Chandra images of this dwarf starburst galaxy. Performing near-IR photometry on the star cluster counterparts, we determine their colors, luminosities and masses. Comparing these results to the properties for all clusters in this galaxy, we search for trends in clusters associated with X-ray sources. Combining this study with FISICA, near-IR spectral observations, we further characterize the surroundings to X-ray binaries in NGC 1569. Contrasting this work with findings from a similar study performed on the Antennae galaxies, a large, merging system, we investigate the differences in X-ray binary environments.

  10. The Araucaria Project: Near-Infrared Photometry of Cepheid Variables in the Sculptor Galaxy NGC 55

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    Gieren, Wolfgang; Pietrzyński, Grzegorz; Soszyński, Igor; Bresolin, Fabio; Kudritzki, Rolf-Peter; Storm, Jesper; Minniti, Dante

    2008-01-01

    We have obtained deep images in the near-infrared J and K filters of four fields in the Sculptor group spiral galaxy NGC 55 with the ESO VLT and ISAAC camera. For 40 long-period Cepheid variables in these fields, which were recently discovered by Pietrzyński et al., we have determined mean J and K magnitudes from observations at two epochs, and derived distance moduli from the observed period-luminosity (PL) relations in these bands. Using these values together with the previously measured distance moduli in the optical V and I bands, we have determined a total mean reddening of the NGC 55 Cepheids of E(B - V) = 0.127 +/- 0.019 mag, which is mostly produced inside NGC 55 itself. For the true distance modulus of the galaxy, our multiwavelength analysis yields a value of 26.434 +/- 0.037 mag (random error), corresponding to a distance of 1.94 +/- 0.03 Mpc. This value is tied to an adopted true Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) distance modulus of 18.50 mag. The systematic uncertainty of our derived Cepheid distance to NGC 55 (apart from the uncertainty on the adopted LMC distance) is ±4%, with the main contribution likely to come from the effect of blending of some of the Cepheids with unresolved companion stars. The distance of NGC 55 derived from our multiwavelength Cepheid analysis agrees within the errors with the distance of NGC 300, strengthening the case for a physical association of these two Sculptor group galaxies. Based on observations obtained with the ESO VLT for Large Program 171.D-0004.

  11. The core of the nearby S0 galaxy NGC 7457 imaged with the HST planetary camera

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    Lauer, Tod R.; Faber, S. M.; Holtzman, Jon A.; Baum, William A.; Currie, Douglas G.; Ewald, S. P.; Groth, Edward J.; Hester, J. Jeff; Kelsall, T.

    1991-01-01

    A brief analysis is presented of images of the nearby S0 galaxy NGC 7457 obtained with the HST Planetary Camera. While the galaxy remains unresolved with the HST, the images reveal that any core most likely has r(c) less than 0.052 arcsec. The light distribution is consistent with a gamma = -1.0 power law inward to the resolution limit, with a possible stellar nucleus with luminosity of 10 million solar. This result represents the first observation outside the Local Group of a galaxy nucleus at this spatial resolution, and it suggests that such small, high surface brightness cores may be common.

  12. The Local Group Dwarf Irregular Galaxy NGC 6822: new insight on its star formation history .

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    Fusco, F.; Buonanno, R.; Bono, G.; Cassisi, S.; Monelli, M.; Pietrinferni, A.; Hidalgo, S. L.; Aparicio, A.

    We present a new photometric analysis of the Local Group Dwarf Irregular Galaxy NGC 6822 based on archival Hubble Space Telescope Advanced Camera for Surveys images. The data correspond to three fields covering the south-east region of the galaxy; for each field F475W and F814W HST bands are available. For each field an accurate color magnitude diagram (F814W, F475W-F814W) has been obtained. Preliminary hints on the galaxy star formation history are presented based on the comparison with isochrones from "A Bag of Stellar Tracks and Isochrones" (BaSTI) database.

  13. Multiwavelength Study of the Bright X-ray Source Population in the Interacting Galaxies NGC 5774/NGC 5775

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    Ghosh, Kajal K.; Swartz, Douglas A.; Tennant, Allyn F.; Saripalli, Lakshmi; Gandhi, Poshak; Foellmi, Cedric; Gutierrez, Carlos M.; Lopez-Corredoira, Martin

    2006-01-01

    The X-ray source population in the field of the interacting pair of galaxies NGC 5774/5775 is reported. A total of 49 discrete sources are detected, including 12 ultraluminous X-ray source candidates with lum inosities above 10(exp 39)erg/s in the 0.5 - 8.0 keV X-ray band. Several of these latter are transient X-ray sources that fall below detect ion levels in one of two X-ray observations spaced 15 months apart. X-ray source positions are mapped onto optical and radio images to sear ch for potential counterparts. Eleven sources have optically-bright c ounterparts. Optical colors are used to differentiate these sources, which are mostly located outside the optical extent of the interacting galaxies, as potential globular clusters (3 sources) and quasars (5) . Follow-up optical spectroscopy confirms two of the latter are background quasars.

  14. Near-infrared properties of asymptotic giant branch stars in nearby dwarf elliptical galaxy NGC 205

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    Jung, M. Y.; Ko, J.; Kim, J.-W.; Chun, S.-H.; Kim, H.-I.; Sohn, Y.-J.

    2012-07-01

    Aims: We investigated the distribution of resolved asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars over a much larger area than covered by previous near-infrared studies in the nearby dwarf elliptical galaxy NGC 205. Methods: Using data obtained with the WIRCam near-infrared imager of the CFHT, we selected the AGB stars in the JHKs color - magnitude diagrams, and separated the C stars from M-giant stars in the JHKs color - color diagram. Results: We identified 1,550 C stars in NGC 205 with a mean absolute magnitude of ⟨ MKs ⟩ = -7.49 ± 0.54, and colors of ⟨ (J - Ks)0 ⟩ = 1.81 ± 0.41 and ⟨ (H - Ks)0 ⟩ = 0.76 ± 0.24. The ratio of C stars to M-giant stars was estimated to be 0.15 ± 0.01 in NGC 205, and the local C/M ratios for the southern region are somewhat lower than those for the northern region. The (J - Ks) color distributions of AGB stars contain the main peak of the M-giant stars and the red tail of the C stars. A comparison of the theoretical isochrone models with the observed color distribution indicates that most of the bright M-giant stars in NGC 205 were formed at log (tyr) ~ 9.0-9.7. The logarithmic slope of the MKs luminosity function for M-giant stars was estimated to be 0.84 ± 0.01, which is comparable with dwarf elliptical galaxies NGC 147 and NGC 185. Furthermore, we found that the logarithmic slopes of the MKs luminosity function for C and M-giant stars are different to places, implying a different star formation history within NGC 205. The bolometric luminosity function for M-giant stars extends to Mbol = -6.0 mag, and that for C stars spans -5.6 < Mbol < -3.0. The bolometric luminosity function of C stars is unlikely to be a Gaussian distribution and the mean bolometric magnitude of C stars is estimated to be Mbol = -4.24 ± 0.55, which is consistent with our results for dwarf elliptical galaxies NGC 147 and NGC 185. Based on observations carried out at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, operated by the National Research Council of Canada

  15. The Mg II line profile in the Seyfert galaxy NGC 4151: A new outflowing component

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    Leech, Kieron J.; Penston, M. V.; Snijders, M. A. J.; Gull, T.

    1986-01-01

    The Mg II 2795, 2802A doublet in the Seyfert galaxy NGC 4151 was examined to search for velocity systems in absorption and emission. Evidence for a narrow, outflowing absorption system in Mg II having a velocity of +825 km/sec relative to the Sun, -165 km/sec relative to the systemic velocity of NGC 4151 is presented. This feature is not present in Ly alpha or C IV and possible explanations for this are considered. For the Mg II and C IV lines a model decomposition of the line profile is shown.

  16. The Mg II line profile in the Seyfert galaxy NGC 4151 - A new outflowing component

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    Leech, Kieron J.; Penston, M. V.; Snijders, M. A. J.; Gull, T. R.

    1987-01-01

    This paper examines the Mg II 2795-2802 A doublet in the Seyfert galaxy NGC 4151 at a higher resolution than has previously been used, searching for velocity systems in absorption and emission. Evidence is presented for a new, narrow, outflowing absorption system in Mg II having a velocity of 825 km/s relative to the sun, and -165 km/s relative to the systemic velocity of NGC 4151. This feature is not present in Ly-alpha or C IV and possible explanations for this are considered. For the Mg II and C IV lines, a model decomposition of the line profile is presented.

  17. Mapping the inner regions of the polar disk galaxy NGC 4650A with MUSE

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    Iodice, E.; Coccato, L.; Combes, F.; de Zeeuw, T.; Arnaboldi, M.; Weilbacher, P. M.; Bacon, R.; Kuntschner, H.; Spavone, M.

    2015-11-01

    The polar disk galaxy NGC 4650A was observed during the commissioning of the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) at the ESO Very Large Telescope to obtain the first 2D map of the velocity and velocity dispersion for both stars and gas. The new MUSE data allow the analysis of the structure and kinematics towards the central regions of NGC 4650A, where the two components co-exist. These regions were unexplored by the previous long-slit literature data available for this galaxy. The stellar velocity field shows that there are two main directions of rotation, one along the host galaxy major axis (PA = 67 deg) and the other along the polar disk (PA = 160 deg). The host galaxy has, on average, the typical pattern of a rotating disk, with receding velocities on the SW side and approaching velocities on the NE side, and a velocity dispersion that remains constant at all radii (σstar ~ 50-60 km s-1). The polar disk shows a large amount of differential rotation from the centre up to the outer regions, reaching V ~ 100-120 km s-1 at R ~ 75 arcsec ~ 16 kpc. Inside the host galaxy, a velocity gradient is measured along the photometric minor axis. Close to the centre, for R ≤ 2 arcsec the velocity profile of the gas suggests a decoupled component and the velocity dispersion increases up to ~110 km s-1, while at larger distances it remains almost constant (σgas ~ 30-40 km s-1). The extended view of NGC 4650A given by the MUSE data is a galaxy made of two perpendicular disks that remain distinct and drive the kinematics right into the very centre of this object. In order to match this observed structure for NGC 4650A, we constructed a multicomponent mass model made by the combined projection of two disks. By comparing the observations with the 2D kinematics derived from the model, we found that the modelled mass distribution in these two disks can, on average, account for the complex kinematics revealed by the MUSE data, also in the central regions of the galaxy where the

  18. Hydrodynamical Simulations of Nuclear Rings in Barred Galaxies

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    Li, Zhi; Shen, Juntai; Kim, Woong-Tae

    2015-08-01

    Dust lanes, nuclear rings, and nuclear spirals are typical gas structures in the inner region of barred galaxies. Their shapes and properties are linked to the physical parameters of the host galaxy. We use high-resolution hydrodynamical simulations to study 2D gas flows in simple barred galaxy models. The nuclear rings formed in our simulations can be divided into two groups: one group is nearly round and the other is highly elongated. We find that roundish rings may not form when the bar pattern speed is too high or the bulge central density is too low. We also study the periodic orbits in our galaxy models, and find that the concept of inner Lindblad resonance (ILR) may be generalized by the extent of x2 orbits. All roundish nuclear rings in our simulations settle in the range of x2 orbits (or ILRs). However, knowing the resonances is insufficient to pin down the exact location of these nuclear rings. We suggest that the backbone of round nuclear rings is the x2 orbital family, i.e. round nuclear rings are allowed only in the radial range of x2 orbits. A round nuclear ring forms exactly at the radius where the residual angular momentum of infalling gas balances the centrifugal force, which can be described by a parameter f_ring measured from the rotation curve. We find an empirical relation between the bar parameters and f_ring, and apply it to measure bar pattern speed in a sample of barred galaxies with nuclear rings.

  19. Hydrodynamical Simulations of Nuclear Rings in Barred Galaxies

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    Li, Zhi; Shen, Juntai; Kim, Woong-Tae

    2015-06-01

    Dust lanes, nuclear rings, and nuclear spirals are typical gas structures in the inner region of barred galaxies. Their shapes and properties are linked to the physical parameters of the host galaxy. We use high-resolution hydrodynamical simulations to study 2D gas flows in simple barred galaxy models. The nuclear rings formed in our simulations can be divided into two groups: one group is nearly round and the other is highly elongated. We find that roundish rings may not form when the bar pattern speed is too high or the bulge central density is too low. We also study the periodic orbits in our galaxy models, and find that the concept of inner Lindblad resonance (ILR) may be generalized by the extent of {x}2 orbits. All roundish nuclear rings in our simulations settle in the range of {x}2 orbits (or ILRs). However, knowing the resonances is insufficient to pin down the exact location of these nuclear rings. We suggest that the backbone of round nuclear rings is the {x}2 orbital family, i.e., round nuclear rings are allowed only in the radial range of {x}2 orbits. A round nuclear ring forms exactly at the radius where the residual angular momentum of infalling gas balances the centrifugal force, which can be described by a parameter {f}{ring} measured from the rotation curve. The gravitational torque on gas in high pattern speed models is larger, leading to a smaller ring size than in the low pattern speed models. Our result may have important implications for using nuclear rings to measure the parameters of real barred galaxies with 2D gas kinematics.

  20. Cosmic-ray induced gamma-ray emission from the starburst galaxy NGC 253

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    Wang, Xilu; Fields, Brian D.

    2014-05-09

    Cosmic rays in galaxies interact with the interstellar medium and give us a direct view of nuclear and particle interactions in the cosmos. For example, cosmic-ray proton interactions with interstellar hydrogen produce gamma rays via PcrPism→π{sup 0}→γγ. For a 'normal' star-forming galaxy like the Milky Way, most cosmic rays escape the Galaxy before such collisions, but in starburst galaxies with dense gas and huge star formation rate, most cosmic rays do suffer these interactions [1,2]. We construct a 'thick-target' model for starburst galaxies, in which cosmic rays are accelerated by supernovae, and escape is neglected. This model gives an upper limit to the gamma-ray emission. Only two free parameters are involved in the model: cosmic-ray proton acceleration energy rate from supernova and the proton injection spectral index. The pionic gamma-radiation is calculated from 10 MeV to 10 TeV for the starburst galaxy NGC 253, and compared to Fermi and HESS data. Our model fits NGC 253 well, suggesting that cosmic rays in this starburst are in the thick target limit, and that this galaxy is a gamma-ray calorimeter.

  1. Deep imaging of the shell elliptical galaxy NGC 3923 with MegaCam

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    Bílek, M.; Cuillandre, J.-C.; Gwyn, S.; Ebrová, I.; Bartošková, K.; Jungwiert, B.; Jílková, L.

    2016-04-01

    Context. The elliptical galaxy NGC 3923 is known to be surrounded by a number of stellar shells, probable remnants of an accreted galaxy. Despite its uniqueness, the deepest images of its outskirts come from the 1980s. On the basis of the modified Newtonian dynamics (MOND), it has recently been predicted that a new shell lies in this region. Aims: We obtain the deepest image ever of the galaxy, map the tidal features in it, and search for the predicted shell. Methods: The image of the galaxy was taken by the MegaCam camera at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in the g'-band. It reached the surface-brightness limit of 29 mag arcsec-2. In addition, we reanalyzed an archival HST image of the galaxy. Results: We detected up to 42 shells in NGC 3923. This is by far the highest number among all shell galaxies. We present the description of the shells and other tidal features in the galaxy. A probable progenitor of some of these features was discovered. The shell system likely originates from two or more progenitors. The predicted shell was not detected, but the new image revealed that the prediction was based on incorrect assumptions and poor data. The reduced images (FITS files) are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (ftp://130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/588/A77

  2. TRANSIENT LOW-MASS X-RAY BINARY POPULATIONS IN ELLIPTICAL GALAXIES NGC 3379 AND NGC 4278

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    Fragos, T.; Kalogera, V.; Willems, B. E-mail: vicky@northwestern.edu

    2009-09-10

    We propose a physically motivated and self-consistent prescription for the modeling of transient neutron star low-mass X-ray binary (LMXB) properties, such as duty cycle (DC), outburst duration, and recurrence time. We apply this prescription to the population synthesis models of field LMXBs presented by Fragos et al., and compare the transient LMXB population to the Chandra X-ray survey of the two elliptical galaxies NGC 3379 and NGC 4278, which revealed several transient sources. We are able to exclude models with a constant DC for all transient systems, while models with a variable DC based on the properties of each system are consistent with the observed transient populations. We predict that the majority of the observed transient sources in these two galaxies are LMXBs with red giant donors. Finally, our comparison suggests that transient LMXBs are very rare in globular clusters (GCs), and thus the number of identified transient LMXBs may be used as a tracer of the relative contribution of field and GC LMXB populations.

  3. Galaxy evolution in nearby galaxy groups - III. A GALEX view of NGC 5846, the largest group in the local universe

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    Marino, Antonietta; Mazzei, Paola; Rampazzo, Roberto; Bianchi, Luciana

    2016-06-01

    We explore the co-evolution of galaxies in nearby groups (Vhel ≤ 3000 km s-1) with a multiwavelength approach. We analyse GALEX far-UV (FUV) and near-UV (NUV) imaging, and Sloan Digital Sky Survey u, g, r, i, z data of groups spanning a large range of dynamical phases. We characterize the photometric properties of spectroscopically confirmed galaxy members and investigate the global properties of the groups through a dynamical analysis. Here, we focus on NGC 5846, the third most massive association of early-type galaxies (ETGs) after the Virgo and Fornax clusters. The group, composed of 90 members, is dominated by ETGs (about 80 per cent), and among ETGs about 40 per cent are dwarfs. Results are compared with those obtained for three groups in the LeoII cloud, which are radically different both in member-galaxy population and dynamical properties. The FUV-NUV cumulative colour distribution and the normalized UV luminosity function (LF) significantly differ due to the different fraction of late-type galaxy population. The UV LF of NGC 5846 resembles that of the Virgo cluster, however our analysis suggests that star formation episodes are still occurring in most of the group galaxies, including ETGs. The NUV-i colour distribution, the optical-UV colour-colour diagram, and NUV-r versus Mr colour-magnitude relation suggest that the gas contribution cannot be neglected in the evolution of ETG-type group members. Our analysis highlights that NGC 5846 is still in an active phase of its evolution, notwithstanding the dominance of dwarf and bright ETGs and its virialized configuration.

  4. Kinematics of NGC 4826: A sleeping beauty galaxy, not an evil eye

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    Rubin, Vera C.

    1994-01-01

    A recent high resolution H I study of the Sab galaxy NGC 4826 (1992) reveals that the sense of rotation of the neutral gas reverses from the inner to the outer disk. The present paper reports on optical spectra at high velocity resolution in four position angles in NGC 4826, which cover the region of the gas reversal and which reveal a high degree of complexity. In the inner disk, which includes the prominent dusty lane, the stars and gas rotate in concert, and the spiral arms trail (for the adopted geometry). Arcs of ionized gas are observed partially encircling the nucleus; expansion velocities reach 400 km/s. At distances just beyond the prominent dust lane, the ionized gas exhibits a rapid, orderly velocity fall and within 500 parsecs it has reversed from 180 km/s prograde to 200 km/s retrograde; it also has a component radial toward the nucleus of over 100 km/s. The stars, however, continue their prograde rotation. Beyond this transition zone, the neutral gas continues its retrograde rotation, stellar velocities are prograde, but the sense of the almost circular arms is not established. Because of its kinematical complexity as well as its proximity, NGC 4826 is an excellent early-type galaxy in which to observe the long term effects of gas acquistion or a galaxy merger on a disk galaxy.

  5. An X-ray Study of the Nearby Massive Early-Type Galaxy NGC 4472

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    Kraft, Ralph; Forman, W. R.; Jones, C.; Nulsen, P. E. J.; Hardcastle, M. J.; Evans, D. A.; Raychaudhury, S.; Sivakoff, G.; Sarazin, C.; Murray, S. S.

    2009-09-01

    We present results from a deep archival XMM-Newton observation of the nearby massive early-type galaxy NGC 4472. This galaxy is in the early stages of merging with the Virgo cluster (1.35 Mpc from M87), and is the most optically luminous galaxy in the local Universe. Our earlier Chandra observations (Biller et al. 2004) showed a complex morphology in the X-ray emitting gas including cavities associated with twin radio lobes, a surface brightness discontinuity presumable due to an interaction with the Virgo cluster gas, and a filamentary arm similar to structures seen in M87. The deep XMM-Newton observation clearly demonstrates the existence of a ram pressure stripped tail anti-coincident to M87 and a surface brightness discontinuity, presumably the contact discontinuity between two moving fluids, between the core of NGC 4472 and the Virgo cluster gas. A temperature map of the NGC 4472 gas shows complex temperature variations in the core, perhaps indicative of non-azimuthally symmetric gas motions induced by the merger. Such motions have been predicted in various hydrodynamic simulations of galaxy/cluster mergers (Heinz et al. 2003). We also detect four filaments of cold gas in the temperature map extending roughly 25 kpc from the nucleus, one of which is coincident with the feature seen in the short Chandra observation. We discuss the implications of these results in terms of our understanding of group/cluster merger dynamics.

  6. Satellite accretion in action: a tidally disrupting dwarf spheroidal around the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 253

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    Romanowsky, Aaron J.; Martínez-Delgado, David; Martin, Nicolas F.; Morales, Gustavo; Jennings, Zachary G.; GaBany, R. Jay; Brodie, Jean P.; Grebel, Eva K.; Schedler, Johannes; Sidonio, Michael

    2016-03-01

    We report the discovery of NGC 253-dw2, a dwarf spheroidal (dSph) galaxy candidate undergoing tidal disruption around a nearby spiral galaxy, NGC 253 in the Sculptor group: the first such event identified beyond the Local Group. The dwarf was found using small-aperture amateur telescopes, and followed up with Suprime-Cam on the 8 m Subaru Telescope in order to resolve its brightest stars. Using g- and Rc-band photometry, we detect a red giant branch consistent with an old, metal-poor stellar population at a distance of ˜3.5 Mpc. From the distribution of likely member stars, we infer a highly elongated shape with a semimajor axis half-light radius of (2 ± 0.4) kpc. Star counts also yield a luminosity estimate of ˜2 × 106 L⊙,V (MV ˜ -10.7). The morphological properties of NGC 253-dw2 mark it as distinct from normal dSphs and imply ongoing disruption at a projected distance of ˜50 kpc from the main galaxy. Our observations support the hierarchical paradigm wherein massive galaxies continuously accrete less massive ones, and provide a new case study for dSph infall and dissolution dynamics. We also note the continued efficacy of small telescopes for making big discoveries.

  7. The young nuclear stellar disc in the SB0 galaxy NGC 1023

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    Corsini, E. M.; Morelli, L.; Pastorello, N.; Bontà, E. Dalla; Pizzella, A.; Portaluri, E.

    2016-04-01

    Small kinematically decoupled stellar discs with scalelengths of a few tens of parsec are known to reside in the centre of galaxies. Different mechanisms have been proposed to explain how they form, including gas dissipation and merging of globular clusters. Using archival Hubble Space Telescope imaging and ground-based integral-field spectroscopy, we investigated the structure and stellar populations of the nuclear stellar disc hosted in the interacting SB0 galaxy NGC 1023. The stars of the nuclear disc are remarkably younger and more metal rich with respect to the host bulge. These findings support a scenario in which the nuclear disc is the end result of star formation in metal enriched gas piled up in the galaxy centre. The gas can be of either internal or external origin, i.e. from either the main disc of NGC 1023 or the nearby satellite galaxy NGC 1023A. The dissipationless formation of the nuclear disc from already formed stars, through the migration and accretion of star clusters into the galactic centre, is rejected.

  8. Ionized gas kinematics within the inner kiloparsec of the Seyfert galaxy NGC 1365

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    Lena, Davide; Robinson, Andrew; Storchi-Bergmann, Thaisa; Couto, Guilherme S.; Schnorr-Müller, Allan; Riffel, Rogemar A.

    2016-07-01

    We observed the nuclear region of the galaxy NGC 1365 with the integral field unit of the Gemini Multi Object Spectrograph mounted on the GEMINI-South telescope. The field of view covers 13 × 6 arcsec2(1173 × 541 pc2) centred on the nucleus, at a spatial resolution of 52 pc. The spectral coverage extends from 5600 to 7000 Å, at a spectral resolution R = 1918. NGC 1365 hosts a Seyfert 1.8 nucleus, and exhibits a prominent bar extending out to 100 arcsec (9 kpc) from the nucleus. The field of view lies within the inner Lindblad resonance. Within this region, we found that the kinematics of the ionized gas (as traced by [O I], [N II], Hα, and [S II]) is consistent with rotation in the large-scale plane of the galaxy. While rotation dominates the kinematics, there is also evidence for a fan-shaped outflow, as found in other studies based on the [O III] emission lines. Although evidence for gas inflowing along nuclear spirals has been found in a few barred galaxies, we find no obvious signs of such features in the inner kiloparsec of NGC 1365. However, the emission lines exhibit a puzzling asymmetry that could originate from gas which is slower than the gas responsible for the bulk of the narrow-line emission. We speculate that it could be tracing gas which lost angular momentum, and is slowly migrating from the inner Lindblad resonance towards the nucleus of the galaxy.

  9. Ionized gas kinematics within the inner kiloparsec of the Seyfert galaxy NGC 1365

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    Lena, Davide; Robinson, Andrew; Storchi-Bergmann, Thaisa; Couto, Guilherme S.; Schnorr-Müller, Allan; Riffel, Rogemar A.

    2016-04-01

    We observed the nuclear region of the galaxy NGC 1365 with the integral field unit of the Gemini Multi Object Spectrograph mounted on the GEMINI-South telescope. The field of view covers 13″ × 6″ (1173 × 541 pc2) centered on the nucleus, at a spatial resolution of 52 pc. The spectral coverage extends from 5600 Å to 7000 Å, at a spectral resolution R = 1918. NGC 1365 hosts a Seyfert 1.8 nucleus, and exhibits a prominent bar extending out to 100″ (9 kpc) from the nucleus. The field of view lies within the inner Lindblad resonance. Within this region, we found that the kinematics of the ionized gas (as traced by [OI], [NII], Hα, and [SII]) is consistent with rotation in the large-scale plane of the galaxy. While rotation dominates the kinematics, there is also evidence for a fan-shaped outflow, as found in other studies based on the [OIII] emission lines. Although evidence for gas inflowing along nuclear spirals has been found in a few barred galaxies, we find no obvious signs of such features in the inner kiloparsec of NGC 1365. However, the emission lines exhibit a puzzling asymmetry that could originate from gas which is slower than the gas responsible for the bulk of the narrow-line emission. We speculate that it could be tracing gas which lost angular momentum, and is slowly migrating from the inner Lindblad resonance towards the nucleus of the galaxy.

  10. The vertical disk structure of the edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 3079

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    Veilleux, S.; Bland-Hawthorn, Jonathan; Cecil, G.; Tully, R. B.

    1993-01-01

    NGC 3079 is an edge-on SB(s)c galaxy at a redshift of 1225 km/s relative to the Local Group. Earlier researchers found a spectacular 'figure-eight' radio structure aligned along the minor axis of the galaxy, centered on the nucleus, and extending 3 kpc above and below the plane. The geometry of this structure and the evidence of unusually high nuclear gas velocities suggest that a wind-type outflow from the nucleus is taking place. The disk of NGC 3079 is also remarkable: it is extremely rich in H 2 regions and is the only unambiguous example of a galaxy outside M31 and our own Galaxy to exhibit 'Heiles-like' shells. Other researchers have also identified a nebulosity with a ragged X-shaped morphology formed by a system of lumpy filaments with individual lengths of 3 - 5 kpc. They suggest that this material is ambient halo gas entrained into the boundary layers of the nuclear outflow. The complex structure of the line emission in NGC 3079 makes this object an ideal target for an imaging spectroscopic study. The present paper reports the preliminary results of such a study.

  11. Abundance ratios and IMF slopes in the dwarf elliptical galaxy NGC 1396 with MUSE

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    Mentz, J. J.; La Barbera, F.; Peletier, R. F.; Falcón-Barroso, J.; Lisker, T.; van de Ven, G.; Loubser, S. I.; Hilker, M.; Sánchez-Janssen, R.; Napolitano, N.; Cantiello, M.; Capaccioli, M.; Norris, M.; Paolillo, M.; Smith, R.; Beasley, M. A.; Lyubenova, M.; Munoz, R.; Puzia, T.

    2016-08-01

    Deep observations of the dwarf elliptical (dE) galaxy NGC 1396 (MV = -16.60, Mass ˜4 × 108 M⊙), located in the Fornax cluster, have been performed with the VLT/ MUSE spectrograph in the wavelength region from 4750 - 9350 Å. In this paper we present a stellar population analysis studying chemical abundances, the star formation history (SFH) and the stellar initial mass function (IMF) as a function of galacto-centric distance. Different, independent ways to analyse the stellar populations result in a luminosity-weighted age of ˜ 6 Gyr and a metallicity [Fe/H]˜ -0.4, similar to other dEs of similar mass. We find unusually overabundant values of [Ca/Fe] ˜+0.1, and under-abundant Sodium, with [Na/Fe] values around -0.1, while [Mg/Fe] is overabundant at all radii, increasing from ˜+0.1 in the centre to ˜+0.2 dex. We notice a significant metallicity and age gradient within this dwarf galaxy. To constrain the stellar IMF of NGC 1396, we find that the IMF of NGC 1396 is consistent with either a Kroupa-like or a top-heavy distribution, while a bottom-heavy IMF is firmly ruled out. An analysis of the abundance ratios, and a comparison with galaxies in the Local Group, shows that the chemical enrichment history of NGC 1396 is similar to the Galactic disc, with an extended star formation history. This would be the case if the galaxy originated from a LMC-sized dwarf galaxy progenitor, which would lose its gas while falling into the Fornax cluster.

  12. No Supermassive Black Holes in Giant Galaxy Disks: M101 and NGC 6946

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    Kormendy, John; Drory, N.; Cornell, M. E.; Bender, R.

    2007-12-01

    The Hobby-Eberly Telescope was used to obtain high-resolution spectroscopy of the nuclear star clusters in the bulgeless, giant Scd galaxies M101 and NGC 6946. Their nuclei have velocity dispersions of 25 to 40 km/s. Any supermassive black holes in these clusters must have masses less than approximately 10**4 to 10**5 solar masses. Similar results are obtained for IC 342 from a published velocity dispersion. These limits are much smaller than masses that are predicted if black holes in bulgeless galaxies correlated with galaxy disk properties such as rotation velocities V in the same way that black holes correlate with elliptical galaxy and bulge properties such as velocity dispersions. Since these are giant galaxies with V = 200 km/s, this result provides an especially stringent check that black holes do not correlate with galaxy disks. All three galaxies contain little or no pseudobulge component, either, a result that can be understood from dynamical arguments. Therefore gas inflow processes like those that occur rapidly in galaxy mergers and slowly in internally driven secular evolution are essentially unavailable for black hole feeding. However, some (pseudo)bulgeless galaxies, including IC 342 and NGC 6946, show weak Seyfert activity, and some are known to contain relatively low-mass black holes. This is a hint that low-mass black holes in bulgeless galaxies and high-mass black holes in bulges and ellipticals may have fundamentally different formation histories. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation through grant AST-0607490.

  13. Star Formation Rates in Resolved Galaxies: Calibrations with Near- and Far-infrared Data for NGC 5055 and NGC 6946

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    Li, Yiming; Crocker, Alison F.; Calzetti, Daniela; Wilson, Christine D.; Kennicutt, Robert C.; Murphy, Eric J.; Brandl, Bernhard R.; Draine, B. T.; Galametz, M.; Johnson, B. D.; Armus, L.; Gordon, K. D.; Croxall, K.; Dale, D. A.; Engelbracht, C. W.; Groves, B.; Hao, C.-N.; Helou, G.; Hinz, J.; Hunt, L. K.; Krause, O.; Roussel, H.; Sauvage, M.; Smith, J. D. T.

    2013-05-01

    We use the near-infrared Brγ hydrogen recombination line as a reference star formation rate (SFR) indicator to test the validity and establish the calibration of the Herschel/PACS 70 μm emission as a SFR tracer for sub-galactic regions in external galaxies. Brγ offers the double advantage of directly tracing ionizing photons and of being relatively insensitive to the effects of dust attenuation. For our first experiment, we use archival Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Brγ and Ks images of two nearby galaxies: NGC 5055 and NGC 6946, which are also part of the Herschel program KINGFISH (Key Insights on Nearby Galaxies: a Far-Infrared Survey with Herschel). We use the extinction corrected Brγ emission to derive the SFR(70) calibration for H II regions in these two galaxies. A comparison of the SFR(70) calibrations at different spatial scales, from 200 pc to the size of the whole galaxy, reveals that about 50% of the total 70 μm emission is due to dust heated by stellar populations that are unrelated to the current star formation. We use a simple model to qualitatively relate the increase of the SFR(70) calibration coefficient with decreasing region size to the star formation timescale. We provide a calibration for an unbiased SFR indicator that combines the observed Hα with the 70 μm emission, also for use in H II regions. We briefly analyze the PACS 100 and 160 μm maps and find that longer wavelengths are not as good SFR indicators as 70 μm, in agreement with previous results. We find that the calibrations show about 50% difference between the two galaxies, possibly due to effects of inclination. Based on observations obtained with WIRCam, a joint project of CFHT, Taiwan, Korea, Canada, France, and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) which is operated by the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada, the Institute National des Sciences de l'Univers of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique of France, and the University of Hawaii.

  14. Optical observations of NGC 2915: A nearby blue compact dwarf galaxy

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    Meurer, G. R.; Mackie, G.; Carignan, C.

    1994-01-01

    This paper presents B and R band Charge Coupled Device (CCD) images and medium resolution spectroscopy of NGC 2915, a relatively isolated BCD (blue compact dwarf) galaxy at a distance of approximately 5 Mpc. NGC 2915 contains two stellar populations: a high surface brightness blue core population and a red diffuse population. The core population contains all of the H II, and numerous embedded objects. It is the locus of current high mass star formation. The brightest embedded objects are likely to be young ionizing clusters, while many of the fainter objects are likely to be individual supergiant stars with masses up to approximately 25 solar mass, or blends of a few such stars. Curious aligned structures on the SE side of the galaxy are seen and their nature discussed. The spectrum of the core is dominated by bright narrow emission lines like that of a high excitation and low metallicity (less than half solar) H II region. The continuum is flat, with Balmer and Ca II features seen in absorption. The velocity of the Ca II features suggest contamination by galactic interstellar absorption. There is a significant velocity gradient in the spectra, probably indicative of rotation. Outside of its core, NGC 2915 resembles a dE (dwarf elliptical) galaxy, in that it has an exponential surface brightness profile, is red ((B-R)(sub 0) = 1.65), and has a low extrapolated central surface brightness (B(0)(sub c) = 22.44). NGC 2915's properties are compared with other BCDs, concentrating on two morphologically similar BCDs that are near enough to resolve into stars: NGC 1705 and NGC 5253. It is noted that the presence of winds in BCDs invalidates closed box chemical evolution models and the remaining constraints on star formation duration are relatively weak. Some BCDs, including NGC 2915, may be able to maintain their present star formation rate for Gyr time scales. This suggests that the overall evolution of these BCDs may be much slower than the approximately 10 Myr burst

  15. The Far-Infrared Emission Line and Continuum Spectrum of the Seyfert Galaxy NGC 1068

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    Spinoglio, Luigi; Smith, Howard A.; Gonzalez-Alfonso, Eduardo; Fisher, Jacqueline

    2005-01-01

    We report on the analysis of the first complete far-infrared spectrum (43-197 microns) of the Seyfert 2 galaxy NGC 1068 as observed with the Long Wavelength Spectrometer (LWS) onboard the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO). In addition to the 7 expected ionic fine structure emission lines, the OH rotational lines at 79, 119 and 163 microns were all detected in emission, which is unique among galaxies with full LWS spectra, where the 119 micron line, where detected, is always in absorption. The observed line intensities were modelled together with IS0 Short Wavelength Spectrometer (SWS) and optical and ultraviolet line intensities from the literature, considering two independent emission components: the AGN component and the starburst component in the circumnuclear ring of approximately 3kpc in size. Using the UV to mid-IR emission line spectrum to constrain the nuclear ionizing continuum, we have confirmed previous results: a canonical power-law ionizing spectrum is a poorer fit than one with a deep absorption trough, while the presence of a big blue bump is ruled out. Based on the instantaneous starburst age of 5 Myr constrained by the Br gamma equivalent width in the starburst ring, and starburst synthesis models of the mid- and far-infrared fine-structure line emission, a low ionization parameter (U=10(exp -3.5)) and low densities (n=100 cm (exp -3)) are derived. Combining the AGN and starburst components, we succeed in modeling the overall UV to far-IR atomic spectrum of SGC 1068, reproducing the line fluxes to within a factor 2.0 on average with a standard deviation of 1.4. The OH 119 micron emission indicates that the line is collisionally excited, and arises in a warm and dense region. The OH emission has been modeled using spherically symmetric, non-local, non-LTE radiative transfer models. The models indicate that the bulk of the emission arises from the nuclear region, although some extended contribution from the starburst is not ruled out. The OH abundance

  16. An Enhanced Rate of Tidal Disruptions in the Centrally Overdense E+A Galaxy NGC 3156

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    Stone, Nicholas C.; van Velzen, Sjoert

    2016-07-01

    Time domain optical surveys have discovered roughly a dozen candidate stellar tidal disruption flares in the last five years, and future surveys like the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will likely find hundreds to thousands more. These tidal disruption events (TDEs) present an interesting puzzle: a majority of the current TDE sample is hosted by rare post-starburst galaxies, and tens of percents of the galaxies are hosted in even rarer E+A galaxies, which make up ˜ 0.1 % of all galaxies in the local universe. E+As are therefore overrepresented among TDE hosts by 1–2 orders of magnitude, a discrepancy unlikely to be accounted for by selection effects. We analyze Hubble Space Telescope photometry of one of the nearest E+A galaxies, NGC 3156, to estimate the rate of stellar tidal disruption produced as two-body relaxation diffuses stars onto orbits in the loss cone of the central supermassive black hole. The rate of TDEs produced by two-body relaxation in NGC 3156 is large when compared to other galaxies with similar black hole mass: {\\dot{N}}{{TDE}}˜ 1× {10}-3 {{{yr}}}-1. This suggests that the preference of TDEs for E+A hosts may be due to central stellar overdensities produced in recent starbursts.

  17. Nuclear Gas Dynamics of NGC2110: A Black Hole Offset from the Host Galaxy Mass Center?

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    Mundell, C. G.; Ferruit, P.; Nagar, N.; Wilson, A. S.

    2004-01-01

    It has been suggested that the central regions of many galaxies are unlikely to be in a static steady state, with instabilities caused by sinking satellites, the influence of a supermassive black hole or residuals of galaxy formation, resulting in the nuclear black hole orbiting the galaxy center. The observational signature of such an orbiting black hole is an offset of the active nucleus (AGN) from the kinematic center defined by the galaxy rotation curve. This orbital motion may provide fuel for the AGN, as the hole 'grazes' on the ISM, and bent radio jets, due to the motion of their source. The early type (E/SO) Seyfert galaxy, NGC2210, with its striking twin, 'S'-shaped radio jets, is a unique and valuable test case for the offset-nucleus phenomenon since, despite its remarkably normal rotation curve, its kinematically-measured mass center is displaced both spatially (260 pc) and kinematically (170 km/s) from the active nucleus located in optical and radio studies. However, the central kinematics, where the rotation curve rises most steeply, have been inaccessible with ground-based resolutions. We present new, high resolution WFPC2 imaging and long-slit STIS spectroscopy of the central 300 pc of NGC2110. We discuss the structure and kinematics of gas moving in the galactic potential on subarcsecond scales and the reality of the offset between the black hole and the galaxy mass center.

  18. A 21-cm line study of NGC 5963, an SC galaxy with a low-surface brightness disk

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    Bosma, A.; Athanassoula, E.; van der Hulst, J. M.

    1988-06-01

    Results are presented from a detailed 21-cm line study of the Sc galaxy NGC 5963. The extent of the H I emission is found to be roughly coincident with the optical image, the latter being of much lower surface brightness than normal for Sc galaxies. The velocity field shows little deviation from axial symmetry, and the derived rotation curve is typical for Sc galaxies about twice as bright as NGC 5963. A composite mass model is presented using the observed light distribution to calculate a rotation curve for the luminous part of the galaxy (assuming a constant M/L-ratio with radius); this calculated rotation curve is compared to the observed one to derive a rotation law for a dark halo. Comparison with Sc galaxies having normal disk surface brightnesses suggests that the halo in NGC 5963 is more concentrated than in normal Scs with similar rotation curves. The origin of the low surface brightness of the disk is discussed.

  19. The Structure of the Circumgalactic Medium of Galaxies: Cool Accretion Inflow Around NGC 1097

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    Bowen, David V.; Chelouche, Doron; Jenkins, Edward B.; Tripp, Todd M.; Pettini, Max; York, Donald G.; Frye, Brenda L.

    2016-07-01

    We present Hubble Space Telescope far-UV spectra of four QSOs whose sightlines pass through the halo of NGC 1097 at impact parameters of ρ = 48–165 kpc. NGC 1097 is a nearby spiral galaxy that has undergone at least two minor merger events, but no apparent major mergers, and is relatively isolated with respect to other nearby bright galaxies. This makes NGC 1097 a good case study for exploring baryons in a paradigmatic bright-galaxy halo. Lyα absorption is detected along all sightlines and Si iii λ1206 is found along the three sightlines with the smallest ρ metal lines of C ii, Si ii, and Si iv are only found with certainty toward the innermost sightline. The kinematics of the absorption lines are best replicated by a model with a disk-like distribution of gas approximately planar to the observed 21 cm H i disk, which is rotating more slowly than the inner disk, and into which gas is infalling from the intergalactic medium. Some part of the absorption toward the innermost sightline may arise either from a small-scale outflow or from tidal debris associated with the minor merger that gives rise to the well known “dog-leg” stellar stream that projects from NGC 1097. When compared to other studies, NGC 1097 appears to be a “typical” absorber, although the large dispersion in absorption line column density and equivalent width in a single halo goes perhaps some way toward explaining the wide range of these values seen in higher-z studies. Based on observations with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5-26555.

  20. Clouds in Context: The Cycle of Gas and Stars in the Nearby Galaxy NGC 300

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    Faesi, Christopher; Lada, Charles; Forbrich, Jan

    2015-08-01

    The physical process by which gas is converted into stars takes place on small scales within Giant Molecular Clouds (GMCs), while the formation and evolution of these GMCs is influenced by global, galactic-scale processes. It is thus of key importance to connect GMC (~10 pc) and galaxy (~10 kpc) scales in order to approach a fundamental understanding of the star formation process. With this goal in mind, we have conducted a multiscale, comprehensive, multiwavelength study of the interstellar medium and star formation in the nearby (d~1.9 Mpc) spiral galaxy NGC 300. We have fully mapped the dust content within this star-forming galaxy with the Herschel Space Observatory, combining these observations with archival Spitzer data to construct a high-sensitivity, ~250 pc-scale map of the column density and dust temperature across the entire NGC 300 disk. We find that peaks in the dust temperature generally correspond with active star-forming regions, and use our Herschel data along with pointed CO(2-1) observations from APEX to characterize the ISM in these regions. To derive star formation rates from ultraviolet, visible, and infrared photometry, we have developed a new method that utilizes population synthesis modeling of individual stellar populations and accounts for both the presence of extinction and the short (< 10 Myr) timescales appropriate for cloud-scale star formation. We find that the average molecular gas depletion time at GMC complex scales in NGC 300 is similar to that of Milky Way clouds, but significantly shorter than depletion times measured over kpc-sized regions in nearby galaxies. This difference likely reflects the presence of a diffuse, non-star-forming component of molecular gas between GMCs, as well as the fact that star formation is strongly concentrated in discrete regions within galaxies. I will also present first results from follow-up interferometric observations with the SMA and ALMA that resolve individual GMCs in NGC 300 for the first

  1. The mass of the central black hole in the nearby Seyfert galaxy NGC 5273

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    Bentz, Misty C.; Horenstein, Daniel; Bazhaw, Craig; Manne-Nicholas, Emily R.; Ou-Yang, Benjamin J.; Anderson, Matthew; Jones, Jeremy; Norris, Ryan P.; Parks, J. Robert; Saylor, Dicy; Teems, Katherine G.; Turner, Clay

    2014-11-20

    We present the results of a reverberation-mapping program targeting NGC 5273, a nearby early-type galaxy with a broad-lined active galactic nucleus (AGN). Over the course of the monitoring program, NGC 5273 showed strong variability that allowed us to measure time delays in the responses of the broad optical recombination lines to changes in the continuum flux. A weighted average of these measurements results in a black hole mass determination of M {sub BH} = (4.7 ± 1.6) × 10{sup 6} M {sub ☉}. An estimate of the size of the black hole sphere of influence in NGC 5273 puts it just at the limit of the resolution achievable with current ground-based large aperture telescopes. NGC 5273 is therefore an important future target for a black hole mass determination from stellar dynamical modeling, especially because it is the only nearby early-type galaxy hosting an AGN with a reverberation-based mass, allowing the best comparison for the masses determined from these two techniques.

  2. Low Dark Matter Content of the Nearby Early-Type Galaxy NGC 821

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    Samurovic, S.; Vudragovic, A.; Jovanovic, M.; Cirkovic, M. M.

    2014-06-01

    In this paper we analyze the kinematics and dynamics of the nearby early-type galaxy NGC~821 based on its globular clusters (GCs) and planetary nebulae (PNe). We use PNe and GCs to extract the kinematics of NGC~821 which is then used for the dynamical modelling based on the Jeans equation. We apply the Jeans equation using the Newtonian mass-follows-light approach assuming constant mass-to-light ratio and find that using such an approach we can successfully fit the kinematic data. The inferred constant mass-to-light ratio, 4.2galaxy, implies the lack of significant amount of dark matter. We also used three different MOND approaches and found that we can fit the kinematic data without the need for additional, dark, component.

  3. HDI in Action: Comparison Imaging of the Interacting Starburst Galaxy NGC 3310

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    Wehner, Elizabeth

    2015-01-01

    NGC 3310 is an interacting starburst galaxy located approximately 18 Mpc away. Previous studies reveal a circumnuclear starburst, substantial star formation in its spiral arms, and an extensive system of tidal debris likely induced from the collision with and subsequent merger of a now-destroyed companion galaxy. A study by Wehner et al. in 2006 revealed the presence of a previously undetected tidal loop in the Northeast quadrant of the system. We have obtained follow up observations of this system using the newly-built Half Degree Imager (HDI) recently mounted on the WIYN 0.9m telescope in Kitt Peak, Arizaon. We present a comparison of deep imaging of NGC 3310 from HDI and from S2KB, the former primary CCD camera on the 0.9m. We present our results for comparison of image depth and image quality in order to assess the new HDI camera for future low surface brightness observations.

  4. NGC 1614 - An IR-luminous merger but not (yet?) an active galaxy

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    Neff, S. G.; Hutchings, J. B.; Standord, S. A.; Unger, S. W.

    1990-01-01

    New observations of the merging galaxy NGC 1614 are described. The system has a nuclear region of QSO-like luminosity, but shows no direct evidence for an active nucleus. It is heavily and unevenly reddened across its nucleus, while infrared imaging also shows a 'ridge' of dust. The inner spiral structure of the galaxy has normal rotation for an inclined disk, as indicated by the H-alpha emission. A linear 'tail' to the S and extended arms to the E have more positive velocities, and probably are the remains of an interacting companion and the tidal plume(s) caused by the collision. The only H I seen in emission appears to coincide with bright knots of H-alpha and forbidden O III emission of the base of the tail. The lack of direct evidence for an active nucleus indicates that if NGC 1614 is a precursor to a Seyfert-like system the AGN has not yet turned on.

  5. Carbon abundances and radial gradients in NGC 300 and other nearby spiral galaxies

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    Toribio San Cipriano, L.; García-Rojas, J.; Esteban, C.

    2015-05-01

    We present preliminary results of deep echelle spectrophotometry of a sample of HII regions along the disk of the Scd galaxy NGC 300 obtained with the Ultraviolet and Visual Echelle Spectrograph (UVES) at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) with the aim of detect and measure very faint oii\\ and χ permitted lines. We focus this study on the C and O abundances obtained from faint optical recombination lines (ORLs) instead of the most commonly used collisionally excited lines (CELs). We have derived the ionic abundances of C^{2+} from the χ 4267Å RL and O^{2+} from the multiplet 1 of oii\\ around 4649Å in several objects. Finally, we have computed the radial gradients of C/H, O/H and C/O ratios in NGC 300 from RLs, which has allowed the comparison with similar data obtained by our group in other nearby spiral galaxies.

  6. Measuring the Mass of the Central Black Hole in the Bulgeless Galaxy NGC 4395 from Gas Dynamical Modeling

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    den Brok, Mark; Seth, Anil C.; Barth, Aaron J.; Carson, Daniel J.; Neumayer, Nadine; Cappellari, Michele; Debattista, Victor P.; Ho, Luis C.; Hood, Carol E.; McDermid, Richard M.

    2015-08-01

    NGC 4395 is a bulgeless spiral galaxy, harboring one of the nearest known type 1 Seyfert nuclei. Although there is no consensus on the mass of its central engine, several estimates suggest it is one of the lightest massive black holes (MBHs) known. We present the first direct dynamical measurement of the mass of this MBH from a combination of two-dimensional gas kinematic data, obtained with the adaptive optics assisted near-infrared integral field spectrograph Gemini/NIFS and high-resolution multiband photometric data from Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3. We use the photometric data to model the shape and stellar mass-to-light ratio of the nuclear star cluster (NSC). From the Gemini/NIFS observations, we derive the kinematics of warm molecular hydrogen gas as traced by emission through the H2 1-0 S(1) transition. These kinematics show a clear rotational signal, with a position angle orthogonal to NGC 4395's radio jet. Our best-fitting tilted ring models of the kinematics of the molecular hydrogen gas contain a black hole with mass M={4}-3+8× {10}5 M⊙ (3σ uncertainties) embedded in an NSC of mass M=2× {10}6 M⊙. Our black hole mass measurement is in excellent agreement with the reverberation mapping mass estimate of Peterson et al. but shows some tension with other mass measurement methods based on accretion signals.

  7. What's This about a Ring Around the Galaxy?

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    Newberg, Heidi Jo

    2003-06-25

    The newspapers recently reported that scientists found 'A Ring of Stars' around the Milky Way galaxy. I will explain the evidence for this, and argue that it could be the remains of a galaxy that merged with the Milky Way. Data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey has produced many recent results which advance our knowledge of how our galaxy formed, and have the potential to shed light on its dark matter content. I will explain the current state of knowledge about our galaxy's structure and origins, and argue that the machinery currently being used by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey primarily to map the distributions of galaxies in the sky should be turned to the task of mapping our own Milky Way galaxy.

  8. Measuring the Black Hole Mass in the Brightest Cluster Galaxy NGC 1275

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    Barth, Aaron

    2014-10-01

    NGC 1275 is the brightest and most massive galaxy in the Perseus Cluster, and is an excellent laboratory in which to examine the processes of black hole fueling and feedback in a cluster core environment. Our goal is to carry out a direct measurement of the black hole mass in NGC 1275 using ionized gas dynamics, by resolving the H-alpha and [N II] kinematics within the black hole's dynamical sphere of influence. We request five orbits to carry out STIS G750M spectroscopy at five parallel positions of the 0.1 arcsec-wide slit, in order to map the ionized gas kinematics and measure the central mass using the same methods successfully used for other giant ellipticals such as M84 and M87. We will compare the ionized gas kinematics with our observations of the H_2 molecular kinematics recently measured at 0.02-arcsecond sampling with Keck adaptive optics data in order to better understand the interplay between the different components of the ISM in this complex environment. We also request one orbit for WFC3/IR imaging of NGC 1275 in order to measure its near-IR surface brightness profile with unprecedented depth and resolution and model the galaxy's stellar mass profile. The results of this work will provide the first accurate measurement of the black hole mass in this highly unusual brightest cluster galaxy. Together with new and planned Keck AO observations, these HST observations will provide a critical new test of black hole mass measurement techniques by direct comparison of ionized gas dynamics, molecular gas dynamics, and stellar dynamics, and NGC 1275 is a nearly unique example of a galaxy in which all three methods are feasible.

  9. Star Cluster Formation and Destruction in the Merging Galaxy NGC 3256

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    Mulia, A. J.; Chandar, R.; Whitmore, B. C.

    2016-07-01

    We use the Advanced Camera for Surveys on the Hubble Space Telescope to study the rich population of young massive star clusters in the main body of NGC 3256, a merging pair of galaxies with a high star formation rate (SFR) and SFR per unit area (ΣSFR). These clusters have luminosity and mass functions that follow power laws, dN/dL ∝ L α with α = ‑2.23 ± 0.07, and dN/dM ∝ M β with β = ‑1.86 ± 0.34 for τ < 10 Myr clusters, similar to those found in more quiescent galaxies. The age distribution can be described by dN/dτ ∝ τ γ , with γ ≈ ‑0.67 ± 0.08 for clusters younger than about a few hundred million years, with no obvious dependence on cluster mass. This is consistent with a picture where ˜80% of the clusters are disrupted each decade in time. We investigate the claim that galaxies with high ΣSFR form clusters more efficiently than quiescent systems by determining the fraction of stars in bound clusters (Γ) and the CMF/SFR statistic (CMF is the cluster mass function) for NGC 3256 and comparing the results with those for other galaxies. We find that the CMF/SFR statistic for NGC 3256 agrees well with that found for galaxies with ΣSFR and SFRs that are lower by 1–3 orders of magnitude, but that estimates for Γ are only robust when the same sets of assumptions are applied. Currently, Γ values available in the literature have used different sets of assumptions, making it more difficult to compare the results between galaxies.

  10. Quantitative spectroscopy of blue supergiants in metal-poor dwarf galaxy NGC 3109

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    Hosek, Matthew W. Jr.; Kudritzki, Rolf-Peter; Bresolin, Fabio; Urbaneja, Miguel A.; Przybilla, Norbert; Evans, Christopher J.; Pietrzyński, Grzegorz; Gieren, Wolfgang; Carraro, Giovanni E-mail: kud@ifa.hawaii.edu E-mail: Miguel.Urbaneja-Perez@uibk.ac.at E-mail: chris.evans@stfc.ac.uk E-mail: wgieren@astro-udec.cl

    2014-04-20

    We present a quantitative analysis of the low-resolution (∼4.5 Å) spectra of 12 late-B and early-A blue supergiants (BSGs) in the metal-poor dwarf galaxy NGC 3109. A modified method of analysis is presented which does not require use of the Balmer jump as an independent T {sub eff} indicator, as used in previous studies. We determine stellar effective temperatures, gravities, metallicities, reddening, and luminosities, and combine our sample with the early-B-type BSGs analyzed by Evans et al. to derive the distance to NGC 3109 using the flux-weighted gravity-luminosity relation (FGLR). Using primarily Fe-group elements, we find an average metallicity of [ Z-bar ] = –0.67 ± 0.13, and no evidence of a metallicity gradient in the galaxy. Our metallicities are higher than those found by Evans et al. based on the oxygen abundances of early-B supergiants ([ Z-bar ] = –0.93 ± 0.07), suggesting a low α/Fe ratio for the galaxy. We adjust the position of NGC 3109 on the BSG-determined galaxy mass-metallicity relation accordingly and compare it to metallicity studies of H II regions in star-forming galaxies. We derive an FGLR distance modulus of 25.55 ± 0.09 (1.27 Mpc) that compares well with Cepheid and tip of the red giant branch distances. The FGLR itself is consistent with those found in other galaxies, demonstrating the reliability of this method as a measure of extragalactic distances.

  11. Star Cluster Formation and Destruction in the Merging Galaxy NGC 3256

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    Mulia, A. J.; Chandar, R.; Whitmore, B. C.

    2016-07-01

    We use the Advanced Camera for Surveys on the Hubble Space Telescope to study the rich population of young massive star clusters in the main body of NGC 3256, a merging pair of galaxies with a high star formation rate (SFR) and SFR per unit area (ΣSFR). These clusters have luminosity and mass functions that follow power laws, dN/dL ∝ L α with α = ‑2.23 ± 0.07, and dN/dM ∝ M β with β = ‑1.86 ± 0.34 for τ < 10 Myr clusters, similar to those found in more quiescent galaxies. The age distribution can be described by dN/dτ ∝ τ γ , with γ ≈ ‑0.67 ± 0.08 for clusters younger than about a few hundred million years, with no obvious dependence on cluster mass. This is consistent with a picture where ∼80% of the clusters are disrupted each decade in time. We investigate the claim that galaxies with high ΣSFR form clusters more efficiently than quiescent systems by determining the fraction of stars in bound clusters (Γ) and the CMF/SFR statistic (CMF is the cluster mass function) for NGC 3256 and comparing the results with those for other galaxies. We find that the CMF/SFR statistic for NGC 3256 agrees well with that found for galaxies with ΣSFR and SFRs that are lower by 1–3 orders of magnitude, but that estimates for Γ are only robust when the same sets of assumptions are applied. Currently, Γ values available in the literature have used different sets of assumptions, making it more difficult to compare the results between galaxies.

  12. Chandra Observations of Gas Stripping in the Elliptical Galaxy NGC 4552 in the Virgo Cluster

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    Machacek, M.; Jones, C.; Forman, W. R.; Nulsen, P.

    2006-06-01

    We use a 54.4 ks Chandra observation to study ram pressure stripping in NGC 4552 (M89), an elliptical galaxy in the Virgo Cluster. Chandra images in the 0.5-2 keV band show a sharp leading edge in the surface brightness 3.1 kpc north of the galaxy center, a cool (kT=0.51+0.09-0.06 keV) tail with mean density ne~(5.4+/-1.7)×10-3 cm-3 extending ~10 kpc to the south of the galaxy, and two 3-4 kpc horns of emission extending southward away from the leading edge. These are all features characteristic of supersonic ram pressure stripping of galaxy gas, due to NGC 4552's motion through the surrounding Virgo ICM. Fitting the surface brightness profile and spectra across the leading edge, we find the galaxy gas inside the edge is cooler (kT=0.43+0.03-0.02 keV) and denser (ne~0.010 cm-3) than the surrounding Virgo ICM [kT=2.2+0.7-0.4 keV and ne=(3.0+/-0.3)×10-4 cm-3]. The resulting pressure ratio between the free-streaming ICM and cluster gas at the stagnation point is ~7.6+3.4-2.0 for galaxy gas metallicities of 0.5+0.5-0.3 Zsolar, which suggests that NGC 4552 is moving supersonically through the cluster with a velocity v~1680+390-220 km s-1 (Mach 2.2+0.5-0.3) at an angle ξ~35deg+/-7deg toward us with respect to the plane of the sky.

  13. The 0.3-30 keV Spectra of Powerful Starburst Galaxies: NuSTAR and Chandra Observations of NGC 3256 and NGC 3310

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    Lehmer, B. D.; Tyler, J. B.; Hornschemeier, A. E.; Wik, D. R.; Yukita, M.; Antoniou, V.; Boggs, S.; Christensen, F. E.; Craig, W. W.; Hailey, C. J.; Harrison, F. A.; Maccarone, T. J.; Ptak, A.; Stern, D.; Zezas, A.; Zhang, W. W.

    2015-06-01

    We present nearly simultaneous Chandra and NuSTAR observations of two actively star-forming galaxies within 50 Mpc: NGC 3256 and NGC 3310. Both galaxies are significantly detected by both Chandra and NuSTAR, which together provide the first-ever spectra of these two galaxies spanning 0.3-30 keV. The X-ray emission from both galaxies is spatially resolved by Chandra; we find that hot gas dominates the E < 1-3 keV emission while ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) provide majority contributions to the emission at E > 1-3 keV. The NuSTAR galaxy-wide spectra of both galaxies follow steep power-law distributions with Γ ≈ 2.6 at E > 5-7 keV. Using new and archival Chandra data, we search for signatures of heavily obscured or low luminosity active galactic nuclei (AGNs). We find that both NGC 3256 and NGC 3310 have X-ray detected sources coincident with nuclear regions; however, the steep NuSTAR spectra of both galaxies restricts these sources to be either low luminosity AGNs (L2-10 keV/LEdd ≲ 10-5) or non-AGNs in nature (e.g., ULXs or crowded X-ray sources that reach L2-10 keV ˜ 1040 erg s-1 cannot be ruled out). Combining our constraints on the 0.3-30 keV spectra of NGC 3256 and NGC 3310 with equivalent measurements for nearby star-forming galaxies M83 and NGC 253, we analyze the star formation rate (SFR) normalized spectra of these starburst galaxies. The spectra of all four galaxies show sharply declining power-law slopes at energies above 3-6 keV primarily due to ULX populations. Our observations therefore constrain the average spectral shape of galaxy-wide populations of luminous accreting binaries (i.e., ULXs). Interestingly, despite a completely different galaxy sample selection, emphasizing here a range of SFRs and stellar masses, these properties are similar to those of super-Eddington accreting ULXs that have been studied individually in a targeted NuSTAR ULX program. We also find that NGC 3310 exhibits a factor of ≈3-10 elevation of X-ray emission over

  14. Chandra and Very Large Array Observations of the Nearby Sd Galaxy NGC 45

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    Pannuti, Thomas G.; Swartz, Douglas A.; Laine, Seppo; Schlegel, Eric M.; Lacey, Christina K.; Moffitt, William P.; Sharma, Biswas; Lackey-Stewart, Aaron M.; Kosakowski, Alekzander R.; Filipović, Miroslav D.; Payne, Jeffrey L.

    2015-09-01

    We present an analysis of high angular resolution observations made in the X-ray and the radio with the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Karl Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), respectively, of the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 45. This galaxy is the third that we have considered in a study of the supernova remnant (SNR) populations of nearby spiral galaxies and the present work represents the first detailed analysis of the discrete X-ray and radio source populations of this galaxy. We analyzed data sets from the three pointed observations made of this galaxy with Chandra along with a merged data set obtained from combining these data sets: the total effective exposure time of the merged data set is 63515 s. A total of 25 discrete X-ray sources are found in the entire field of view of the ACIS-S3 chip, with 16 sources found within the visual extent of the galaxy. We estimate that as many as half of the sources detected in the entire field of view of the ACIS-S3 chip and seven of the sources detected in the optical extent of NGC 45 may be background sources. We analyzed the spectral properties of the discrete X-ray sources within the galaxy and conclude that the majority of these sources are X-ray binaries. We have searched for counterparts at different wavelengths to the discrete X-ray sources and we find two associations: one with a star cluster and the other with a background galaxy. We have found one source that is clearly variable within one observation and seven that are seen to vary from one observation to another. We also conduct a photometric analysis to determine the near-infrared fluxes of the discrete X-ray sources in Spitzer Infrared Array Camera channels. We constructed a cumulative luminosity function of the discrete X-ray sources seen toward NGC 45: taking into account simultaneously the luminosity function of background sources, the fitted slope of the cumulative luminosity function Γ = -1.3{}-1.6+0.7 (all error bounds correspond to 90% confidence

  15. The low dark matter content of the lenticular galaxy NGC 3998

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    Boardman, Nicholas F.; Weijmans, Anne-Marie; van den Bosch, Remco; Zhu, Ling; Yildirim, Akin; van de Ven, Glenn; Cappellari, Michele; de Zeeuw, Tim; Emsellem, Eric; Krajnović, Davor; Naab, Thorsten

    2016-08-01

    We observed the lenticular galaxy NGC 3998 with the Mitchell Integral-Field Spectrograph and extracted line-of-sight velocity distributions out to three half-light radii. We constructed collisionless orbit models in order to constrain NGC 3998's dark and visible structure, using kinematics from both the Mitchell and SAURON instruments. We find NGC 3998 to be almost axisymmetric, seen nearly face-on with a flattened intrinsic shape - i.e. a face-on fast rotator. We find an I-band mass-to-light ratio of 4.7_{-0.45}^{+0.32} in good agreement with previous spectral fitting results for this galaxy. Our best-fitting orbit model shows a both a bulge and a disc component, with a non-negligible counter-rotating component also evident. We find that relatively little dark matter is needed to model this galaxy, with an inferred dark mass fraction of just (7.1^{+8.1}_{-7.1}){per cent} within one half-light radius.

  16. Accurate and Robust Calibration of the Extragalactic Distance Scale with the Maser Galaxy NGC4258

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    Greenhill, Lincoln

    2003-07-01

    The extragalactic distance scale {EDS} is defined by a comparison of Cepheid Period-Luminosity {PL} relations for nearby galaxies and the LMC, whose uncertain distance is thereby the SOLE anchor. Studies of maser sources orbiting the central black hole in the galaxy NGC4258 have provided the most accurate extragalactic distance ever {7.2+/- 0.5Mpc}. Since this distance is well determined and based on GEOMETRIC arguments, NGC4258 can provide a much needed new anchor for the EDS. We propose multi-epoch BVIH observations of NGC4258 in order to discover about 100 Cepheids and to characterize their light curves with 2-3 times greater accuracy than was previously possible with WFPC2. At 90 orbits {48 in Cycle 12; 42 in Cycle 13}, this is a relatively large program. However, the result will have a major impact on the EDS, and substantial attention must be paid to characterization and minimization of systematic errors, as from metallicity, crowding, and blending. The resulting dataset will be the most complete for Cepheids in any galaxy yet studied with HST. In an ongoing NASA-funded program {OSS-SARA}, we are using new analysis techniques and radio data to reduce uncertainty in the geometric distance to < 3% {0.07 mag}. With this improved geometric distance and the BVIH data, we will be able to calculate the zero point of the PL relation ROBUSTLY to <4% {0.09 mag}.

  17. X-Ray Emission from a Merger Remnant, NGC 7252 (the ``Atoms-for-Peace'' Galaxy)

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    Awaki, Hisamitsu; Matsumoto, Hironori; Tomida, Hiroshi

    2002-03-01

    We observed a nearby merger remnant NGC 7252 with the X-ray satellite ASCA and detected X-ray emission with the X-ray flux of (1.8+/-0.3)×10-13 ergs s-1 cm-2 in the 0.5-10 keV band. This corresponds to the X-ray luminosity of 8.1×1040 ergs s-1. The X-ray emission is well described with a two-component model: a soft component with kT=0.72+/-0.13 keV and a hard component with kT>5.1 keV. Although NGC 7252 is referred to as a dynamically young protoelliptical, the 0.5-4 keV luminosity of the soft component is about 2×1040 ergs s-1, which is low for an early-type galaxy. The ratio of LX/LFIR suggests that the soft component originated from the hot gas due to star formation. Its low luminosity can be explained by the gas ejection from the galaxy as galaxy winds. Our observation reveals the existence of hard X-ray emission with the 2-10 keV luminosity of 5.6×1040 ergs s-1. This may indicate the existence of nuclear activity or an intermediate-mass black hole in NGC 7252.

  18. NGC 2110 - An X-ray/radio galaxy with elliptical morphology

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    Bradt, H. V.; Burke, B. F.; Canizares, C. R.; Greenfield, P. E.; Kelley, R. L.; Mcclintock, J. E.; Koski, A. T.; Van Paradijs, J.

    1978-01-01

    The detection of X-ray emission from NGC 2110, a narrow-emission-line galaxy of apparently elliptical morphology, is reported. A relatively hard 2-11-keV energy spectrum with an index of 0.1 + or - 0.3 is obtained, and the X-ray luminosity in this energy band is shown to be 1.2 x 10 to the 43rd erg/s for the redshift distance of 43 Mpc. Optical and radio observations are discussed which indicate a galactocentric redshift of approximately 0.0071, a resolved nonstellar optical nucleus about 4 arcsec in extent, Seyfert type 2 emission lines from the nucleus, and a nonthermal radio source located 3.0 arcsec from the position of the optical nucleus. No evidence is found for X-ray source variability in NGC 2110. It is suggested that the four to seven known X-ray-emitting high-excitation narrow-emission-line galaxies appear to be nearby examples of the Seyfert type 2 phenomenon and that the elliptical morphology of NGC 2110, if confirmed, may be unique among known Seyfert galaxies.

  19. Diffuse Gamma-Ray Emission from the Starburst Galaxy NGC 253

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    Bertsch, David L.; Paglione, Timothy A. D.; Marscher, Alan P.; Jackson, James M.

    1995-01-01

    The starburst galaxy NGC 253 was observed with the Energetic Gamma Ray Experiment Telescope (EGRET) aboard the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (CGRO) satellite. We obtain a 2 sigma upper limit to the gamma-ray emission above 100 MeV of 8 x 10(exp -8) photons/sq cm/s. Because of their large gas column densities and supernova rates, nearby starburst galaxies were predicted to have gamma-ray fluxes detectable by EGRET. Our nondetection of gamma-rays from NGC 253 motivates us to reexamine in detail the premise of supernova acceleration of cosmic rays and the effect of enhanced cloud densities, photon densities, and magnetic fields on the high-energy spectra of galaxies. By modeling the expected gamma-ray and synchrotron spectra from NGC 253, we find that up to 20% of the energy from supernovae is transferred to cosmic rays in the starburst, which is consistent with supernova acceleration models. Our calculations match the EGRET and radio data well with a supernova rate of 0.08/yr, a magnetic field B greater than or approximately equal to 5 x 10(exp -5) G, a density n approximately 300/cu cm, a photon density U(sub ph) approximately 200 eV/cu cm, and an escape timescale tau(sub o) less than or approximately equal to 10 Myr.

  20. Origin of cosmic rays. I. Observations of the spiral galaxy NGC 3310

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    Duric, N.; Seaquist, E.R.; Crane, P.C.; Davis, L.E.

    1986-05-01

    An observational technique is presented for addressing the problem of the origin of cosmic rays in galaxies by determining and comparing the distributions of cosmic rays, stars, and thermal gas. It is argued that optical continuum, emission line, and radio continuum imaging can be used to determine the distributions of the major stellar populations, the ionized gas, and the cosmic rays in galactic disks. An application of the technique is demonstrated by presenting and discussing observations of the spiral galaxy, NGC 3310. A preliminary analysis points to a possible spiral arm origin but argues against conventional models of cosmic-ray production such as supernova remnants. 38 references.

  1. Stellar populations in edge-on galaxies from deep CCD surface photometry, 1: NGC 5907

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    Morrison, Heather L.; Boroson, Todd A.; Harding, Paul

    1994-01-01

    We present extremely deep charge coupled device (CCD) surface photometry of the edge-on Sc galaxy NGC 5907. Our data reach reliably to a surface brightness of R=27 mag/sq arcsec, some two magnitudes fainter than any previous work. We obtained this improvement using a 2048X2048 CCD with a wide (approximately 24 min) field, which made it possible to sky subtract directly from the galaxy frame, and by taking many dark sky flatfields. Our analysis of these data, using a full 2D model fitting procedure with a detailed error model, confirm the thin disk parameters of van der Kruit & Searle (1981). In particular, we confirm that the galaxy's disk has a radial cutoff and a constant scale height with radius. We find evidence for a stellar warp in this system, which has the same orientation as the H I warp. Our deep data also confirm that NGC 5907 has no thick disk. This suggests that theories of thick disk formation from star formation in the early stages of disk collapse, or by secular heating mechanisms, are unlikely to be correct, because they would predict that every galaxy would have a thick disk. Thick disk formation from the accretion of satellite galaxies is more likely.

  2. HUBBLE PROBES THE VIOLENT BIRTH OF STARS IN GALAXY NGC 253 [Left

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    2002-01-01

    An image of the spiral galaxy NGC 253, taken with a ground-based telescope. The galaxy is located about 8 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor. Credit: Jay Gallagher (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Alan Watson (Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ), and NASA [Right] This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the core of the nearest starburst spiral galaxy, NGC 253, reveals violent star formation within a region 1,000 light-years across. A starburst galaxy has an exceptionally high rate of star birth, first identified by its excess of infrared radiation from warm dust. Hubble's high resolution allows astronomers to quantify complex structures in the starburst core of the galaxy for the first time, including luminous star clusters, dust lanes which trace regions of dense gas and filaments of glowing gas. Hubble identifies several regions of intense star formation, which include a bright, super-compact star cluster. These observations confirm that stars are often born in dense clusters within starbursts, and that dense gas coexists with and obscures the starburst core. This image was taken with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (in PC mode). Credit: Carnegie Institution of Washington

  3. The Holistic Evolution of Dwarf Galaxies: Internal and External Processes in NGC 6822

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    Cannon, John

    2010-09-01

    Low-mass galaxy evolution is driven by both internal {e.g., star formation and feedback} and external {e.g., tidal interaction} processes; however, few nearby systems show evidence of both mechanisms operating in tandem. The Local Group dwarf galaxy NGC 6822 presents a unique opportunity to study important evolutionary processes because of proximity and timing: it harbors one of the largest known holes in its neutral ISM {a signpost of violent stellar feedback}, and it appears to be undergoing a tidal interaction with a very low mass companion dwarf galaxy. To capitalize on this opportunity, we propose to undertake an ACS and WFC3 imaging study of the stellar populations throughout NGC 6822. We will study the role of both internal and external processes by sampling the stellar populations associated with the main body {using archival WFPC2 data}, the giant HI hole, the companion dwarf galaxy, and the tidal material at the ends of the disk. From these data we will extract precise color magnitude diagrams; we will measure the full 13 Gyr star formation history of each field, with high time resolution {20-250 Myr} over the past 1 Gyr, and quantify the relative contributions of internal and external drivers of dwarf galaxy evolution. Specifically, we will study: 1} the nature of the companion object {differentiating between infalling gas and a genuine low-mass galaxy}; 2} the energetics of giant HI hole creation; 3} the role of interactions in the system's evolution; 4} the nature of feedback in governing the star formation process; and 5} the patterns of star formation over time. We have optimized our field placements to extract the most information possible about the competing forces that drive galaxy evolution; in only six orbits, we will gain fundamental insights into the contributions of both internal and external processes that bear on the evolution of low-mass galaxies.

  4. Escape fraction of ionizing photons from a dwarf galaxy NGC 4214

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    Choi, Yumi; Fouesneau, Morgan; Gordon, Karl D.; Williams, Benjamin F.; Dalcanton, Julianne; Weisz, Daniel R.; Arab, Heddy; Sandstrom, Karin; Dolphin, Andrew E.

    2015-01-01

    Recent studies suggest that starburst dwarf galaxies played an important role in the early universe. Because these galaxies dominate by number, their leaked ionizing photons are likely main contributors to the reionization of the intergalactic medium (IGM). However, the complex structure of the interstellar medium (ISM) even at the pc scale makes it hard to predict the escape fraction of ionizing photons from high-redshift galaxies accurately. Analogues to their high-redshift counterparts, nearby starburst dwarf galaxies provide excellent laboratories to study the impact of star formation on the surrounding ISM and IGM in detail. Thanks to its proximity, the dwarf galaxy, NGC 4214, has been imaged with the high-resolution of WFC3 on HST from the near-UV to the near-IR (F225W, F336W, F438W, F814W, F110W, and F160W). These observations yielded measurements of the broad spectral energy distributions (SEDs) for ˜36,000 resolved stars within this galaxy. We developed a probabilistic tool (Bayesian Extinction and Stellar Tool, a.k.a. BEAST) to simultaneously infer from their SEDs the stellar properties of individual stars and the intervening dust properties along the line of sight to each star. With the aid of BEAST, we are able to infer the intrinsic ionizing flux produced by individual stars. By comparing this intrinsic ionizing flux with the flux that is used to ionize the ISM in the galaxy, derived based on the extinction-corrected Hα emission, we can estimate the escape fraction and its local variation within the galaxy. Our preliminary results show that the global UV leakage of NGC 4214 is ˜10%.

  5. The Arecibo Galaxy Environment Survey: precursor observations of the NGC 628 group

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    Auld, R.; Minchin, R. F.; Davies, J. I.; Catinella, B.; van Driel, W.; Henning, P. A.; Linder, S.; Momjian, E.; Muller, E.; O'Neil, K.; Sabatini, S.; Schneider, S.; Bothun, G.; Cortese, L.; Disney, M.; Hoffman, G. L.; Putman, M.; Rosenberg, J. L.; Baes, M.; de Blok, W. J. G.; Boselli, A.; Brinks, E.; Brosch, N.; Irwin, J.; Karachentsev, I. D.; Kilborn, V. A.; Koribalski, B.; Spekkens, K.

    2006-10-01

    The Arecibo Galaxy Environment Survey (AGES) is one of several HI surveys utilizing the new Arecibo L-band Feed Array (ALFA) fitted to the 305-m radio telescope at Arecibo.a The survey is specifically designed to investigate various galactic environments to higher sensitivity, higher velocity resolution and higher spatial resolution than previous fully sampled, 21-cm multibeam surveys. The emphasis is on making detailed observations of nearby objects although the large system bandwidth (100MHz) will allow us to quantify the HI properties over a large instantaneous velocity range. In this paper, we describe the survey and its goals and present the results from the precursor observations of a 5 × 1-deg2 region containing the nearby (~10Mpc) NGC 628 group. We have detected all the group galaxies in the region including the low-mass (MHI ~107Msolar) dwarf, dw0137+1541. The fluxes and velocities for these galaxies compare well with previously published data. There is no intragroup neutral gas detected down to a limiting column density of 2 × 1018cm-2. In addition to the group galaxies we have detected 22 galaxies beyond the NGC 628 group, nine of which are previously uncatalogued. We present the HI data for these objects and also SuperCOSMOS images for possible optical galaxies that might be associated with the HI signal. We have used V/Vmax analysis to model how many galaxies beyond 1000kms-1 should be detected and compare this with our results. The predicted number of detectable galaxies varies depending on the HI mass function (HIMF) used in the analysis. Unfortunately the precursor survey area is too small to determine whether this is saying anything fundamental about the HIMF or simply highlighting the effect of low number statistics. This is just one of many questions that will be addressed by the complete AGES survey.

  6. Globular Clusters as Dynamical Probes of the s0 Galaxy NGC 3115

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    Kavelaars, J. J.

    This thesis presents a photometric and spectroscopic investigation of the globular cluster system (GCS) of the S0 galaxy NGC 3115. Photometric observations, obtained at the CFHT, were made in V and I. The limiting magnitude in both filters is approximately at the level of the peak of the globular cluster luminosity function, determined to be mVTO = 22.8 ± 0.2. This turnover value, when compared with that of the Milky Way, implies a distance modulus of (m - M)VTO = 30.2 ± 0.3 which is consistent with distance estimates based on the magnitude of the red giant branch tip. Analysis of the integrated V - I colours of the clusters indicates that the GCS contains multiple population components. The red clusters appear more concentrated towards the plane of NGC 3115 than do the blue clusters. From the spectroscopic observations, obtained at the WHT using the LDSS, we find that the cluster system is rapidly rotating and that the velocity dispersion of the cluster system implies M/L = 19-3+10 at a distance of R = 15kpc from the center of NGC 3115. This value of M/L is larger than that found at smaller radii suggesting that NGC 3115 possesses a dark matter halo. By combining the spectral and photometric data we find very strong evidence that NGC 3115 possesses two separate and distinct cluster populations, one a metal-rich thick disk system and the other a metal-poor halo system. This is the first detection of a disk system of clusters in a non-Local Group galaxy.

  7. The dust energy balance in the edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 4565

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    De Looze, Ilse; Baes, Maarten; Bendo, George J.; Ciesla, Laure; Cortese, Luca; de Geyter, Gert; Groves, Brent; Boquien, Médéric; Boselli, Alessandro; Brondeel, Lena; Cooray, Asantha; Eales, Steve; Fritz, Jacopo; Galliano, Frédéric; Gentile, Gianfranco; Gordon, Karl D.; Hony, Sacha; Law, Ka-Hei; Madden, Suzanne C.; Sauvage, Marc; Smith, Matthew W. L.; Spinoglio, Luigi; Verstappen, Joris

    2012-12-01

    We combine new dust continuum observations of the edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 4565 in all Herschel/Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (250, 350 and 500 μm) wavebands, obtained as part of the Herschel Reference Survey, and a large set of ancillary data (Spitzer, Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Galaxy Evolution Explorer) to analyse its dust energy balance. We fit a radiative transfer model for the stars and dust to the optical maps with the fitting algorithm FITSKIRT. To account for the observed ultraviolet and mid-infrared emission, this initial model was supplemented with both obscured and unobscured star-forming regions. Even though these star-forming complexes provide an additional heating source for the dust, the far-infrared/submillimetre emission long wards of 100 μm is underestimated by a factor of 3-4. This inconsistency in the dust energy budget of NGC 4565 suggests that a sizable fraction (two-thirds) of the total dust reservoir (Md ˜ 2.9 × 108 M⊙) consists of a clumpy distribution with no associated young stellar sources. The distribution of those dense dust clouds would be in such a way that they remain unresolved in current far-infrared/submillimetre observations and hardly contribute to the attenuation at optical wavelengths. More than two-thirds of the dust heating in NGC 4565 is powered by the old stellar population, with localized embedded sources supplying the remaining dust heating in NGC 4565. The results from this detailed dust energy balance study in NGC 4565 are consistent with that of similar analyses of other edge-on spirals.

  8. PARSEC-SCALE IMAGING OF THE RADIO-BUBBLE SEYFERT GALAXY NGC 6764

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    Kharb, P.; O'Dea, C. P.; Axon, D. J.; Robinson, A.; Hota, Ananda; Croston, J. H.; Hardcastle, M. J.; Kraft, R. P.

    2010-11-01

    We have observed the composite active galactic nucleus (AGN)-starburst galaxy NGC 6764 with the Very Long Baseline Array at 1.6 and 4.9 GHz. These observations have detected a 'core-jet' structure and a possible weak counterjet component at 1.6 GHz. The upper limits to the core and jet (1.6-4.9 GHz) spectral index are 0.6 and 0.3, respectively. Taken together with the high brightness temperature of {approx}10{sup 7} K for the core region, the radio emission appears to be coming from a synchrotron jet. At a position angle of {approx}25{sup 0}, the parsec-scale jet seems to be pointing closely toward the western edge of the southern kpc-scale bubble in NGC 6764. A real connection between the parsec- and sub-kpc-scale emission would not only suggest the presence of a curved jet, but also a close link between the AGN jet and the radio bubbles in NGC 6764. We demonstrate that a precessing jet model can explain the radio morphology from parsec to sub-kpc scales, and the model best-fit parameters of jet speed and orientation are fully consistent with the observed jet-to-counterjet surface brightness ratio. The jet however appears to be disrupted on scales of hundreds of parsecs, possibly due to interaction with and entrainment of the interstellar medium gas, which subsequently leads to the formation of bubbles. The jet energetics in NGC 6764 suggest that it would take 12-21 Myr to inflate the (southern) bubble. This timescale corresponds roughly to the starburst episode that took place in NGC 6764 about 15-50 Myr ago, and could be indicative of a close connection between jet formation and the starburst activity in this galaxy.

  9. STAR FORMATION IN NUCLEAR RINGS OF BARRED GALAXIES

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    Seo, Woo-Young; Kim, Woong-Tae E-mail: wkim@astro.snu.ac.kr

    2013-06-01

    Nuclear rings in barred galaxies are sites of active star formation. We use hydrodynamic simulations to study the temporal and spatial behavior of star formation occurring in nuclear rings of barred galaxies where radial gas inflows are triggered solely by a bar potential. The star formation recipes include a density threshold, an efficiency, conversion of gas to star particles, and delayed momentum feedback via supernova explosions. We find that the star formation rate (SFR) in a nuclear ring is roughly equal to the mass inflow rate to the ring, while it has a weak dependence on the total gas mass in the ring. The SFR typically exhibits a strong primary burst followed by weak secondary bursts before declining to very small values. The primary burst is associated with the rapid gas infall to the ring due to the bar growth, while the secondary bursts are caused by re-infall of the ejected gas from the primary burst. While star formation in observed rings persists episodically over a few Gyr, the duration of active star formation in our models lasts for only about half of the bar growth time, suggesting that the bar potential alone is unlikely to be responsible for gas supply to the rings. When the SFR is low, most star formation occurs at the contact points between the ring and the dust lanes, leading to an azimuthal age gradient of young star clusters. When the SFR is large, on the other hand, star formation is randomly distributed over the whole circumference of the ring, resulting in no apparent azimuthal age gradient. Since the ring shrinks in size with time, star clusters also exhibit a radial age gradient, with younger clusters found closer to the ring. The cluster mass function is well described by a power law, with a slope depending on the SFR. Giant gas clouds in the rings have supersonic internal velocity dispersions and are gravitationally bound.

  10. Nearby Spiral Galaxy Globular Cluster Systems. II. Globular Cluster Metallicities in NGC 300

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    Nantais, Julie B.; Huchra, John P.; Barmby, Pauline; Olsen, Knut A. G.

    2010-03-01

    We present new metallicity estimates for globular cluster (GC) candidates in the Sd spiral NGC 300, one of the nearest spiral galaxies outside the Local Group. We have obtained optical spectroscopy for 44 Sculptor Group GC candidates with the Boller and Chivens (B&C) spectrograph on the Baade Telescope at Las Campanas Observatory. There are two GCs in NGC 253 and 12 objects in NGC 300 with globular-cluster-like spectral features, nine of which have radial velocities above 0 km s-1. The remaining three, due to their radial velocities being below the expected 95% confidence limit for velocities of NGC 300 halo objects, are flagged as possible foreground stars. The non-cluster-like candidates included 13 stars, 15 galaxies, and an H II region. One GC, four galaxies, two stars, and the H II region from our sample were identified in archival Hubble Space Telescope images. For the GCs, we measure spectral indices and estimate metallicities using an empirical calibration based on Milky Way GCs. The GCs of NGC 300 appear similar to those of the Milky Way. Excluding possible stars and including clusters from the literature, the GC system (GCS) has a velocity dispersion of 68 km s-1 and has no clear evidence of rotation. The mean metallicity for our full cluster sample plus one literature object is [Fe/H] = -0.94, lying above the relationship between mean GC metallicity and overall galaxy luminosity. Excluding the three low-velocity candidates, we obtain a mean [Fe/H] = -0.98, still higher than expected, raising the possibility of significant foreground star contamination even in this sample. Visual confirmation of genuine GCs using high-resolution space-based imagery could greatly reduce the potential problem of interlopers in small samples of GCSs in low-radial-velocity galaxies. Data for this project were obtained at the Baade 6.5 m telescope, Las Campanas Observatory, Chile. This publication makes use of data products from the Two Micron All Sky Survey, which is a joint

  11. UBVRI Light Curves of the Seyfert Galaxy NGC 7469 During 1990-1998: Microvariability

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    Merkulova, N. I.

    2000-02-01

    Observations of the nuclear region of the Seyfert galaxy NGC 7469 obtained at Crimean Astrophysical Observatory with the 1.25 m telescope are presented. During 64 nights on nine observational runs between 1990 September 24 and 1998 October 22 in each spectral band of the Johnson UBVRI system, about 1500 measurements have been performed simultaneously through the round aperture 20" in diameter using differential photometry techniques. The estimated accuracy of each measurement is about 0.01 mag. During the observing period 1990-1996 the mean luminosity of the nucleus was almost constant; only overlapping brightness fluctuations were observed. The mean luminosity level has been raised in 1996 October. The peak amplitude (maximum flux/minimum flux) Fmax/Fmin=2.09 on the light curves was observed in the U band, while the minimum amplitude Fmax/Fmin=1.32 was in the I band for the entire observation period. Using structure function (SF) analysis, the following conclusions have been made: (1) Long-term variability is caused by the same processes in the optical, because the slope b of the SF is approximately equal for all wave bands, except for the I band the slope is appreciably distinguished from the others. This would be an indication of the presence of an independent IR energy source in NGC 7469. (2) Considering the same time interval (from 6 minutes to 2 hr) for intranight variability on SFs at different wave bands, one can conclude that flicker noise causes variations observed on the light curve at the UV region (U and B bands), while at the near-IR region the light curve is formed by mixed shot noise and flicker noise-the greater the wavelength, the more the contribution of shot noise processes. (3) On intranight light curves of the NGC 7469 there exist rapid flares with durations ~25 minutes at U band, ~55 minutes at B, V bands, and ~2 hr at R, I bands-a typical timescale of intranight variability increasing with the increasing wavelength. In order to examine the

  12. Spectroscopic study of extended star clusters in dwarf galaxy NGC 6822

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    Hwang, Narae; Kim, Sang Chul; Park, Hong Soo; Lee, Myung Gyoon; Lim, Sungsoon; Hodge, Paul W.; Weisz, Daniel; Miller, Bryan

    2014-03-01

    We present a spectroscopic study of the four extended star clusters (ESCs) in NGC 6822 based on the data obtained with the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph on the Gemini-South 8.1 m telescope. The radial velocities derived from the spectra range from –61.2 ± 20.4 km s{sup –1} (for C1) to –115.34 ± 57.9 km s{sup –1} (for C4) and, unlike the intermediate-age carbon stars, they do not display any sign of systematic rotation around NGC 6822. The ages and metallicities derived using the Lick indices show that the ESCs are old (≥8 Gyr) and metal poor ([Fe/H] ≲ –1.5). NGC 6822 is found to have both metal poor ([Fe/H] ≈–2.0) and metal rich ([Fe/H] ≈–0.9) star clusters within 15' (2 kpc) from the center, whereas only metal poor clusters are observed in the outer halo with r ≥ 20'(2.6 kpc). The kinematics, old ages, and low metallicities of ESCs suggest that ESCs may have accreted into the halo of NGC 6822. Based on the velocity distribution of ESCs, we have determined the total mass and the mass-to-light ratio of NGC 6822: M{sub N6822}=7.5{sub −0.1}{sup +4.5}×10{sup 9} M{sub ⊙} and (M/L){sub N6822}=75{sub −1}{sup +45}(M/L){sub ⊙}. It shows that NGC 6822 is one of the most dark matter dominated dwarf galaxies in the Local Group.

  13. A JET MODEL FOR THE BROADBAND SPECTRUM OF THE SEYFERT 1 GALAXY NGC 4051

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    Maitra, Dipankar; Miller, Jon M.; King, Ashley; Markoff, Sera

    2011-07-10

    Recent radio very long baseline interferometry observations of the {approx} parsec-scale nuclear region of the narrow line Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 4051 hint toward the presence of outflowing plasma. From available literature we have collected high-quality, high-resolution broadband spectral energy distribution (SED) data of the nuclear region of NGC 4051 spanning from radio through X-rays, to test whether the broadband SED can be explained within the framework of a relativistically outflowing jet model. We show that once the contribution from the host galaxy is taken into account, the broadband emission from the active galactic nucleus (AGN) of NGC 4051 can be well described by the jet model. Contributions from dust and ongoing star formation in the nuclear region tend to dominate the IR emission even at the highest resolutions. In the framework of the jet model, the correlated high variability of the extreme-ultraviolet and X-rays compared to other wavelengths suggests that the emission at these wavelengths is optically thin synchrotron originating in the particle acceleration site(s) in the jet very close (few r{sub g}= GM{sub BH}/c{sup 2}) to the central supermassive black hole of mass M{sub BH}. Our conclusions support the hypothesis that narrow line Seyfert 1 galaxies (which NGC 4051 is a member of) harbor a 'jetted' outflow with properties similar to what has already been seen in low-luminosity AGNs and stellar mass black holes in hard X-ray state.

  14. Kinematics of Superbubbles and Supershells in the Irregular Galaxy, NGC 1569

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    Sánchez-Cruces, M.; Rosado, M.; Rodríguez-González, A.; Reyes-Iturbide, J.

    2015-02-01

    We present observations in the optical lines of Hα and [S II] (λλ6717, 6731 Å) and in X-rays of the irregular galaxy, NGC 1569. The observations in Hα and [S II] were made with the UNAM scanning Fabry-Perot interferometer (PUMA) and the X-ray data were obtained from the Chandra data archive. We detected several superbubbles, filaments, and supershells in NGC 1569 for which we determined size as well as their kinematic properties. We present a catalog of expansion velocities of 12 superbubbles, listing their positions, diameters, and physical parameters. Likewise, we present a catalog of 15 filaments and 4 supershells. In order to identify possible X-ray emission from the superbubbles in this galaxy, we analyzed the X-ray emission of NGC 1569 in two energy bands: 0.2-2.0 keV (soft X-rays) and 2.0-8.0 keV (hard X-rays). Based on X-ray images, we detected X-ray emission that could possibly be related to some of the superbubbles. The spectrum of the X-ray superbubbles can be described by an optically thin thermal plasma model. In order to identify the possible coexistence of galactic super winds and superbubbles we have performed adiabatic three-dimensional N-body/smoothed particle hydrodynamics simulations to follow the evolution of the most important stellar clusters in this galaxy, SSC A and SSC B, using the GADGET-2 code. Those simulations demonstrate that depending on the specific initial conditions, the formation of superbubbles or a galactic superwind can result in NGC 1569.

  15. Dark matter and MOND dynamical models of the massive spiral galaxy NGC 2841

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    Samurović, S.; Vudragović, A.; Jovanović, M.

    2015-08-01

    We study dynamical models of the massive spiral galaxy NGC 2841 using both the Newtonian models with Navarro-Frenk-White (NFW) and isothermal dark haloes, as well as various MOND (MOdified Newtonian Dynamics) models. We use the observations coming from several publicly available data bases: we use radio data, near-infrared photometry as well as spectroscopic observations. In our models, we find that both tested Newtonian dark matter approaches can successfully fit the observed rotational curve of NGC 2841. The three tested MOND models (standard, simple and, for the first time applied to another spiral galaxy than the Milky Way, Bekenstein's toy model) provide fits of the observed rotational curve with various degrees of success: the best result was obtained with the standard MOND model. For both approaches, Newtonian and MOND, the values of the mass-to-light ratios of the bulge are consistent with the predictions from the stellar population synthesis (SPS) based on the Salpeter initial mass function (IMF). Also, for Newtonian and simple and standard MOND models, the estimated stellar mass-to-light ratios of the disc agree with the predictions from the SPS models based on the Kroupa IMF, whereas the toy MOND model provides too low a value of the stellar mass-to-light ratio, incompatible with the predictions of the tested SPS models. In all our MOND models, we vary the distance to NGC 2841, and our best-fitting standard and toy models use the values higher than the Cepheid-based distance to the galaxy NGC 2841, and the best-fitting simple MOND model is based on the lower value of the distance. The best-fitting NFW model is inconsistent with the predictions of the Λ cold dark matter cosmology, because the inferred concentration index is too high for the established virial mass.

  16. The Hydra I cluster core. I. Stellar populations in the cD galaxy NGC 3311

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    Barbosa, C. E.; Arnaboldi, M.; Coccato, L.; Hilker, M.; Mendes de Oliveira, C.; Richtler, T.

    2016-05-01

    Context. The history of the mass assembly of brightest cluster galaxies may be studied by mapping the stellar populations at large radial distances from the galaxy centre, where the dynamical times are long and preserve the chemodynamical signatures of the accretion events. Aims: We provide extended and robust measurements of the stellar population parameters in NGC 3311, the cD galaxy at the centre of the Hydra I cluster, and out to three effective radii. We wish to characterize the processes that drove the build-up of the stellar light at all these radii. Methods: We obtained the spectra from several regions in NGC 3311 covering an area of ~3 arcmin2 in the wavelength range 4800 ≲ λ(Å) ≲ 5800, using the FORS2 spectrograph at the Very Large Telescope in the MXU mode. We measured the equivalent widths of seven absorption-features defined in the Lick/IDS system, which were modelled by single stellar populations, to provide luminosity-weighted ages, metallicities, and alpha element abundances. Results: The trends in the Lick indices and the distribution of the stellar population parameters indicate that the stars of NGC 3311 may be divided in two radial regimes, one within and the another beyond one effective radius, Re = 8.4 kpc, similar to the distinction between the inner galaxy and the external halo derived from the NGC 3311 velocity dispersion profile. The inner galaxy (R ≤ Re) is old (age ~14 Gyr), has negative metallicity gradients and positive alpha element gradients. The external halo is also very old, but has a negative age gradient. The metal and element abundances of the external halo both have a large scatter, indicating that stars from a variety of satellites with different masses have been accreted. The region in the extended halo associated with the off-centred envelope at 0°< PA < 90° has higher metallicity with respect to the symmetric external halo. Conclusions: The different stellar populations in the inner galaxy and extended halo

  17. The Arecibo Galaxy Environment Survey - IV. The NGC 7448 region and the H I mass function

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    Davies, J. I.; Auld, R.; Burns, L.; Minchin, R.; Momjian, E.; Schneider, S.; Smith, M.; Taylor, R.; van Driel, W.

    2011-08-01

    In this paper we describe results from the Arecibo Galaxy Environments Survey (AGES). The survey reaches column densities of ˜3 × 1018 cm-2 and masses of ˜107 M⊙, over individual regions of order 10 deg2 in size, out to a maximum velocity of 18 000 km s-1. Each surveyed region is centred on a nearby galaxy, group or cluster, in this instance the NGC 7448 group. Galaxy interactions in the NGC 7448 group reveal themselves through the identification of tidal tails and bridges. We find ˜2.5 times more atomic gas in the intergalactic medium than in the group galaxies. We identify five new dwarf galaxies, two of which appear to be members of the NGC 7448 group. This is too small, by roughly an order of magnitude, a number of dwarf galaxies to reconcile observation with theoretical predictions of galaxy formation models. If they had observed this region of the sky in previous wide-area blind H I surveys, HIPASS and ALFALFA, they would have detected only 5 and 43 per cent, respectively, of the galaxies we have detected, missing a large fraction of the atomic gas in this volume. We combine the data from this paper with that from our other AGES papers (370 galaxies) to derive an H I mass function with the following Schechter function parameters: α=-1.52(±0.05), M*= 5.1(±0.3) × 109 h-272 M⊙, ϕ= 8.6(±1.1) × 10-3 h372 Mpc-3 dex-1. Integrating the mass function leads to a cosmic mass density of atomic hydrogen of ΩH I= 5.3 (± 0.8) × 10-4 h-172. Our mass function is steeper than that found by both HIPASS and ALFALFA (α= 1.37 and 1.33, respectively), while our cosmic mass density is consistent with ALFALFA, but 1.7 times larger than found by HIPASS.

  18. NUCLEAR RINGS IN GALAXIES-A KINEMATIC PERSPECTIVE

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    Mazzuca, Lisa M.; Swaters, Robert A.; Veilleux, Sylvain; Knapen, Johan H.

    2011-10-01

    We combine DensePak integral field unit and TAURUS Fabry-Perot observations of 13 nuclear rings to show an interconnection between the kinematic properties of the rings and their resonant origin. The nuclear rings have regular and symmetric kinematics, and lack strong non-circular motions. This symmetry, coupled with a direct relationship between the position angles and ellipticities of the rings and those of their host galaxies, indicates that the rings are in the same plane as the disk and are circular. From the rotation curves derived, we have estimated the compactness (v{sup 2}/r) up to the turnover radius, which is where the nuclear rings reside. We find that there is evidence of a correlation between compactness and ring width and size. Radially wide rings are less compact, and thus have lower mass concentration. The compactness increases as the ring width decreases. We also find that the nuclear ring size is dependent on the bar strength, with weaker bars allowing rings of any size to form.

  19. Dynamical Effects of Nuclear Rings in Disk Galaxies

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    Heller, Clayton H.; Shlosman, Isaac

    1996-11-01

    We investigate the dynamical response of stellar orbits in a rotating barred galaxy potential to the perturbation by a nuclear gaseous ring. The change in three-dimensional periodic orbit families is examined as the gas accumulates between the inner Lindblad resonances. It is found that the phase space allowable to the x_2_ family of orbits is substantially increased, and a vertical instability strip appears with the growing mass of the ring. A significant distortion of the x_1_ orbits is observed in the vicinity of the ring, which leads to the intersection between orbits with different values of the Jacobi integral. We also examine the dependence of the orbital response to the eccentricity and alignment of the ring with the bar. Misalignment between an oval ring and a bar can leave observational footprints in the form of twisted near- infrared isophotes in the vicinity of the ring. It is inferred that a massive nuclear ring acts to weaken and dissolve the stellar bar exterior to the ring, whereas only weakly affecting the orbits interior to the inner Lindblad resonances. Consequences for gas evolution in the circumnuclear regions of barred galaxies are discussed as well.

  20. A survey of ring galaxies in search of IMBHs

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    Wolter, Anna

    2015-08-01

    Recent results support the notion that the majority of Ultra Luminous X-ray sources are X-ray binary systems. In particular, the higher luminosity sources are the main reservoir in which to look for Intermediate Mass Black Holes (IMBH). IMBH have fundamental cosmological implications, as they are deemed to be the seeds of SuperMassive BHs, sources of pre-heating of the intergalactic medium and of fluctuation in the Near IR Cosmic Background. Although a few hundred ULXs and candidates are now known, there has never been a specific survey tailored to find these sources. Most of the host galaxies that contain a large number of ULXs have been selected because they are bright and famous, such e.g. the Cartwheel. The collection of ULXs in various catalogs is based on detections without assessment of non-detections. As a first step towards creating a statistical significant sample of ULXs, we have started a small but focused project to observe a sample of Ring Galaxies. Ring galaxies are particularly suitable for this study, as they generally have high SFR and are expected to host a relatively large number of ULXs. Due to the peculiar morphology of ring galaxies, detected point sources in the ring are very likely to be physically associated with the galaxy, reducing the problem of contamination from spurious sources. From formation model we expect them to have a low metallicity content, which favours the formation of high mass remnants, possibly from direct collapse.We have selected all the peculiar galaxies labelled as collisional rings with a spectroscopic redshift z<0.02 from the Arp & Madore `Catalogue of southern peculiar galaxies and associations'. This selection produces a sample of 12 galaxies which we have observed with Chandra and XMM-Newton. We will discuss the results of these observations and support for current models that propose low metallicity environments as the ideal cradle for ULXs. We will compare the results from this statistically selected sample

  1. Is the EGRET Source 3EG J1621+8203 the Radio Galaxy NGC 6251?

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    Mukherjee, R.; Halpern, J.; Mirabal, N.; Gotthelf, E. V.

    2002-08-01

    We discuss the nature of the unidentified EGRET source 3EG J1621+8203. In an effort to identify the gamma-ray source, we have examined X-ray images of the field from ROSAT PSPC, ROSAT HRI, and ASCA GIS. Of the several faint X-ray point sources in the error circle of 3EG J1621+8203, most are stars or faint radio sources, unlikely to be counterparts to the EGRET source. The most notable object in the gamma-ray error box is the bright FR I radio galaxy NGC 6251. If 3EG J1621+8203 corresponds to NGC 6251, then it would be the second radio galaxy to be detected in high-energy gamma rays after Cen A, which provided the first clear evidence of the detection above 100 MeV of an active galactic nucleus (AGN) with a large-inclination jet. If the detection of more radio galaxies by EGRET has been limited by its threshold sensitivity, there exists the exciting possibility that new high-energy gamma-ray instruments, with much higher sensitivity, will detect a larger number of radio galaxies in the future.

  2. A close nuclear black-hole pair in the spiral galaxy NGC 3393.

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    Fabbiano, G; Wang, Junfeng; Elvis, M; Risaliti, G

    2011-09-22

    The current picture of galaxy evolution advocates co-evolution of galaxies and their nuclear massive black holes, through accretion and galactic merging. Pairs of quasars, each with a massive black hole at the centre of its galaxy, have separations of 6,000 to 300,000 light years (refs 2 and 3; 1 parsec = 3.26 light years) and exemplify the first stages of this gravitational interaction. The final stages of the black-hole merging process, through binary black holes and final collapse into a single black hole with gravitational wave emission, are consistent with the sub-light-year separation inferred from the optical spectra and light-variability of two such quasars. The double active nuclei of a few nearby galaxies with disrupted morphology and intense star formation (such as NGC 6240 with a separation of about 2,600 light years and Mrk 463 with a separation of about 13,000 light years between the nuclei) demonstrate the importance of major mergers of equal-mass spiral galaxies in this evolution; such mergers lead to an elliptical galaxy, as in the case of the double-radio-nucleus elliptical galaxy 0402+379 (with a separation of about 24 light years between the nuclei). Minor mergers of a spiral galaxy with a smaller companion should be a more common occurrence, evolving into spiral galaxies with active massive black-hole pairs, but have hitherto not been seen. Here we report the presence of two active massive black holes, separated by about 490 light years, in the Seyfert galaxy NGC 3393 (50 Mpc, about 160 million light years). The regular spiral morphology and predominantly old circum-nuclear stellar population of this galaxy, and the closeness of the black holes embedded in the bulge, provide a hitherto missing observational point to the study of galaxy/black hole evolution. Comparison of our observations with current theoretical models of mergers suggests that they are the result of minor merger evolution. PMID:21881560

  3. SPECTRAL TYPES OF RED SUPERGIANTS IN NGC 6822 AND THE WOLF-LUNDMARK-MELOTTE GALAXY

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    Levesque, Emily M.; Massey, Philip

    2012-07-15

    We present moderate-resolution spectroscopic observations of red supergiants (RSGs) in the low-metallicity Local Group galaxies NGC 6822 (Z = 0.4 Z{sub Sun} ) and Wolf-Lundmark-Melotte (WLM; Z = 0.1 Z{sub Sun} ). By combining these observations with reduction techniques for multislit data reduction and flux calibration, we are able to analyze spectroscopic data of 16 RSGs in NGC 6822 and spectrophotometric data of 11 RSGs in WLM. Using these observations, we determine spectral types for these massive stars, comparing them to Milky Way and Magellanic Cloud RSGs and thus extending observational evidence of the abundance-dependent shift of RSG spectral types to lower metallicities. In addition, we have uncovered two RSGs with unusually late spectral types (J000158.14-152332.2 in WLM, with a spectral type of M3 I, and J194453.46-144552.6 in NGC 6822, with a spectral type of M4.5 I) and a third RSG (J194449.96-144333.5 in NGC 6822) whose spectral type has varied from an M2.5 in 1997 to a K5 in 2008. All three of these stars could potentially be members of a recently discovered class of extreme RSG variables.

  4. RR LYRAE VARIABLES IN THE LOCAL GROUP DWARF GALAXY NGC 147

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    Yang, S-C.; Sarajedini, Ata E-mail: ata@astro.ufl.ed

    2010-01-01

    We investigate the RR Lyrae (RRL) population in NGC 147, a dwarf satellite galaxy of M31 (Andromeda). We used both Thuan-Gunn g-band ground-based photometry from the literature and Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 archival data in the F555W and F814W passbands to investigate the pulsation properties of RRL variable candidates in NGC 147. These data sets represent the two extreme cases often found in RRL studies with respect to the phase coverage of the observations and the quality of the photometric measurements. Extensive artificial variable star tests for both cases were performed. We conclude that neither data set is sufficient to confidently determine the pulsation properties of the NGC 147 RRLs. Thus, while we can assert that NGC 147 contains RRL variables, and therefore a population older than approx10 Gyr, it is not possible at this time to use the pulsation properties of these RRLs to study other aspects of this old population. Our results provide a good reference for gauging the completeness of RRL variable detection in future studies.

  5. An Off-nucleus Nonstellar Black Hole in the Seyfert Galaxy NGC 5252

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    Kim, Minjin; Ho, Luis C.; Wang, Junfeng; Fabbiano, Giuseppina; Bianchi, Stefano; Cappi, Massimo; Dadina, Mauro; Malaguti, Giuseppe; Wang, Chen

    2015-11-01

    We report the discovery of an ultraluminous X-ray source (ULX; CXO J133815.6+043255) in NGC 5252. This ULX is an off-nuclear point source, which is 22″ away from the center of NGC 5252, and has an X-ray luminosity of 1.5 × 1040 erg s-1. It is one of the rare examples of a ULX, which exhibits clear counterparts in radio, optical, and UV bands. A follow-up optical spectrum of the ULX shows strong emission lines. The redshift of the [O iii] emission line coincides with the systematic velocity of NGC 5252, suggesting that the ULX is gravitationally bound to NGC 5252. The flux of [O iii] appears to be correlated with both X-ray and radio luminosity in the same manner as ordinary active galactic nuclei (AGNs), indicating that the [O iii] emission is intrinsically associated with the ULX. Based on the multiwavelength data, we argue that the ULX is unlikely to be a background AGN. A more likely option is an accreting black hole with a mass of ≥slant {10}4 {M}⊙ , which might be a stripped remnant of a merging dwarf galaxy.

  6. Gas Kinematics and the Black Hole Mass at the Center of the Radio Galaxy NGC 4335

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    Verdoes Kleijn, Gijs A.; van der Marel, Roeland P.; de Zeeuw, P. Tim; Noel-Storr, Jacob; Baum, Stefi A.

    2002-11-01

    We investigate the kinematics of the central gas disk of the radio-loud elliptical galaxy NGC 4335, derived from Hubble Space Telescope (HST) long-slit spectroscopic observations of Hα+[N II] along three parallel slit positions. The observed mean velocities are consistent with a rotating thin disk. We model the gas disk in the customary way, taking into account the combined potential of the galaxy and a putative black hole with mass M•, as well as the influence on the observed kinematics of the point-spread function and finite slit width. This sets a 3 σ upper limit of 108 Msolar on M•. The velocity dispersion at r<~0.5" is in excess of that predicted by the thin rotating disk model. This does not invalidate the model if the excess dispersion is caused by localized turbulent motion in addition to bulk circular rotation. However, if instead the dispersion is caused by the black hole (BH) potential then the thin disk model provides an underestimate of M•. A BH mass M•~6×108 Msolar is inferred by modeling the central gas dispersion as due to an isotropic spherical distribution of collisionless gas cloudlets. The stellar kinematics for NGC 4335 are derived from a ground-based (William Herschel Telescope/ISIS) long-slit observation along the galaxy major axis. A two-integral model of the stellar dynamics yields M•>~3×109 Msolar. However, there is reason to believe that this model overestimates M•. Reported correlations between black hole mass and inner stellar velocity dispersion σ predict M• to be >=5.4×108 Msolar in NGC 4335. If our standard thin disk modeling of the gas kinematics is valid, then NGC 4335 has an unusually low M• for its velocity dispersion. If, on the other hand, this approach is flawed and provides an underestimate of M•, then black hole masses for other galaxies derived from HST gas kinematics with the same assumptions should be treated with caution. In general, a precise determination of the M•-σ relation and its scatter

  7. NGC 4370: a case study for testing our ability to infer dust distribution and mass in nearby galaxies

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    Viaene, S.; De Geyter, G.; Baes, M.; Fritz, J.; Bendo, G. J.; Boquien, M.; Boselli, A.; Bianchi, S.; Cortese, L.; Côté, P.; Cuillandre, J.-C.; De Looze, I.; di Serego Alighieri, S.; Ferrarese, L.; Gwyn, S. D. J.; Hughes, T. M.; Pappalardo, C.

    2015-07-01

    Context. A segment of the early-type galaxy population hosts a prominent dust lane, often decoupled from its stellar body. Methods of quantifying the dust content of these systems based on optical imaging data usually yield dust masses that are an order of magnitude lower than dust masses derived from the observed far-IR (FIR) emission. The discrepancy is often explained by invoking a diffuse dust component that is hard to trace in the UV or optical. Aims: High-quality optical data from the Next Generation Virgo cluster Survey (NGVS) and FIR/sub-mm observations from the Herschel Virgo Cluster Survey (HeViCS) allow us to revisit previous methods of determining the dust content in galaxies and explore new ones. NGC 4370 is an edge-on, early-type galaxy with a conspicuous dust lane and regular morphology, making it suitable for several (semi-)analytical modelling techniques. We aim to derive the dust mass from both optical and FIR data and to investigate the need to invoke a putative diffuse dust component. Methods: We used different methods to determine the total dust mass in the dust lane. We used our exquisite optical data to create colour and attenuation maps, which are converted to approximate dust mass maps based on simple dust geometries. Dust masses were also derived from SED fits to FIR to sub-mm observations. Finally, inverse radiative transfer fitting was performed to investigate more complex dust geometries, such as an exponential dust disc and a dust ring and to treat the dust-starlight interaction in a self-consistent way. Results: We find that the empirical methods applied to the optical data yield lower limits of 3.4 × 105 M⊙, an order of magnitude below the total dust masses derived from SED fitting. In contrast, radiative transfer models yield dust masses that are slightly lower, but fully consistent with the FIR-derived mass. We find that the effect of a nuclear stellar disc on the derivation of the total dust mass is minor. Conclusions: Dust is

  8. The James Clerk Maxwell Telescope Nearby Galaxies Legacy Survey - IX. 12CO J = 3→2 observations of NGC 2976 and NGC 3351

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    Tan, Boon-Kok; Leech, J.; Rigopoulou, D.; Warren, B. E.; Wilson, C. D.; Attewell, D.; Azimlu, M.; Bendo, G. J.; Butner, H. M.; Brinks, E.; Chanial, P.; Clements, D. L.; Heesen, V.; Israel, F.; Knapen, J. H.; Matthews, H. E.; Mortier, A. M. J.; Mühle, S.; Sánchez-Gallego, J. R.; Tilanus, R. P. J.; Usero, A.; van der Werf, P.; Zhu, M.

    2013-11-01

    We present 12CO J = 3→2 maps of NGC 2976 and NGC 3351 obtained with the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT), both early targets of the JCMT Nearby Galaxy Legacy Survey (NGLS). We combine the present observations with 12CO J = 1→0 data and find that the computed 12CO J = 3→2 to 12CO J = 1→0 line ratio (R31) agrees with values measured in other NGLS field galaxies. We compute the MH2 value and find that it is robust against the value of R31 used. Using H I data from The H I Nearby Galaxy Survey, we find a tight correlation between the surface density of H2 and star formation rate density for NGC 3351 when 12CO J = 3→2 data are used. Finally, we compare the 12CO J = 3→2 intensity with the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) 8 μm surface brightness and find a good correlation in the high surface brightness regions. We extend this study to include all 25 Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey galaxies within the NGLS sample and find a tight correlation at large spatial scales. We suggest that both PAH 8 μm and 12CO J = 3→2 are likely to originate in regions of active star formation.

  9. Hot gas in the center of the Seyfert galaxy NGC 3079

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    Miyamoto, Yusuke; Nakai, Naomasa; Seta, Masumichi; Salak, Dragan; Nagai, Makoto; Ishii, Shun; Yamauchi, Aya

    2015-08-01

    The nearby (d = 19.7 Mpc) Seyfert galaxy NGC 3079 exhibits a prominent bubble emerging from the nucleus. In order to investigate the nuclear power source, we carried out ammonia observations toward the center of NGC 3079 with the Tsukuba 32-m telescope and the JVLA. The NH3 (J, K) = (1, 1) through (6,6) lines were detected in absorption at the center of NGC 3079 with the JVLA, although the profile of NH3(3,3) was in emission in contrast to the other transitions. All ammonia absorption lines have two distinct velocity components: one is at the systemic velocity (Vsys ~ 1116 km s-1) and the other is blueshifted (Vsys ~ 1020 km s-1), and both components are aligned along the nuclear jets. The blueshifted NH3(3,3) emission can be regarded as ammonia masers associated with shocks by strong winds probably from newly formed massive stars or supernova explosions in the nuclear megamaser disk. The derived rotational temperature, Trot = 120±12 K for the systemic component and Trot = 157±19 K for the blueshifted component, and fractional abundance of NH3 relative to molecular hydrogen H2 are higher than those in other galaxies reported. The high temperature environment at the center may be mainly attributed to heating by the nuclear jets.

  10. A CHANDRA OBSERVATION OF THE NEARBY SCULPTOR GROUP Sd GALAXY NGC 7793

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    Pannuti, Thomas G.; Staggs, Wayne D.; Schlegel, Eric M.; Filipovic, Miroslav D.; Payne, Jeffrey L.; Petre, Robert

    2011-07-15

    We conducted a Chandra ACIS observation of the nearby Sculptor Group Sd galaxy NGC 7793 as part of a multiwavelength study of supernova remnants (SNRs) in nearby galaxies. At the assumed distance to NGC 7793 of 3.91 Mpc, the limiting unabsorbed luminosity of the detected discrete X-ray sources is L{sub X} (0.2-10.0 keV) {approx}3x10{sup 36} erg s{sup -1}. A total of 22 discrete sources were detected at the {approx}3{sigma} level or greater including one ultraluminous X-ray source (ULX). Based on multiwavelength comparisons, we identify X-ray sources coincident with one SNR, the candidate microquasar N7793-S26, one H II region, and two foreground Galactic stars. We also find that the X-ray counterpart to the candidate radio SNR R3 is time variable in its X-ray emission: we therefore rule out the possibility that this source is a single SNR. A marked asymmetry is seen in the distribution of the discrete sources with the majority lying in the eastern half of this galaxy. All of the sources were analyzed using quantiles to estimate spectral properties and spectra of the four brightest sources (including the ULX) were extracted and analyzed. We searched for time variability in the X-ray emission of the detected discrete sources using our measured fluxes along with fluxes measured from prior Einstein and Roentgensatellit observations. From this study, three discrete X-ray sources are established to be significantly variable. A spectral analysis of the galaxy's diffuse emission is characterized by a temperature of kT = 0.19-0.25 keV. The luminosity function of the discrete sources shows a slope with an absolute value of {Gamma} = -0.65 {+-} 0.11 if we exclude the ULX. If the ULX is included, the luminosity function has a long tail to high L{sub X} with a poor-fitting slope of {Gamma} = -0.62 {+-} 0.2. The ULX-less slope is comparable to the slopes measured for the distributions of NGC 6946 and NGC 2403 but much shallower than the slopes measured for the distributions of

  11. Absorption and Reflection in the Seyfert 2 Galaxy NGC4388

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    Blanco, Philip

    We propose to observe NGC4388, the brightest Seyfert 2 observed in hard X-rays (Johnson et al. 1994). The determination of the hard X-ray/gamma-ray spectrum of this object will test the unified AGN model, according to which Seyfert 2s contain the same intrinsic hard X-ray/Gamma-ray sources as Seyfert 1s, but are seen through an optically thick obscuring torus. A measurement of the hard X-ray spectrum and any short term time variability will then allow us to model the physical processes responsible for the emission. Such studies are also important in assessing the contribution of Seyfert 2s to the cosmic X-ray background.

  12. Properties of the giant H II regions and bar in the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 5430

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    Brière, É.; Cantin, S.; Spekkens, K.

    2012-09-01

    In order to better understand the impact of the bar on the evolution of spiral galaxies, we measure the properties of giant H II regions and the bar in the SB(s)b galaxy NGC 5430. We use two complementary data sets, both obtained at the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic: a hyperspectral data cube from the imaging Fourier transform spectrograph SpIOMM (Spectromètre-Imageur à transformée de Fourier de l-Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic) and high-resolution spectra across the bar from a long-slit spectrograph. We flux-calibrate SpIOMM spectra for the first time, and produce Hα and [N II]λ6584 Å intensity maps from which we identify 51 giant H II regions in the spiral arms and bar. We evaluate the type of activity, the oxygen abundance and the age of the young populations contained in these giant H II regions and in the bar. Thus, we confirm that NGC 5430 does not harbour a strong active galactic nucleus, and that its Wolf-Rayet knot shows a pure H II region nature. We find no variation in abundance or age between the bar and spiral arms, nor as a function of galactocentric radius. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that a chemical mixing mechanism is at work in the galaxy's disc to flatten the oxygen abundance gradient. Using the STARBURST99 model, we estimate the ages of the young populations, and again find no variations in age between the bar and the arms or as a function of radius. Instead, we find evidence for two galaxy-wide waves of star formation, about 7.1 and 10.5 Myr ago. While the bar in NGC 5430 is an obvious candidate to trigger these two episodes, it is not clear how the bar could induce widespread star formation on such a short time-scale.

  13. Hubble Space Telescope images of the Seyfert galaxies NGC 5929 and MCG 8-11-11

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    Bower, Gary A.; Wilson, Andrew S.; Mulchaey, John S.; Miley, George K.; Heckman, Timothy M.; Krolik, Julian H.

    1994-01-01

    We present the initial results of a program to obtain high resolution images of Seyfert galaxies with the Planetary Camera aboard the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). In this paper we discuss the images of the type 2 Seyfert NGC 5929 and the type 1.5 Seyfert MCG 8-11-11 (= UGC 3374). The images were obtained in the emission lines of (O III) lambda lambda 4959 and 5007 A and H alpha + (N II) lambda lambda 6548 and 6583 A and their adjacent continua. The high-excitation gas in the narrow line region (NLR) of NGC 5929 is resolved into individual clouds in the central 1 sec .5. Although the (O III) emission is clearly not spherically symmetric with respect to the nucleus, it does not define a distinct 'bicone' morphology, as observed by the HST in a few other Seyfert galaxies. We find no direct evidence for the reddening and/or obscuration effects characteristic of a dusty torus, which, in the context of 'unified models', is expected to obscure the active galactic nucleus (AGN) in type 2 Seyfert galaxies. The correspondence between the emission line gas and the radio morphology suggests that the structure of the NLR in NGC 5929 is governed by matter ejected from the AGN. A comparison of the recombination rate of hydrogen in the brightest emission line cloud with an upper limit on the ionizing luminosity emitted toward Earth provides no evidence that the central ionizing source radiates anisotropically. The images of MCG 8-11-11 show only an unresolved nuclear source. No emission line gas associated with the extended radio source is detected. We estimate upper limits on the intensity of extended line emission in this galaxy and examine their significance.

  14. PLANETARY NEBULAE IN THE ELLIPTICAL GALAXY NGC 821: KINEMATICS AND DISTANCE DETERMINATION

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    Teodorescu, A. M.; Mendez, R. H.; Kudritzki, R. P.; Bernardi, F.; Riffeser, A. E-mail: mendez@ifa.hawaii.ed

    2010-09-20

    Using a slitless spectroscopy method with the 8.2 m Subaru telescope and its FOCAS Cassegrain spectrograph, we have increased the number of planetary nebula (PN) detections and PN velocity measurements in the flattened elliptical galaxy NGC 821. A comparison with the detections reported previously by the Planetary Nebulae Spectrograph group indicates that we have confirmed most of their detections. The velocities measured by the two groups, using different telescopes, spectrographs, and slitless techniques, are in good agreement. We have built a combined sample of 167 PNs and have confirmed the Keplerian decline of the line-of-sight velocity dispersion reported previously. We also confirm misaligned rotation from the combined sample. A dark matter halo may exist around this galaxy, but it is not needed to keep the PN velocities below the local escape velocity as calculated from the visible mass. We have measured the m(5007) magnitudes of 145 PNs and produced a statistically complete sample of 40 PNs in NGC 821. The resulting PN luminosity function (PNLF) was used to estimate a distance modulus of 31.4 mag, equivalent to 19 Mpc. We also estimated the PN formation rate. NGC 821 becomes the most distant galaxy with a PNLF distance determination. The PNLF distance modulus is smaller than the surface brightness fluctuation (SBF) distance modulus by 0.4 mag. Our kinematic information permits to rule out the idea that a shorter PNLF distance could be produced by the contamination of the PNLF by background galaxies with emission lines redshifted into the on-band filter transmission curve.

  15. Search for AN Intermediate Mass Black Hole in the Starburst Galaxy NGC2146

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    Matsumoto, Hironori

    2001-09-01

    We discovered an Intermediate Mass Black Hole (IMBH) of 10(3) - 10(6) M_⊙ in the starburst galaxy M82 with Chandra HRC. Our follow-up ground-based observations found a near-infrared star cluster in the vicinity of the IMBH as well as an Expanding Molecular Super Bubble (EMSB) which surrounds the IMBH and has a kinematic energy of 10(55) erg. Based on these results, we propose a scenario that an IMBH is produced by starburst activity and it grows to become a Super Massive Black Hole (SMBH). We believe this scenario can explain the formation of SMBHs in other galaxies universally. We propose a CXO monitoring observation of another starburst galaxy NGC2146 to examine our scenario.

  16. The Mass of the Central Black Hole in the Seyfert Galaxy NGC 3783

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    Onken, Christopher A.; Peterson, Bradley M.

    2004-01-01

    Improved analysis of ultraviolet and optical monitoring data on the Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 3783 provides evidence for the existence of a supermassive, (8.7 +/- 1.1) x 10(exp 6) solar mass, black hole in this galaxy. By using recalibrated spectra from the International Ultraviolet Explorer satellite and ground-based optical data, as well as refined techniques of reverberation mapping analysis, we have reduced the statistical uncertainties in the response of the emission lines to variations in the ionizing continuum. The different time lags in the emission-line responses indicate a stratification in the ionization structure of the broad-line region and are consistent with the virial relationship suggested by the analysis of similar active galaxies.

  17. The radio source and bipolar nebulosity in the Seyfert galaxy NGC 3516

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    Miyaji, Takamitsu; Wilson, Andrew S.; Perez-Fournon, Ismael

    1992-01-01

    Results of radio continuum and optical emission-line observations of the type 1 Seyfert galaxy NGC 3516 are presented. The radio maps reveal an elongated one-sided curved structure, which comprises a series of small-scale 'blobs' and extends up to 4 kpc from the nucleus. This radio structure is aligned and cospatial with one side of the double-sided and highly symmetric Z-shaped emission-line structure. It is argued that these morphological features are associated with a bipolar gaseous outflow from the nucleus of NGC 3516. The radio 'blobs' are elongated roughly perpendicular to the apparent local direction of the outflow, a result which is interpreted in terms of synchrotron emission from outflow-driven shock waves.

  18. Atomic hydrogen in the disturbed edge-on galaxy NGC 4631

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    Rand, Richard J.; Vanderhulst, J. M.

    1993-01-01

    We present WSRT HI observations of the nearby, disturbed, edge-on galaxy NGC 4631. A low-resolution (45 in. x 87 in.) map shows previously unknown tidal debris at large distances from the plane, and two dwarf companions. A high resolution (12 in. x 22 in.) map reveals a very disturbed gas layer in NGC 4631, with a wealth of small-scale structure. The most striking discovery is a supershell in the eastern half of the disk with a diameter of about 3 kpc, a mass of approximately 10 exp 8 solar mass and a tentative expansion velocity of 45 km/s. If the expansion is real, the energy which must have been injected by supernovae to explain the shell's current parameters is roughly 4 x 10(exp 55) ergs. Such a high energy requirement suggests an alternative formation mechanism, such as a collision with a small companion.

  19. Deep Fabry-Perot imaging of NGC 6240: Kinematic evidence for merging galaxies

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    Hawthorn, J. Bland; Wilson, A. S.; Tully, R. B.

    1990-01-01

    The authors have observed the superluminous, infrared galaxy NGC 6240 (z = 0.025) at H alpha with the Hawaii Imaging Fabry-Perot Interferometer (HIFI - Bland and Tully 1989). During the past decade, observational evidence from all wavebands indicates that the unusual appearance of NGC 6240 has resulted from a collision between two gas-rich systems, a view which is supported by our spectrophotometric data. However, the origin of the enormous infrared luminosity (4 times 10(exp 11) solar luminosity) detected by the Infrared Astronomy Satellite (IRAS) remains highly controversial, where opinions differ on the relative roles of large-scale shocks, massive star formation or a buried 'active' nucleus. These mechanisms are discussed in the light of the author's Fabry-Perot observations.

  20. Distribution and kinematics of H I in the active elliptical galaxy NGC 1052

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    van Gorkom, J.H.; Knapp, G.R.; Raimond, E.; Faber, S.M.; Gallagher, J.S.

    1986-04-01

    The H I distribution in the active elliptical galaxy NGC 1052 has been mapped at a resolution of 1 arcmin with the VLA. The H I structure is about three times the size of the optical galaxy and is roughly perpendicular to its major axis. The H I has a circular velocity of approx.200 km/s, roughly constant with radius; the mass of the galaxy is 1.5 x 10/sup 11/ M/sub sun/ at a radius of 16 kpc (D = 13.4 Mpc), and the mass to blue luminosity ratio at this radius is M/L/sub B/ approx.15 M/sub sun//L/sub sun/. H I absorption is seen against the central radio continuum source, at both the systemic velocity and at redshifted velocities. The gas in NGC 1052, as in other ellipticals, has a rotation axis that is not aligned with the stellar rotation axis (the difference is 63/sup 0/) and a mean specific angular momentum that is considerably larger than that of the stars. The H I distribution is unusually irregular. In the southwest region of the galaxy, the distribution shows what appears to be a tidal tail, suggesting that the H I may have been acquired about 10/sup 9/ years ago. The presence of dust associated with the H I and the distribution and kinematics of the H I are consistent with capture of gas from a gas-rich dwarf or spiral. In the inner regions of the galaxy (r<5 kpc) the H I velocity field shows evidence of noncircular orbits and therefore possibly of a triaxial mass distribution for the galaxy. Alternatively the gas could be falling in toward the center.

  1. The trace of the CNO cycle in the ring nebula NGC 6888

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    Mesa-Delgado, A.; Esteban, C.; García-Rojas, J.; Reyes-Pérez, J.; Morisset, C.; Bresolin, F.

    2014-04-20

    We present new results on the chemical composition of the Galactic ring nebula NGC 6888 surrounding the WN6(h) star WR136. The data are based on deep spectroscopical observations taken with the High Dispersion Spectrograph at the 8.2 m Subaru Telescope. The spectra cover the optical range from 3700 to 7400 Å. The effect of the CNO cycle is well-identified in the abundances of He, N, and O, while elements not involved in the synthesis such as Ar, S, and Fe present values consistent with the solar vicinity and the ambient gas. The major achievement of this work is the first detection of the faint C II λ4267 recombination line in a Wolf-Rayet nebula. This allows us to estimate the C abundance in NGC 6888 and therefore investigate for the first time the trace of the CNO cycle in a ring nebula around a Wolf-Rayet star. Although the detection of the C II line has a low signal-to-noise ratio, the C abundance seems to be higher than the predictions of recent stellar evolution models of massive stars. The Ne abundance also shows a puzzling pattern with an abundance of about 0.5 dex lower than the solar vicinity, which may be related to the action of the NeNa cycle. Attending to the constraints imposed by the dynamical timescale and the He/H and N/O ratios of the nebula, the comparison with stellar evolution models indicates that the initial mass of the stellar progenitor of NGC 6888 is between 25 M {sub ☉} and 40 M {sub ☉}.

  2. Molecular hydrogen maps of extended planetary nebulae - the Dumbbell, the Ring, and NGC 2346

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    Zuckerman, B.; Gatley, I.

    1988-01-01

    The 3.8-m United Kingdom Infrared Telecsope at Mauna Kea was used to obtain complete H2 maps of three extended planetary nebulae (PNs) that are representative of two of the most common PN morphologies, bow tie and bipolar ring: the Dumbbell (NGC 6853), the Ring (NGC 6720), and the NG 2346, are discussed. The results of map analysis indicates that the S(1) emission from H2 closely follows the optical morphology of the three nebulae. The H2 emission is more extended than the main emitting mass of ionized gas and, in NGCC 2346, there is evidence for a dense torus of hot H2 surrounding the central star. The H2 emissionl appears to be shock-excited. Examinations of existing H2 measurements indicate that strong H2 emission is preferentially present in PNs that lie at small galactic latitude, implying that massive main-sequence stars produce ionization-bounded PNs, whereas low-mass stars produce density-bounded PNs. Thus, maps of H2 emission may not only be used to determine whether a given PN is ionization-bounded or density-bounded, but also to estimate the mass of the progenitor star. 83 references.

  3. DEEP CHANDRA OBSERVATIONS OF EDGES AND BUBBLES IN THE NGC 5846 GALAXY GROUP

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    Machacek, Marie E.; Jerius, Diab; Kraft, Ralph; Forman, William R.; Jones, Christine; Randall, Scott; Giacintucci, Simona; Sun Ming

    2011-12-10

    We use a combined 120 ks Chandra exposure to analyze X-ray edges produced by non-hydrostatic gas motions (sloshing) from galaxy collisions, and cavities formed by active galactic nucleus (AGN) activity. Evidence for gas sloshing is seen in the spiral morphology and multiple cold front edges in NGC 5846's X-ray surface brightness distribution, while the lack of spiral structure in the temperature map suggests that the perturbing interaction was not in the plane of the sky. Density and spectral modeling across the edges indicate that the relative motion of gas in the cold fronts is at most transonic. Evidence for AGN activity is seen in two inner bubbles at 0.6 kpc, filled with 5 GHz and 1.5 GHz radio plasma and coincident with H{alpha} emission, and in a ghost bubble at 5.2 kpc west of NGC 5846's nucleus. The outburst energy and ages for the inner (ghost) bubbles are {approx}10{sup 55} erg and {approx}2 Myr ({approx}5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 55} erg and 12 Myr), respectively, implying an AGN duty cycle of 10 Myr. The inner bubble rims are threaded with nine knots, whose total 0.5-2 keV X-ray luminosity is 0.3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 40} erg s{sup -1}, a factor {approx}2-3 less than that of the surrounding rims, and 0.7 keV mean temperature is indistinguishable from that of the rims. We suggest that the knots may be transient clouds heated by the recent passage of a shock from the last AGN outburst. We also observe gas stripping from a cE galaxy, NGC 5846A, in a 0.5 kpc long ({approx}10{sup 5} M{sub Sun }) hot gas tail, as it falls toward NGC 5846.

  4. The Massive Black Hole in the Dwarf Galaxy NGC 4486B

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    Bender, A.; Green, R. F.; Gebhardt, K.; Bower, G. A.; Kormendy, J.; Lauer, T.; Richstone, D. O.; STIS IDT Galaxy Nuclei Team; Nuker Team

    2003-12-01

    We report results from the application of a three-integral galactic dynamical model to NGC 4486B. This dwarf E1 companion to M87 has long been known to be an outlier in the Fundamental Plane. Kormendy and Magorrian et al. found a substantial central black hole mass, making it an outlier in the MBH to Lbulge relationship as well. From the modeling we are able to determine the extent to which NGC 4486B follows the MBH - sigma relation more closely than the other bulge galaxy relationships. The other unique feature NGC 4486B exhibits is a double nucleus structure, the second of only two observed. We combine the high resolution of STIS spectra with ground based data to form a more complete description of the line-of-sight velocity distributions (LOSVDs) in the nuclear region of NGC 4486B. Through the increased resolution of the dynamics and the three-integral model, we place an improved constraint on the mass-to-light ratio and black hole mass. Bender's research was supported by the NOAO/KPNO Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program which is funded by the National Science Foundation through Scientific Program Order No. 3 (AST-0243875) of the Cooperative Agreement No. AST-0132798 between the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) and the NSF. RG and GB were supported by NASA for the STIS Instrument Definition Team. This work is a collaboration with the STIS Instrument Definition Team galaxy nuclei group, which also includes John Hutchings, Charles Joseph, Mary Elizabeth Kaiser, Charles Nelson, Donna Weistrop, and Bruce Woodgate. This work is a collaboration with the Nuker Team, which also includes Ralf Bender, Alan Dressler, Sandra Faber, Alex Filippenko, Carl Grillmair, Luis Ho, John Magorrian, Jason Pinkney, Christos Siopis, and Scott Tremaine.

  5. On the formation of polar ring galaxies and tidal dwarf galaxies in gas-rich galaxy groups

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    Kilborn, Virginia; Sweet, Sarah; Meurer, Gerhardt; Drinkwater, Michael

    2015-08-01

    We are conducting a study of the properties of galaxies and dwarfs in 16 gas-rich galaxy groups identified in the Survey for Ionization in Neutral Gas Galaxies (SINGG; Meurer et al. 2006). We have found a young gas-rich coalescing galaxy group, J1051-17. Key features of this system are gas-rich tidal tails, studded with dwarf galaxies extending 200 kpc which merge in to a low surface brightness polar disk orbiting a very red edge-on host hosting a central AGN. Accretion from the polar disk may be feeding the AGN and powering a galactic wind. The example of this system suggests that tidal interactions with gas rich satellites may be a key process that aligns satellites in to polar planes while fuelling accretion down to the very centres of the host. We discuss the formation scenario of this polar ring galaxy, and investigate the formation of tidal dwarf galaxies in the wider group sample.

  6. Giant Molecular Clouds and Star Formation in the Non-Grand Design Spiral Galaxy NGC 6946

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    Rebolledo, David; Wong, Tony; Leroy, Adam

    2011-10-01

    Although the internal physical properties of molecular clouds have been extensively studied (Solomon et al. 1987), a more detailed understanding of their origin and evolution in different types of galaxies is needed. In order to disentangle the details of this process, we performed CO(1→0) CARMA observations of the eastern part of the multi-armed galaxy NGC 6946. Our goal was to determine if azimuthal segregation of various gas and star formation tracers occurs in this kind of spiral galaxy (Tamburro et al. 2008). Although we found no evidence of an angular offset between molecular gas, atomic gas and star formation regions in our observations, we observe a clear radial progression from regions where molecular gas dominates over atomic gas (for r ≤ 2.8 kpc) to regions where the gas becomes mainly atomic (5.6 kpc ≤ r ≤ 7.6 kpc) when azimuthally averaged. In addition, we found that the densest concentrations of molecular gas are located on arms, particularly where they appear to intersect. This result is in concordance with the behavior predicted by simulations of the spiral galaxies with an active potential (Clarke & Gittins 2006; Dobbs & Bonnell 2008). Since NGC 6946 is located at a distance of 5.5 Mpc, the linear resolution of the map corresponds to 140 pc. At such resolution, we were able to find CO emitting complexes with masses greater than those of typical Giant Molecular Clouds (105-106 M⊙). To identify GMCs individually and make a more detailed study of their physical properties, we made D array observations of CO(2→1) toward the densest concentrations of gas located in the prominent spiral arms. We achieved a linear resolution of 50 pc at 1 mm in D array, similar to GMCs sizes found in other galaxies (Bolatto et al. 2008). We present first results about possible differences in the properties of the on-arm clouds and the inter-arm clouds. While inter-arm GMAs in grand-design galaxies are thought to be formed by fragmentation of more massive on

  7. Isolated elliptical galaxies and their globular cluster systems. II. NGC 7796 - globular clusters, dynamics, companion

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    Richtler, T.; Salinas, R.; Lane, R. R.; Hilker, M.; Schirmer, M.

    2015-02-01

    Context. Rich globular cluster systems, particularly the metal-poor part of them, are thought to be the visible manifestations of long-term accretion processes. The invisible part is the dark matter halo, which may show some correspondence to the globular cluster system. It is therefore interesting to investigate the globular cluster systems of isolated elliptical galaxies, which supposedly have not experienced extended accretion. Aims: We investigate the globular cluster system of the isolated elliptical NGC 7796, present new photometry of the galaxy, and use published kinematical data to constrain the dark matter content. Methods: Deep images in B and R, obtained with the VIsible MultiObject Spectrograph (VIMOS) at the VLT, form the data base. We performed photometry with DAOPHOT and constructed a spherical photometric model. We present isotropic and anisotropic Jeans-models and give a morphological description of the companion dwarf galaxy. Results: The globular cluster system has about 2000 members, so it is not as rich as those of giant ellipticals in galaxy clusters with a comparable stellar mass, but richer than many cluster systems of other isolated ellipticals. The colour distribution of globular clusters is bimodal, which does not necessarily mean a metallicity bimodality. The kinematic literature data are somewhat inconclusive. The velocity dispersion in the inner parts can be reproduced without dark matter under isotropy. Radially anisotropic models need a low stellar mass-to-light ratio, which would contrast with the old age of the galaxy. A MONDian model is supported by X-ray analysis and previous dynamical modelling, but better data are necessary for a confirmation. The dwarf companion galaxy NGC 7796-1 exhibits tidal tails, multiple nuclei, and very boxy isophotes. Conclusions: NGC 7796 is an old, massive isolated elliptical galaxy with no indications of later major star formation events as seen frequently in other isolated ellipticals. Its

  8. Radio continuum emission and HI gas accretion in the NGC 5903/5898 compact group of galaxies

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    Wiita, Paul; Gopal-Krishna; Mhaskey, Mukul

    2012-03-01

    We investigate the nature of the multi-component radio continuum and HI emission associated with the nearby galaxy group comprised of two dominant ellipticals, NGC 5898 and NGC 5903 and a dwarf lenticular ESO514-G003. Striking new details of radio emission come from the ongoing TIFR.GMRT.SKY.SURVEY (TGSS) which provides images with a resolution of ˜24^'' x18^'' and rms noise of 5 mJy at 150 MHz. Previous observations of this compact triplet include images at higher frequencies of the radio continuum as well as huge HI trails originating from the vicinity of NGC 5903. The TGSS 150 MHz image has revealed a large asymmetric radio halo around NGC 5903 and also established that the dwarf SO galaxy ESO514-G003 is the host to a previously known bright double radio source. The radio emission from NGC 5903 is found to have a very steep radio spectrum (α˜-1.5) and to envelope a network of radio continuum filaments bearing a spatial relationship to the HI trails. Both its radio loud members are also the only galaxies that are seen to be connected to an HI filament. This correlation is consistent with the premise that cold gas accretion is of prime importance for triggering powerful jet activity in the nuclei of early-type galaxies.

  9. Star formation histories across the interacting galaxy NGC 6872, the largest-known spiral

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    Eufrasio, Rafael T.; De Mello, Duilia F.; Dwek, Eli; Arendt, Richard G.; Benford, Dominic J.; Gadotti, Dimitri A.; Urrutia-Viscarra, Fernanda; De Oliveira, Claudia Mendes

    2014-11-01

    NGC 6872, hereafter the Condor, is a large spiral galaxy that is interacting with its closest companion, the S0 galaxy IC 4970. The extent of the Condor provides an opportunity for detailed investigation of the impact of the interaction on the current star formation rate and its history across the galaxy, on the age and spatial distribution of its stellar population, and on the mechanism that drives the star formation activity. To address these issues we analyzed the far-ultraviolet (FUV) to near-infrared (near-IR) spectral energy distribution of seventeen 10 kpc diameter regions across the galaxy, and derived their star formation history, current star formation rate, and stellar population and mass. We find that most of the star formation takes place in the extended arms, with very little star formation in the central 5 kpc of the galaxy, in contrast to what was predicted from previous numerical simulations. There is a trend of increasing star formation activity with distance from the nucleus of the galaxy, and no evidence for a recent increase in the current star formation rate due to the interaction. The nucleus itself shows no significant current star formation activity. The extent of the Condor also provides an opportunity to test the applicability of a single standard prescription for conversion of the FUV + IR (22 μm) intensities to a star formation rate for all regions. We find that the conversion factor differs from region to region, arising from regional differences in the stellar populations.

  10. STAR Formation Histories Across the Interacting Galaxy NGC 6872, the Largest-Known Spiral

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    Eufrasio, Rafael T.; Dwek, E.; Arendt, RIchard G.; deMello, Duilia F.; Gadotti, DImitri A.; Urrutia-Viscarra, Fernanda; deOliveira, CLaudia Mendes; Benford, Dominic J.

    2014-01-01

    NGC6872, hereafter the Condor, is a large spiral galaxy that is interacting with its closest companion, the S0 galaxy IC 4970. The extent of the Condor provides an opportunity for detailed investigation of the impact of the interaction on the current star formation rate and its history across the galaxy, on the age and spatial distribution of its stellar population, and on the mechanism that drives the star formation activity. To address these issues we analyzed the far-ultraviolet (FUV) to near-infrared (near-IR) spectral energy distribution of seventeen 10 kpc diameter regions across the galaxy, and derived their star formation history, current star formation rate, and stellar population and mass. We find that most of the star formation takes place in the extended arms, with very little star formation in the central 5 kpc of the galaxy, in contrast to what was predicted from previous numerical simulations. There is a trend of increasing star formation activity with distance from the nucleus of the galaxy, and no evidence for a recent increase in the current star formation rate due to the interaction. The nucleus itself shows no significant current star formation activity. The extent of the Condor also provides an opportunity to test the applicability of a single standard prescription for conversion of the FUV + IR (22 micrometer) intensities to a star formation rate for all regions. We find that the conversion factor differs from region to region, arising from regional differences in the stellar populations.

  11. Structure and Formation of cD Galaxies: NGC 6166 in ABELL 2199

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    Bender, Ralf; Kormendy, John; Cornell, Mark E.; Fisher, David B.

    2015-07-01

     Hobby–Eberly Telescope (HET) spectroscopy is used to measure the velocity dispersion profile of the nearest prototypical cD galaxy, NGC 6166 in the cluster Abell 2199. We also present composite surface photometry from many telescopes. We confirm the defining feature of a cD galaxy; i.e., (we suggest), a halo of stars that fills the cluster center and that is controlled dynamically by cluster gravity, not by the central galaxy. Our HET spectroscopy shows that the velocity dispersion of NGC 6166 rises from σ ≃ 300 km s‑1 in the inner r∼ 10\\prime\\prime to σ =865+/- 58 km s‑1 at r ∼ 100″ in the cD halo. This extends published observations of an outward σ increase and shows for the first time that σ rises all the way to the cluster velocity dispersion of 819 ± 32 km s‑1. We also observe that the main body of NGC 6166 moves at +206 ± 39 km s‑1 with respect to the cluster mean velocity, but the velocity of the inner cD halo is ∼70 km s‑1 closer to the cluster velocity. These results support our picture that cD halos consist of stars that were stripped from individual cluster galaxies by fast tidal encounters.  However, our photometry does not confirm the widespread view that cD halos are identifiable as an extra, low-surface-brightness component that is photometrically distinct from the inner, steep-Sérsic-function main body of an otherwise-normal giant elliptical galaxy. Instead, all of the brightness profile of NGC 6166 outside its core is described to ±0.037 V mag arcsec‑2 by a single Sérsic function with index n≃ 8.3. The cD halo is not recognizable from photometry alone. This blurs the distinction between cluster-dominated cD halos and the similarly-large-Sérsic-index halos of giant, core-boxy-nonrotating ellipticals. These halos are believed to be accreted onto compact, high-redshift progenitors (“red nuggets”) by large numbers of minor mergers. They belong dynamically to their central galaxies. Still, cDs and core

  12. HIGH-DENSITY MOLECULAR GAS PROPERTIES OF THE STARBURST GALAXY NGC 1614 REVEALED WITH ALMA

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    Imanishi, Masatoshi; Nakanishi, Kouichiro

    2013-09-15

    We present the results of HCN/HCO{sup +}/HNC J = 4-3 transition line observations of the nearby starburst galaxy NGC 1614, obtained with ALMA Cycle 0. We find that high density molecular gas traced with these lines shows a velocity structure such that the northern (southern) side of the nucleus is redshifted (blueshifted) with respect to the nuclear velocity of this galaxy. The redshifted and blueshifted emission peaks are offset by {approx}0.''6 at the northern and southern sides of the nucleus, respectively. At these offset positions, observations at infrared >3 {mu}m indicate the presence of active dusty starbursts, supporting the picture that high-density molecular gas is the site of active starbursts. The enclosed dynamical mass within the central {approx}2'' in radius, derived from the dynamics of the high-density molecular gas, is {approx}10{sup 9} M{sub Sun }, which is similar to previous estimates. Finally, the HCN emission is weaker than HCO{sup +} but stronger than HNC for J = 4-3 for all starburst regions of NGC 1614, as seen for J = 1-0 transition lines in starburst-dominated galaxies.

  13. Analysis of Off-Nuclear X-Ray Sources in Galaxy NGC 4945

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    Harrison, Sarah M.; /MIT /SLAC

    2006-09-11

    Recently, X-ray astronomy has been used to investigate objects such as galaxies, clusters of galaxies, Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), quasars, starburst superbubbles of hot gas, X-ray binary systems, stars, supernova remnants, and interstellar and intergalactic material. By studying the x-ray emission patterns of these objects, we can gain a greater understanding of their structure and evolution. We analyze X-ray emission from the galaxy NGC 4945 using data taken by the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The Chandra Interactive Analysis of Observations (CIAO) software package was used to extract and fit energy spectra and to extract light curves for the brightest off-nuclear sources in two different observations of NGC 4945 (January, 2000 and May, 2004). A majority of sources were closely fit by both absorbed power law and absorbed bremsstrahlung models, with a significantly poorer {chi}{sup 2}/dof for the absorbed blackbody model, and most sources had little variability. This indicates that the sources are accreting binary systems with either a neutron star or black hole as the compact object. The calculated luminosities were about 10{sup 38} erg/s, which implies that the mass of the accreting object is close to 10 solar masses and must be a black hole.

  14. CHANG-ES. VII. Magnetic Outflows from the Virgo Cluster Galaxy NGC 4388

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    Damas-Segovia, A.; Beck, R.; Vollmer, B.; Wiegert, T.; Krause, M.; Irwin, J.; Weżgowiec, M.; Li, J.; Dettmar, R.-J.; English, J.; Wang, Q. D.

    2016-06-01

    We investigate the effects of ram pressure on the ordered magnetic field of a galaxy hosting a radio halo and strong nuclear outflows. New radio images in total and polarized intensity of the edge-on Virgo galaxy NGC 4388 were obtained within the CHANG-ES EVLA project. The unprecedented noise level reached allows us to detect striking new features of the ordered magnetic field. The nuclear outflow extends far into the halo to about 5 kpc from the center and is spatially correlated with the {{H}}α and X-ray emission. For the first time, the southern outflow is detected. Above and below both spiral arms we find extended blobs of polarized emission with an ordered field oriented perpendicular to the disk. The synchrotron lifetime of the cosmic-ray electrons (CREs) in these regions yields a mean outflow velocity of 270+/- 70 {km} {{{s}}}-1, in agreement with a galactic wind scenario. The observed symmetry of the polarized halo features in NGC 4388 excludes a compression of the halo gas by the ram pressure of the intracluster medium (ICM). The assumption of equilibrium between the halo pressure and the ICM ram pressure yields an estimate of the ICM density that is consistent with both the ICM density derived from X-ray observations and the recent Planck Sunyaev–Zel’dovich measurements. The detection of a faint radio halo around cluster galaxies could thus be used for an estimate of ICM ram pressure.

  15. Star formation in the outer Galaxy: the young cluster NGC 1893

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    Sanz-Forcada, J.; Prisinzano, L.; Micela, G.; Caramazza, M.; Sciortino, S.

    2013-05-01

    Stellar formation in the outer Galaxy is expected to be less conspicuous due to worse conditions. Several stellar forming regions in the outer Galaxy have shown similar characteristics to others in the inner Galaxy. The very recent episodes of stellar formation in NGC 1893 (age ˜1.5 Myr) demonstrates it. This cluster is an optimal laboratory to study stellar formation phenomena: it includes the presence of at least 6 O-type stars, two pennant nebulae, dark nebular clouds, and a high disc frequency among its members. We are conducting a series of papers on this cluster based on multiwavelength data, including Spitzer and Chandra observations. We study membership, morphology of the cluster, the spatial distribution of stellar ages and circumstellar discs, and the influence of the massive stars of the cluster in the evolution of circumstellar discs. NGC 1893 has shown similar characteristics to other stellar forming regions at closer distances to the Sun. The ionizing UV flux from massive stars plays an important role in the earlier dissipation of circumstellar discs in closer stars. There is a disc frequency of 52% in a sample complete in the mass range 0.35-2 M_{⊙}. This frequency is slightly lower than in clusters of similar age at closer distance. We attribute this to the faster disc evaporation by radiation of massive stars, the use of a different mass range in each case, and/or the method employed to select stars with and without discs.

  16. A MULTI-WAVELENGTH ANALYSIS OF NGC 4178: A BULGELESS GALAXY WITH AN ACTIVE GALACTIC NUCLEUS

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    Secrest, N. J.; Satyapal, S.; Gliozzi, M.; Moran, S. M.; Cheung, C. C.; Giroletti, M.; Bergmann, M. P.; Seth, A. C.

    2013-11-10

    We present Gemini longslit optical spectroscopy and Very Large Array radio observations of the nuclear region of NGC 4178, a late-type bulgeless disk galaxy recently confirmed to host an active galactic nucleus (AGN) through infrared and X-ray observations. Our observations reveal that the dynamical center of the galaxy is coincident with the location of the Chandra X-ray point source discovered in a previous work, providing further support for the presence of an AGN. While the X-ray and IR observations provide robust evidence for an AGN, the optical spectrum shows no evidence for the AGN, underscoring the need for the penetrative power of mid-IR and X-ray observations in finding buried or weak AGNs in this class of galaxy. Finally, the upper limit to the radio flux, together with our previous X-ray and IR results, is consistent with the scenario in which NGC 4178 harbors a deeply buried AGN accreting at a high rate.

  17. Colliding and merging galaxies. I - Evidence for the recent merging of two disk galaxies in NGC 7252

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    Schweizer, F.

    1982-01-01

    Results from a photographic, spectroscopic, and photometric study of the 'Atoms-for-Peace' galaxy are presented. The observations reveal that NGC 7252 possesses a single nucleus, a nearly round main body marked by delicate ripples, faint surrounding loops, and two slender tails that project to 80 kpc and 130 kpc from the center. The principal body itself shows a spectrum indicative of young A stars and contains a small central disk of ionized gas. The disk rotates with v sin i approximately equal to 80-100 km/s around a well-defined axis, whereas the gas immediately beyond it follows a totally different motion pattern. Five characteristics taken together indicate a recent merger of two similarly massive disk galaxies: the two tails, the unusual isolation opposite tail motions, the single nucleus and body, and the two surviving motion systems of the gas.

  18. The Globular Cluster System of NGC 4636 and Formation of Globular Clusters in Giant Elliptical Galaxies

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    Park, Hong Soo; Lee, Myung Gyoon; Hwang, Ho Seong; Kim, Sang Chul; Arimoto, Nobuo; Yamada, Yoshihiko; Tamura, Naoyuki; Onodera, Masato

    2012-11-01

    We present a spectroscopic analysis of the metallicities, ages, and alpha-elements of the globular clusters (GCs) in the giant elliptical galaxy (gE) NGC 4636 in the Virgo Cluster. Line indices of the GCs are measured from the integrated spectra obtained with Faint Object Camera and Spectrograph on the Subaru 8.2 m Telescope. We derive [Fe/H] values of 59 GCs based on the Brodie & Huchra method, and [Z/H], age, and [α/Fe] values of 33 GCs from the comparison of the Lick line indices with single stellar population models. The metallicity distribution of NGC 4636 GCs shows a hint of a bimodality with two peaks at [Fe/H] = -1.23(σ = 0.32) and -0.35(σ = 0.19). The age spread is large from 2 Gyr to 15 Gyr and the fraction of young GCs with age <5 Gyr is about 27%. The [α/Fe] of the GCs shows a broad distribution with a mean value [α/Fe] ≈0.14 dex. The dependence of these chemical properties on the galactocentric radius is weak. We also derive the metallicities, ages, and [α/Fe] values for the GCs in other nearby gEs (M87, M49, M60, NGC 5128, NGC 1399, and NGC 1407) from the line index data in the literature using the same methods as used for NGC 4636 GCs. The metallicity distribution of GCs in the combined sample of seven gEs including NGC 4636 is found to be bimodal, supported by the KMM test with a significance level of >99.9%. All these gEs harbor some young GCs with ages less than 5 Gyr. The mean age of the metal-rich GCs ([Fe/H] >-0.9) is about 3 Gyr younger than that of the metal-poor GCs. The mean value of [α/Fe] of the gE GCs is smaller than that of the Milky Way GCs. We discuss these results in the context of GC formation in gEs. Based on data collected at the Subaru Telescope, which is operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.

  19. THE GLOBULAR CLUSTER SYSTEM OF NGC 4636 AND FORMATION OF GLOBULAR CLUSTERS IN GIANT ELLIPTICAL GALAXIES

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    Park, Hong Soo; Lee, Myung Gyoon; Hwang, Ho Seong; Kim, Sang Chul; Arimoto, Nobuo; Yamada, Yoshihiko; Tamura, Naoyuki; Onodera, Masato E-mail: mglee@astro.snu.ac.kr E-mail: sckim@kasi.re.kr E-mail: yoshihiko.yamada@nao.ac.jp E-mail: monodera@phys.ethz.ch

    2012-11-10

    We present a spectroscopic analysis of the metallicities, ages, and alpha-elements of the globular clusters (GCs) in the giant elliptical galaxy (gE) NGC 4636 in the Virgo Cluster. Line indices of the GCs are measured from the integrated spectra obtained with Faint Object Camera and Spectrograph on the Subaru 8.2 m Telescope. We derive [Fe/H] values of 59 GCs based on the Brodie and Huchra method, and [Z/H], age, and [{alpha}/Fe] values of 33 GCs from the comparison of the Lick line indices with single stellar population models. The metallicity distribution of NGC 4636 GCs shows a hint of a bimodality with two peaks at [Fe/H] = -1.23({sigma} = 0.32) and -0.35({sigma} = 0.19). The age spread is large from 2 Gyr to 15 Gyr and the fraction of young GCs with age <5 Gyr is about 27%. The [{alpha}/Fe] of the GCs shows a broad distribution with a mean value [{alpha}/Fe] Almost-Equal-To 0.14 dex. The dependence of these chemical properties on the galactocentric radius is weak. We also derive the metallicities, ages, and [{alpha}/Fe] values for the GCs in other nearby gEs (M87, M49, M60, NGC 5128, NGC 1399, and NGC 1407) from the line index data in the literature using the same methods as used for NGC 4636 GCs. The metallicity distribution of GCs in the combined sample of seven gEs including NGC 4636 is found to be bimodal, supported by the KMM test with a significance level of >99.9%. All these gEs harbor some young GCs with ages less than 5 Gyr. The mean age of the metal-rich GCs ([Fe/H] >-0.9) is about 3 Gyr younger than that of the metal-poor GCs. The mean value of [{alpha}/Fe] of the gE GCs is smaller than that of the Milky Way GCs. We discuss these results in the context of GC formation in gEs.

  20. A Tidally Disrupting Dwarf Galaxy in the Halo of NGC 253

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    Toloba, Elisa; Sand, David J.; Spekkens, Kristine; Crnojević, Denija; Simon, Joshua D.; Guhathakurta, Puragra; Strader, Jay; Caldwell, Nelson; McLeod, Brian; Seth, Anil C.

    2016-01-01

    We report the discovery of Scl-MM-Dw2, a new dwarf galaxy at a projected separation of ∼50 kpc from NGC 253, as part of the Panoramic Imaging Survey of Centaurus and Sculptor project (PISCeS). We measure a tip of the red giant branch (RGB) distance of 3.12 ± 0.30 Mpc, suggesting that Scl-MM-Dw2 is likely a satellite of NGC 253. We qualitatively compare the distribution of RGB stars in the color–magnitude diagram with theoretical isochrones and find that it is consistent with an old, ∼12 Gyr, and metal-poor, -2.3 \\lt [Fe/H] \\lt -1.1, stellar population. We also detect a small number of asymptotic giant branch stars consistent with a metal-poor 2–3 Gyr population in the center of the dwarf. Our non-detection of HI in a deep Green Bank Telescope spectrum implies a gas fraction {M}{HI}/{L}V\\lt 0.02 {M}ȯ /{L}ȯ . The stellar and gaseous properties of Scl-MM-Dw2 suggest that it is a dwarf spheroidal galaxy. Scl-MM-Dw2 has a luminosity of {M}V=-12.1+/- 0.5 mag and a half-light radius of rh =2.94+/- 0.46 {{kpc}}, which makes it moderately larger than dwarf galaxies in the Local Group of the same luminosity. However, Scl-MM-Dw2 is very elongated (ε =0.66+/- 0.06), and it has an extremely low surface brightness ({μ }0,V=27.7+/- 0.6 mag arcsec‑2). Its elongation and diffuseness make it an outlier in the ellipticity–luminosity and surface brightness–luminosity scaling relations. These properties suggest that this dwarf is being tidally disrupted by NGC 253.

  1. Revisiting the Abundance Gradient in the Maser Host Galaxy NGC 4258

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    Bresolin, Fabio

    2011-03-01

    New spectroscopic observations of 36 H II regions in NGC 4258 obtained with the Gemini telescope are combined with existing data from the literature to measure the radial oxygen abundance gradient in this galaxy. The [O III]λ4363 auroral line was detected in four of the outermost targets (17-22 kpc from the galaxy center), allowing a determination of the electron temperature Te of the ionized gas. From the use of different calibrations of the R 23 abundance indicator, an oxygen abundance gradient of approximately -0.012 ± 0.002 dex kpc-1 is derived. Such a shallow gradient, combined with the difference in the distance moduli measured from the Cepheid period-luminosity relation by Macri et al. between two distinct fields in NGC 4258, would yield an unrealistically strong effect of metallicity on the Cepheid distances. This strengthens the suggestion that systematic biases might affect the Cepheid distance of the outer field. Evidence for a similar effect in the differential study of M33 by Scowcroft et al. is presented. A revision of the transformation between strong-line and Te -based abundances in Cepheid-host galaxies is discussed. In the Te abundance scale, the oxygen abundance of the inner field of NGC 4258 is found to be comparable with the LMC value. Based on observations obtained at the Gemini Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under a cooperative agreement with the NSF on behalf of the Gemini partnership: the National Science Foundation (United States), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (United Kingdom), the National Research Council (Canada), CONICYT (Chile), the Australian Research Council (Australia), Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia (Brazil) and Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva (Argentina).

  2. Star formation and nuclear activity in the blue early-type galaxy NGC 5373

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    Zaidi, Tayeb; Miller, Brendan P.; Gallo, Elena; Alfvin, Erik; Martinkus, Charlotte; Molter, Edward

    2015-01-01

    We present new optical and X-ray observations of NGC 5373, an isolated star-forming elliptical that has a stellar mass of 7e10 solar and lies at a distance of 175 Mpc. Our B and R band Magellan IMACS imaging substantially improves on SDSS resolution and sensitivity, enabling accurate modeling of the galaxy surface brightness profile. As expected from its mass, NGC 5373 is a core galaxy with a best-fit Sersic profile of n~3.8; no prominent tidal tails or shells are found, although there are slight residual asymmetries. The H-alpha emission in the SDSS spectrum is narrow, and the line ratios confirm a star-forming classification in the BPT diagram, near the transition/composite line. The star formation rate is about 6 solar masses per year, making NGC 5373 an extreme outlier relative to typical local early-type galaxies of similar mass. Our 50 ks Chandra ACIS-S exposure provides a clear detection of a central X-ray source, with a hardness ratio consistent with a power-law photon index of 2.0+/-0.5. The unabsorbed luminosity is Lx = 2e40 erg/s over 0.3-8 keV. Comparison with a MARX simulated point spread function suggests the central source may be extended, for example due to contributions from one or more unresolved high-mass X-ray binaries, as might be present given the high star formation rate. For a black hole of 1.6e8 solar masses as predicted from scaling relations, Lx/Ledd is then around 1e-6 (or potentially lower).

  3. A Tidally Disrupting Dwarf Galaxy in the Halo of NGC 253

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    Toloba, Elisa; Sand, David J.; Spekkens, Kristine; Crnojević, Denija; Simon, Joshua D.; Guhathakurta, Puragra; Strader, Jay; Caldwell, Nelson; McLeod, Brian; Seth, Anil C.

    2016-01-01

    We report the discovery of Scl-MM-Dw2, a new dwarf galaxy at a projected separation of ˜50 kpc from NGC 253, as part of the Panoramic Imaging Survey of Centaurus and Sculptor project (PISCeS). We measure a tip of the red giant branch (RGB) distance of 3.12 ± 0.30 Mpc, suggesting that Scl-MM-Dw2 is likely a satellite of NGC 253. We qualitatively compare the distribution of RGB stars in the color-magnitude diagram with theoretical isochrones and find that it is consistent with an old, ˜12 Gyr, and metal-poor, -2.3 < [Fe/H] < -1.1, stellar population. We also detect a small number of asymptotic giant branch stars consistent with a metal-poor 2-3 Gyr population in the center of the dwarf. Our non-detection of HI in a deep Green Bank Telescope spectrum implies a gas fraction {M}{HI}/{L}V< 0.02 {M}⊙ /{L}⊙ . The stellar and gaseous properties of Scl-MM-Dw2 suggest that it is a dwarf spheroidal galaxy. Scl-MM-Dw2 has a luminosity of {M}V=-12.1+/- 0.5 mag and a half-light radius of rh =2.94+/- 0.46 {{kpc}}, which makes it moderately larger than dwarf galaxies in the Local Group of the same luminosity. However, Scl-MM-Dw2 is very elongated (ɛ =0.66+/- 0.06), and it has an extremely low surface brightness ({μ }0,V=27.7+/- 0.6 mag arcsec-2). Its elongation and diffuseness make it an outlier in the ellipticity-luminosity and surface brightness-luminosity scaling relations. These properties suggest that this dwarf is being tidally disrupted by NGC 253.

  4. Near-infrared emission-line spectra of the Orion Nebula, NGC 4151, and other Seyfert galaxies

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    Osterbrock, D.E.; Shaw, R.A.; Veilleux, S. )

    1990-04-01

    Near-IR CCD moderate-resolution spectra in the 7000-11,000 wavelength range were obtained for NGC 1976 and NGC 4151 in three overlapping segments. The strongest three lines in both objects are forbidden S III 9531, He I 10830, and forbidden S III 9069. Also, lower resolution spectra of 14 additional Seyfert galaxies were obtained. In all but two of these spectra, the strongest line is forbidden S III 9531. The line strengths among these galaxies are compared to trace ionization behavior. 59 refs.

  5. ESO 603-G21: A strange polar-ring galaxy

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    Reshetnikov, V. P.; Faúndez-Abans, M.; de Oliveira-Abans, M.

    2002-02-01

    We present the results of B, V, R surface photometry of ESO 603-G21 - a galaxy with a possible polar ring. The morphological and photometric features of this galaxy are discussed. The central round object of the galaxy is rather red and presents a nearly exponential surface brightness distribution. This central structure is surrounded by a blue warped ring or disk. The totality of the observed characteristics (optical and NIR colors, strong color gradients, HI and H_2 content, FIR luminosity and star-formation rate, rotation-curve shape, global mass-to-luminosity ratio, the agreement with the Tully-Fisher relation, etc.) shows that ESO 603-G21 is similar to late-type spiral galaxies. We suppose that morphological peculiarities and the possible existence of two large-scale kinematically-decoupled subsystems in ESO 603-G21 can be explained as being a result of dissipative merging of two spiral galaxies or as a consequence of a companion accretion onto a pre-existing spiral host. Based on observations made at the Observatório do Pico dos Dias (OPD), operated by the MCT/Laboratório Nacional de Astrofísica, Brazil.

  6. The extremely populated globular cluster system of the lenticular galaxy NGC 6861

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    Escudero, Carlos G.; Faifer, Favio R.; Bassino, Lilia P.; Calderón, Juan Pablo; Caso, Juan Pablo

    2015-05-01

    We present a photometric study of the globular cluster (GC) system associated with the lenticular galaxy (S0) NGC 6861, which is located in a relatively low density environment. It is based on Gemini/GMOS images in the filters g', r', i' of three fields, obtained under good seeing conditions. Analysing the colour-magnitude and colour-colour diagrams, we find a large number of GC candidates, which extend out to 100 kpc, and we estimate a total population of 3000 ± 300 GCs. Besides the well-known blue and red subpopulations, the colour distribution shows signs of the possible existence of a third subpopulation with intermediate colours. This could be interpreted as evidence of a past interaction or fusion event. Other signs of interactions presented by the galaxy are the non-concentric isophotes and the asymmetric spatial distribution of GC candidates with colours (g' - i')0 > 1.16. As observed in other galaxies, the red GCs show a steeper radial distribution than the blue GCs. In addition, the spatial distribution of these candidates exhibits strong signs of elongation. This feature is also detected in the intermediate subpopulation. On the other hand, the blue candidates show an excellent agreement with the X-ray surface brightness profile, outside 10 kpc. They also show a colour-luminosity relation (blue tilt), similar to that observed in other galaxies. A new distance modulus has been estimated through the blue subpopulation, which is in good agreement with the previous value obtained through the surface brightness fluctuation method. The specific frequency of NGC 6861 (S N = 10.6 ± 2.1) is probably one of the highest values obtained for an S0 galaxy so far.

  7. THE ARAUCARIA PROJECT: THE DISTANCE TO THE SCULPTOR GALAXY NGC 247 FROM NEAR-INFRARED PHOTOMETRY OF CEPHEID VARIABLES

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    Gieren, Wolfgang; Pietrzynski, Grzegorz; Szewczyk, Olaf; Soszynski, Igor; Bresolin, Fabio; Kudritzki, Rolf-Peter; Urbaneja, Miguel A.; Storm, Jesper; Minniti, Dante; GarcIa-Varela, Alejandro E-mail: szewczyk@astro-udec.cl E-mail: soszynsk@astrouw.edu.pl E-mail: kud@ifa.hawaii.edu E-mail: jstorm@aip.de

    2009-08-01

    We have obtained deep near-infrared images in J and K filters of four fields in the Sculptor Group spiral galaxy NGC 247 with the ESO VLT and Infrared Spectrometer and Array Camera. For a sample of 10 Cepheids in these fields, previously discovered by GarcIa-Varela et al. from optical wide-field images, we have determined mean J and K magnitudes and have constructed the period-luminosity (PL) relations in these bands. Using the near-infrared PL relations together with those in the optical V and I bands, we have determined a true distance modulus for NGC 247 of 27.64 mag, with a random uncertainty of {+-}2% and a systematic uncertainty of {approx}4% which is dominated by the effect of unresolved stars on the Cepheid photometry. The mean reddening affecting the NGC 247 Cepheids of E(B - V) = 0.18 {+-} 0.02 mag is mostly produced in the host galaxy itself and is significantly higher than what was found in the previous optical Cepheid studies in NGC 247 of our own group, and Madore et al., leading to a 7% decrease in the previous optical Cepheid distance. As in other studies of our project, the distance modulus of NGC 247 we report is tied to an assumed Large Magellanic Cloud distance modulus of 18.50. Comparison with other distance measurements to NGC 247 shows that the present IR-based Cepheid distance is the most accurate among these determinations. With a distance of 3.4 Mpc, NGC 247 is about 1.5 Mpc more distant than NGC 55 and NGC 300, two other Sculptor Group spirals analyzed before with the same technique by our group.

  8. The Araucaria Project: The Distance to the Sculptor Galaxy NGC 247 from Near-Infrared Photometry of Cepheid Variables

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    Gieren, Wolfgang; Pietrzyński, Grzegorz; Soszyński, Igor; Szewczyk, Olaf; Bresolin, Fabio; Kudritzki, Rolf-Peter; Urbaneja, Miguel A.; Storm, Jesper; Minniti, Dante; García-Varela, Alejandro

    2009-08-01

    We have obtained deep near-infrared images in J and K filters of four fields in the Sculptor Group spiral galaxy NGC 247 with the ESO VLT and Infrared Spectrometer and Array Camera. For a sample of 10 Cepheids in these fields, previously discovered by García-Varela et al. from optical wide-field images, we have determined mean J and K magnitudes and have constructed the period-luminosity (PL) relations in these bands. Using the near-infrared PL relations together with those in the optical V and I bands, we have determined a true distance modulus for NGC 247 of 27.64 mag, with a random uncertainty of ±2% and a systematic uncertainty of ~4% which is dominated by the effect of unresolved stars on the Cepheid photometry. The mean reddening affecting the NGC 247 Cepheids of E(B - V) = 0.18 ± 0.02 mag is mostly produced in the host galaxy itself and is significantly higher than what was found in the previous optical Cepheid studies in NGC 247 of our own group, and Madore et al., leading to a 7% decrease in the previous optical Cepheid distance. As in other studies of our project, the distance modulus of NGC 247 we report is tied to an assumed Large Magellanic Cloud distance modulus of 18.50. Comparison with other distance measurements to NGC 247 shows that the present IR-based Cepheid distance is the most accurate among these determinations. With a distance of 3.4 Mpc, NGC 247 is about 1.5 Mpc more distant than NGC 55 and NGC 300, two other Sculptor Group spirals analyzed before with the same technique by our group. Based on observations obtained with the ESO VLT for Large Programme 171.D-0004.

  9. Luminous clusters of Wolf-Rayet stars in the SBmIII galaxy NGC 4214

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    Sargent, Wallace L. W.; Filippenko, Alexei V.

    1991-01-01

    Observations are reported of strong broad emission lines attributed to WR stars in the spectra of several bright knots in the nearby Magellanic irregular galaxy NGC 4214 (classified as type SBmIII), in addition to the emission produced by the more prevalent WN stars). Data are presented on measurements of the line fluxes, the line equivalent widths, and continuum flux densities in the four observed knots, showing that the strongest WR lines generally appear in knots having the most luminous stellar continuum. The significance of this observation is discussed.

  10. Planetary Camera imaging of the counter-rotating core galaxy NGC 4365

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    Forbes, Duncan A.

    1994-01-01

    We analyze F555W(V) band Planetary Camera images of NGC 4365, for which ground-based spectroscopy has revealed a misaligned, counter-rotating core. Line profile analysis by Surma indicates that the counter-rotating component has a disk structure. After deconvolution and galaxy modeling, we find photometric evidence, at small radii to support this claim. There is no indication of a central point source or dust lane. The surface brightness profile reveals a steep outer profile and shallow, by not flat, inner profile with the inflection radius occurring at 1.8 sec. The inner profile is consistent with a cusp.

  11. A population synthesis model for the ultraviolet spectrum of the peculiar galaxy NGC 1672

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    Garcia-Vargas, M. L.; Diaz, A. I.; Terlevich, Roberto J.; Terlevich, Elena

    1990-09-01

    A stellar population synthesis model for the UV spectrum of the peculiar galaxy NGC 1672 was developed using a set of 170 stellar spectra selected from the IUE Atlas Spectral Library (Heck, 1984). The observed fluxes were converted to absolute fluxes and were weighted according to the constructed HR diagram. A reddening law similar to the one derived by Nandy et al. (1981) for the 30 Dor region was applied to the computed cluster spectrum. A good match was found between the observed and predicted spectra.

  12. A kinematic determination of the structure of the double ring planetary nebula NGC 2392, the Eskimo

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    O'Dell, C. R.; Weiner, Larry D.; Chu, You-Hua

    1990-01-01

    Slit spectra and existing 'velocity cube' data have been used to determine the structure of the double ring PN NGC 2392. The inner shell is a stellar wind-sculpted prolate spheroid with a ratio of axes of 2:1 and the approaching end of the long axis pointed 20 deg from the line of sight in P.A. = 200 deg. The outer ring is caused by an outer disk with density dropping off with distance from the central star and with distance from its plane, which is the same as the equatorial band of high density in the inner shell. The outer disk contains a ring of higher density knots at a distance of 16 arcsec and is losing material through free expansion, forming an outer envelope of increasing velocity. Forbidden S II spectra are used to determine the densities in all of the major regions of the nebula. It is argued that the filamentary cores at the centers of the knots seen in the outer ring originate in the sublimation of bodies formed at the same time as the parent star.

  13. The Discovery and Modeling of O-Type-Like Collisional Ring Galaxies

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    Wu, Y.-T.; Jiang, I.-G.

    2013-10-01

    A new type of ring galaxies is discovered from the catalog of collisional ring galaxies in Madore et al. (2009). They are galaxies with axis-symmetric rings but originally classified as P-type collisional ring galaxies due to the existence of nearby companions. We call them O-Type-Like Collisional Ring Galaxies and model their formation through simulations of head-on galactic mergers. After head-on collisions by dwarf galaxies moving along the symmetric axis of disk galaxies, it was found that the simulations with smaller initial relative velocities between two galaxies, or the cases with heavier dwarf galaxies, could produce rings with higher density contrasts. There are more than one generation of rings in one collision and the lifetime of any generation of rings is about one dynamical time. We found that head-on penetrations could explain O-Type-Like Collisional Ring Galaxies well and the simulated rings resembling the observational images of rings are those at the early stage of one of the ring-generations.

  14. ORBIT-BASED DYNAMICAL MODELS OF THE SOMBRERO GALAXY (NGC 4594)

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    Jardel, John R.; Gebhardt, Karl; Kormendy, John; Kinzler, Jeffry; Shen, Juntai; Fisher, David B.; Lauer, Tod R.; Richstone, Douglas; Gueltekin, K. E-mail: gebhardt@astro.as.utexas.edu E-mail: kinzler@astro.as.utexas.edu E-mail: dbfisher@astro.umd.edu E-mail: dor@astro.lsa.umich.edu

    2011-09-20

    We present axisymmetric, orbit-based models to study the central black hole (BH), stellar mass-to-light ratio (M/L), and dark matter (DM) halo of NGC 4594 (M104, the Sombrero Galaxy). For stellar kinematics, we use published high-resolution kinematics of the central region taken with the Hubble Space Telescope, newly obtained Gemini long-slit spectra of the major axis, and integral field kinematics from the Spectroscopic Areal Unit for Research on Optical Nebulae instrument. At large radii, we use globular cluster kinematics to trace the mass profile and apply extra leverage to recovering the DM halo parameters. We find a BH of mass M{sub .} = (6.6 {+-} 0.4) x 10{sup 8} M{sub sun} and determine the stellar M/L{sub I} = 3.4 {+-} 0.05 (uncertainties are the 68% confidence band marginalized over the other parameters). Our best-fit DM halo is a cored logarithmic model with asymptotic circular speed V{sub c} = 376 {+-} 12 km s{sup -1} and core radius r{sub c} = 4.7 {+-} 0.6 kpc. The fraction of dark to total mass contained within the half-light radius is 0.52. Taking the bulge and disk components into account in our calculation of {sigma}{sub e} puts NGC 4594 squarely on the M-{sigma} relation. We also determine that NGC 4594 lies directly on the M-L relation.

  15. Dust in the nuclei of the Seyfert galaxies Markarian 231 and NGC 4151

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    Jones, B.; Worrall, D.M.; Rodriguez-Espinosa, J.M.; Stein, W.A.

    1984-09-01

    Observations carried out with a 8-13 micron grating-spectrometer of Mrk 231 and NGC 4151 are reported. The Mrk 231 data can be fitted to various thermal dust emission models or a single power law, with dust extinction. In all the model fits, except for that of graphite and silicon carbide grain emission, a component of silicate absorption of optical depth of not more than 0.7 is required. Confirming published work, the absorption being at the redshift of the low-redshift absorption-line system is ruled out. The high values of silicate optical depth absorption do not give ratios to the galaxy's visual extinction which are comparable to those of galactic H II regions. Weak evidence for a 10-micron absorption feature in NGC 4151 is also reported. This is somewhat contrary to expectation, since the visual extinction of NGC 4151 is lower than that of Mrk 231, and since there is evidence to support a nonthermal rather than thermal dust origin for the infrared continuum emission. 46 references.

  16. A MILLIMETER-WAVE INTERFEROMETRIC SEARCH FOR A MOLECULAR TORUS IN THE RADIO GALAXY NGC 4261

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    Okuda, Takeshi; Iguchi, Satoru; Kohno, Kotaro

    2013-05-01

    NGC 4261 is an elliptical galaxy with a pair of symmetric kiloparsec-scale jets. We observed a nucleus of NGC 4261 at 2.6 mm and 1.3 mm with the NRO RAINBOW interferometer, the Nobeyama Millimeter Array, and the IRAM Plateau de Bure Interferometer to determine the excitation state of molecular gas. In this observation, neither CO(J = 2-1) nor CO(J = 1-0) absorption lines were detected even at higher sensitivity than the previous work. The 3{sigma} upper limits on the optical depths of CO lines were 0.098 for J = 2-1 and 0.042 for J = 1-0, respectively. These upper limits are much smaller than the optical depth obtained from the previous claimed detection of CO(J = 2-1) absorption (0.7), indicating that the claimed CO(J = 2-1) absorption profile could be a false feature. Our results suggest that there is a possibility that CO molecules are highly excited by the active galactic nucleus, since the optical depths of low-J CO molecules in NGC 4261 are significantly low.

  17. Deep Photometry of Galaxies in the VEGAS Survey: The Case of NGC 4472

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    Spavone, M.

    The VST-VEGAS project is aimed at observing and studying a rich sample of nearby early-type galaxies in order to systematically characterize their properties over a wide baseline of sizes and out to the faint outskirts where data are rather scarce so far. The external regions of galaxies more easily retain signatures about the formation and evolution mechanisms which shaped them, as their relaxation time are longer, and they are more weakly influenced by processes such as mergers, secular evolution, central black hole activity, and supernova feedback on the ISM, which tend to level age and metallicity gradients. The collection of a wide photometric dataset of a large number of galaxies in various environmental conditions, may help to shed light on these questions. To this end VEGAS exploits the potential of the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) which provides high quality images of 1 deg2 field of view in order to satisfy both the requirement of high resolution data and the need of studying nearby, and thus large, objects. We present a detailed study of the surface photometry of the elliptical galaxy NGC4472 and of smaller ETGs in its field, performed by using new g and i bands images to constrain the formation history of this nearby giant galaxy, and to investigate the presence of very faint substructures in its surroundings.

  18. An ALMA Spectral Scan of the Obscured Luminous Infrared Galaxy NGC 4418

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    Costagliola, F.; Sakamoto, K.; Aalto, S.; Muller, S.; Martín, S.

    2015-12-01

    Until recently, the study of the molecular interstellar medium of galaxies has been mostly focused on a few, relatively abundant, molecular species. Recent attempts at modeling the molecular emission of active galaxies have shown that standard high-density tracers do not provide univocal results and are not able to discriminate between different relevant environments (e.g., star-formation vs AGN). Spectral lines surveys allow us to explore the richness of the molecular spectrum of galaxies, provide tighter constrains to astrochemical models, and find new more sensitive tracers of specific gas properties. What started as a time-consuming pioneering work has become now routinely accessible with the advent of ALMA. Here we report the results of the first ALMA spectral scan of an obscured luminous infrared galaxy (LIRG), NGC 4418. The galaxy has a very compact IR core and narrow emission lines that make it the perfect target for the study of vibrationally excited molecules. More than 300 emission lines from 45 molecular species were identified and modeled via an LTE and NLTE analysis. The molecular excitation and abundances derived offer a unique insight into the chemistry of obscured LIRGs.

  19. Shaken, Not Stirred: The Disrupted Disk of the Starburst Galaxy NGC 253

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    Davidge, T. J.

    2010-12-01

    Near-infrared images obtained with WIRCam on the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope are used to investigate the recent history of the nearby Sculptor Group spiral NGC 253, which is one of the nearest starburst galaxies. Bright asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars are traced out to projected distances of ~22-26 kpc (~13-15 disk scale lengths) along the major axis. The distribution of stars in the disk is lopsided, in the sense that the projected density of AGB stars in the northeast portion of the disk between 10 and 20 kpc from the galaxy center is ~0.5 dex higher than on the opposite side of the galaxy. A large population of red supergiants is also found in the northeast portion of the disk and, with the exception of the central 2 kpc, this area appears to have been the site of the highest levels of star-forming activity in the galaxy during the past ~0.1 Gyr. It is argued that such high levels of localized star formation may have produced a fountain that ejected material from the disk, and the extraplanar H I detected by Boomsma et al. may be one manifestation of such activity. Diffuse stellar structures are found in the periphery of the disk, and the most prominent of these is to the south and east of the galaxy. Bright AGB stars, including cool C stars that are identified based on their J - K colors, are detected out to 15 kpc above the disk plane, and these are part of a diffusely distributed, flattened extraplanar component. Comparisons between observed and model luminosity functions suggest that the extraplanar regions contain stars that formed throughout much of the age of the universe. Additional evidence of a diffuse, extraplanar stellar component that contains moderately young stars comes from archival Galaxy Evolution Explorer images. It is suggested that the disk of NGC 253 was disrupted by a tidal encounter with a now defunct companion. This encounter introduced asymmetries that remain to this day, and the projected distribution of stars in and around NGC

  20. SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED: THE DISRUPTED DISK OF THE STARBURST GALAXY NGC 253

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    Davidge, T. J.

    2010-12-10

    Near-infrared images obtained with WIRCam on the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope are used to investigate the recent history of the nearby Sculptor Group spiral NGC 253, which is one of the nearest starburst galaxies. Bright asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars are traced out to projected distances of {approx}22-26 kpc ({approx}13-15 disk scale lengths) along the major axis. The distribution of stars in the disk is lopsided, in the sense that the projected density of AGB stars in the northeast portion of the disk between 10 and 20 kpc from the galaxy center is {approx}0.5 dex higher than on the opposite side of the galaxy. A large population of red supergiants is also found in the northeast portion of the disk and, with the exception of the central 2 kpc, this area appears to have been the site of the highest levels of star-forming activity in the galaxy during the past {approx}0.1 Gyr. It is argued that such high levels of localized star formation may have produced a fountain that ejected material from the disk, and the extraplanar H I detected by Boomsma et al. may be one manifestation of such activity. Diffuse stellar structures are found in the periphery of the disk, and the most prominent of these is to the south and east of the galaxy. Bright AGB stars, including cool C stars that are identified based on their J - K colors, are detected out to 15 kpc above the disk plane, and these are part of a diffusely distributed, flattened extraplanar component. Comparisons between observed and model luminosity functions suggest that the extraplanar regions contain stars that formed throughout much of the age of the universe. Additional evidence of a diffuse, extraplanar stellar component that contains moderately young stars comes from archival Galaxy Evolution Explorer images. It is suggested that the disk of NGC 253 was disrupted by a tidal encounter with a now defunct companion. This encounter introduced asymmetries that remain to this day, and the projected distribution

  1. AN INITIAL MASS FUNCTION STUDY OF THE DWARF STARBURST GALAXY NGC 4214

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    Andrews, J. E.; Calzetti, D.; Chandar, R.; Lee, J. C.; Whitmore, B.; Elmegreen, B. G.; Kennicutt, R. C.; Kissel, J. S.; Da Silva, Robert L.; Krumholz, Mark R.; O'Connell, R. W.; Dopita, M. A.; Frogel, Jay A.; Kim, Hwihyun E-mail: callzetti@astro.umass.edu

    2013-04-10

    The production rate of ionizing photons in young ({<=}8 Myr), unresolved stellar clusters in the nearby irregular galaxy NGC 4214 is probed using multi-wavelength Hubble Space Telescope WFC3 data. We normalize the ionizing photon rate by the cluster mass to investigate the upper end of the stellar initial mass function (IMF). We have found that within the uncertainties the upper end of the stellar IMF appears to be universal in this galaxy, and that deviations from a universal IMF can be attributed to stochastic sampling of stars in clusters with masses {approx}<10{sup 3} M{sub Sun }. Furthermore, we have found that there does not seem to be a dependence of the maximum stellar mass on the cluster mass. We have also found that for massive clusters, feedback may cause an underrepresentation in H{alpha} luminosities, which needs to be taken into account when conducting this type of analysis.

  2. On the origin of the Z-shaped narrow-line region in the Seyfert galaxy NGC 3516

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    Veilleux, Sylvain; Tully, R. B.; Bland-Hawthorn, Jonathan

    1993-01-01

    A kinematic study has been carried out of the line-emitting gas in the Seyfert galaxy NGC 3516. The existence of two curved filaments in the central 2.5 kpc of this galaxy, which give Z-shaped appearance to its NLR. A precessing twin-jet model in which the line-emitting material is entrained by a precessing radio jet and kept ionized by the nuclear ionization field can explain the kinematic data of the brightest emission rather well. If this model is valid, this would make NGC 3516 the least luminous known active galaxy with a precessing jet. An alternative scenario assumes that the curved inner filaments represent gas entrained by a radio jet which is deflected by ram pressure from the rotation interstellar medium of the galaxy.

  3. Spectroscopic Study of Extended Star Clusters in Dwarf Galaxy NGC 6822

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    Hwang, Narae; Park, Hong Soo; Lee, Myung Gyoon; Lim, Sungsoon; Hodge, Paul W.; Kim, Sang Chul; Miller, Bryan; Weisz, Daniel

    2014-03-01

    We present a spectroscopic study of the four extended star clusters (ESCs) in NGC 6822 based on the data obtained with the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph on the Gemini-South 8.1 m telescope. The radial velocities derived from the spectra range from -61.2 ± 20.4 km s-1 (for C1) to -115.34 ± 57.9 km s-1 (for C4) and, unlike the intermediate-age carbon stars, they do not display any sign of systematic rotation around NGC 6822. The ages and metallicities derived using the Lick indices show that the ESCs are old (>=8 Gyr) and metal poor ([Fe/H] <~ -1.5). NGC 6822 is found to have both metal poor ([Fe/H] ≈-2.0) and metal rich ([Fe/H] ≈-0.9) star clusters within 15' (2 kpc) from the center, whereas only metal poor clusters are observed in the outer halo with r >= 20'(2.6 kpc). The kinematics, old ages, and low metallicities of ESCs suggest that ESCs may have accreted into the halo of NGC 6822. Based on the velocity distribution of ESCs, we have determined the total mass and the mass-to-light ratio of NGC 6822: M_{N6822} = 7.5^{+4.5}_{-0.1} \\times 10^{9}\\ M_{\\odot } and (M/L)_{N6822} = 75^{+45}_{-1} (M/L)_{\\odot }. It shows that NGC 6822 is one of the most dark matter dominated dwarf galaxies in the Local Group. Based on observations obtained at the Gemini Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under a cooperative agreement with the NSF on behalf of the Gemini partnership: the National Science Foundation (United States), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (United Kingdom), the National Research Council (Canada), CONICYT (Chile), the Australian Research Council (Australia), Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação (Brazil), and Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva (Argentina).

  4. TOWARD A NEW GEOMETRIC DISTANCE TO THE ACTIVE GALAXY NGC 4258. III. FINAL RESULTS AND THE HUBBLE CONSTANT

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    Humphreys, E. M. L.; Reid, M. J.; Moran, J. M.; Greenhill, L. J.; Argon, A. L.

    2013-09-20

    We report a new geometric maser distance estimate to the active galaxy NGC 4258. The data for the new model are maser line-of-sight (LOS) velocities and sky positions from 18 epochs of very long baseline interferometry observations, and LOS accelerations measured from a 10 yr monitoring program of the 22 GHz maser emission of NGC 4258. The new model includes both disk warping and confocal elliptical maser orbits with differential precession. The distance to NGC 4258 is 7.60 {+-} 0.17 {+-} 0.15 Mpc, a 3% uncertainty including formal fitting and systematic terms. The resulting Hubble constant, based on the use of the Cepheid variables in NGC 4258 to recalibrate the Cepheid distance scale, is H{sub 0} = 72.0 {+-} 3.0 km s{sup -1} Mpc{sup -1}.

  5. Multiphase ISM in early type galaxies: A case study of NGC 708

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    Pandey, Sheo Kumar; Sahu, Sheetal Kumar; Chaware, Laxmikant; Baburao Pandge, Mahadev

    2015-08-01

    We present a multiwavelength study of a nearby radio loud elliptical galaxy NGC 708, selected from the Bologna B2 sample of radio galaxies. We obtained optical broad band and narrow images from IGO 2m telescope (Pune, India). We supplement the multiwavelength coverage of the observation by using X-ray data from Chandra, UV data from GALEX, infrared data from 2MASS, Spitzer and WISE, Very Large Array (VLA), Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) and IRAM for radio data.In order to investigate properties of Interstellar medium, we have generated unsharp-masked, colour, residual, quotient, dust extinction, Hα emission, CO intensity, X-ray diffuse emission maps and it is evident that cool gas, CO, dust, warm ionized Hα and hot X-ray gas are spatially associated with each other.We also made use of the HST(WFPC2, ACS, NICMOS2) archival images to investigate the properties at the central ˜10 arcsec region of NGC 708. We model the surface brightness profiles of the galaxy in different wavelengths by fitting a combination of (Power + Sersic) law and Devaucouleur’s law and it is evident that former model gives a better fit than the latter. We investigate the inner and outer photometric and kinematic properties of the galaxy using surface brightness profiles. From X-ray 2d beta model, unsharp masking, surface brightness and temperature profiles techniques it is evident that pair of X-ray cavities are present in this system and which are ˜5Kpc away from the central X-ray source.

  6. The nature of the UV halo around the spiral galaxy NGC 3628

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    Baes, Maarten; Viaene, Sébastien

    2016-03-01

    Thanks to deep UV observations with GALEX and Swift, diffuse UV haloes have recently been discovered around galaxies. Based on UV-optical colours, it has been advocated that the UV haloes around spiral galaxies are due to UV radiation emitted from the disc and scattered off dust grains at high latitudes. Detailed UV radiative transfer models that take into account scattering and absorption can explain the morphology of the UV haloes, and they require the presence of an additional thick dust disc next the to traditional thin disc for half of the galaxies in their sample. We test whether such an additional thick dust disc agrees with the observed infrared emission in NGC 3628, an edge-on galaxy with a clear signature of a thick dust disc. We extend the far-ultraviolet radiative transfer models to full-scale panchromatic models. Our model, which contains no fine-tuning, can almost perfectly reproduce the observed spectral energy distribution from UV to mm wavelengths. These results corroborate the interpretation of the extended UV emission in NGC 3628 as scattering off dust grains, and hence of the presence of a substantial amount of diffuse extra-planar dust. A significant caveat, however, is the geometrical simplicity and non-uniqueness of our model: other models with a different geometrical setting could lead to a similar spectral energy distribution. More detailed radiative transfer simulations that compare the model results to images from UV to submm wavelengths are a way to break this degeneracy, as are UV polarisation measurements.

  7. Transient X-Ray Source Population in the Magellanic-type Galaxy NGC 55

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    Jithesh, V.; Wang, Zhongxiang

    2016-04-01

    We present the spectral and temporal properties of 15 candidate transient X-ray sources detected in archival XMM-Newton and Chandra observations of the nearby Magellanic-type, SB(s)m galaxy NGC 55. Based on an X-ray color classification scheme, the majority of the sources may be identified as X-ray binaries (XRBs), and six sources are soft, including a likely supernova remnant. We perform a detailed spectral and variability analysis of the data for two bright candidate XRBs. Both sources displayed strong short-term X-ray variability, and their X-ray spectra and hardness ratios are consistent with those of XRBs. These results, combined with their high X-ray luminosities (∼1038 erg s‑1), strongly suggest that they are black hole (BH) binaries. Seven less luminous sources have spectral properties consistent with those of neutron star or BH XRBs in both normal and high-rate accretion modes, but one of them is the likely counterpart to a background galaxy (because of positional coincidence). From our spectral analysis, we find that the six soft sources are candidate super soft sources (SSSs) with dominant emission in the soft (0.3–2 keV) X-ray band. Archival Hubble Space Telescope optical images for seven sources are available, and the data suggest that most of them are likely to be high-mass XRBs. Our analysis has revealed the heterogeneous nature of the transient population in NGC 55 (six high-mass XRBs, one low-mass XRBs, six SSSs, one active galactic nucleus), helping establish the similarity of the X-ray properties of this galaxy to those of other Magellanic-type galaxies.

  8. Keck spectroscopy and imaging of globular clusters in the lenticular galaxy NGC 524

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    Beasley, Michael A.; Forbes, Duncan A.; Brodie, Jean P.; Kissler-Patig, Markus

    2004-02-01

    We have obtained Keck Low-Resolution Imaging Spectrometer imaging and spectra for 29 globular clusters associated with the lenticular galaxy NGC 524. Using the empirical calibration of Brodie & Huchra we find that our spectroscopic sample spans a metallicity range of -2.0 <=[Fe/H]<= 0. We have compared the composite spectrum of the metal-poor ([Fe/H] < -1) and metal-rich clusters with stellar population models in order to estimate the ages of the NGC 524 globular clusters. We conclude that the clusters are generally old, and are coeval at the 2σ confidence level. To determine the mean [α/Fe] ratios of the globular clusters, we have employed the Milone et al. α-enhanced stellar population models. We verified the reliability of these models by comparing them with high signal-to-noise Galactic globular cluster spectra. We observe a weak trend of decreasing [α/Fe] ratios with increasing metallicity in the NGC 524 clusters; the metal-poor clusters possess [α/Fe]~0.3, whilst the metal-rich clusters exhibit [α/Fe] ratios closer to solar-scaled values. Analysis of the cluster system kinematics reveals that the full sample (excluding an outlying cluster) exhibits a rotation of 114 +/- 60 km s-1 around a position angle of 22°+/- 27°, and a velocity dispersion of 186 +/- 29 km s-1 at a mean radius of 89 arcsec from the galaxy centre. Subdividing the clusters into metal-poor and metal-rich subcomponents (at [Fe/H]=-1.0), we find that the metal-poor (17) clusters and metal-rich (11) clusters have similar velocity dispersions (197 +/- 40 and 169 +/- 47 km s-1, respectively). However, the metal-poor clusters dominate the rotation in our sample with 147 +/- 75 km s-1, whilst the metal-rich clusters show no significant rotation (68 +/- 84 km s-1). We derive a virial and projected mass estimation for NGC 524 of between 4 and 13 × 1011 Msolar (depending on the assumed orbital distribution) interior to ~2 effective radii of this galaxy.

  9. Star formation in the outer Galaxy: coronal properties of NGC 1893

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    Caramazza, M.; Micela, G.; Prisinzano, L.; Sciortino, S.; Damiani, F.; Favata, F.; Stauffer, J. R.; Vallenari, A.; Wolk, S. J.

    2012-03-01

    Context. The outer Galaxy, where the environmental conditions are different from the solar neighborhood, is a laboratory in which it is possible to investigate the dependence of star formation process on the environmental parameters. Aims: We investigate the X-ray properties of NGC 1893, a young cluster (~1-2 Myr) in the outer part of the Galaxy (galactic radius ≥11 kpc) where we expect differences in the disk evolution and in the mass distribution of the stars, to explore the X-ray emission of its members and compare it with that of young stars in star-forming regions near to the Sun. Methods: We analyze 5 deep Chandra ACIS-I observations with a total exposure time of 450 ks. Source events of the 1021 X-ray sources have been extracted with the IDL-based routine ACIS-Extract. Using spectral fitting and quantile analysis of X-ray spectra, we derive X-ray luminosities and compare the respective properties of Class II and Class III members. We also evaluate the variability of sources using the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test and identify flares in the lightcurves. Results: The X-ray luminosity of NGC 1893 X-ray members is in the range 1029.5-1031.5 erg s-1. Diskless stars are brighter in X-rays than disk-bearing stars, given the same bolometric luminosity. We found that 34% of the 1021 lightcurves appear variable and that they show 0.16 flare per source, on average. Comparing our results with those relative to the Orion Nebula Cluster, we find that, by accounting for observational biases, the X-ray properties of NGC 1893 and the Orion ones are very similar. Conclusions: The X-ray properties in NGC 1893 are not affected by the environment and the stellar population in the outer Galaxy may have the same coronal properties of nearby star-forming regions. The X-ray luminosity properties and the X-ray luminosity function appear to be universal and can therefore be used for estimating distances and for determining stellar properties. Full Tables 1 and 3 are only available at the

  10. THE STELLAR AND GAS KINEMATICS OF THE LITTLE THINGS DWARF IRREGULAR GALAXY NGC 1569

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    Johnson, Megan; Hunter, Deidre A.; Zhang, Hong-Xin; Herrmann, Kimberly; Oh, Se-Heon; Elmegreen, Bruce; Brinks, Elias; Tollerud, Erik E-mail: dah@lowell.edu E-mail: herrmann@lowell.edu E-mail: bge@us.ibm.com E-mail: etolleru@uci.edu

    2012-11-01

    In order to understand the formation and evolution of Magellanic-type dwarf irregular (dIm) galaxies, one needs to understand their three-dimensional structure. We present measurements of the stellar velocity dispersion in NGC 1569, a nearby post-starburst dIm galaxy. The stellar vertical velocity dispersion, {sigma}{sub z}, coupled with the maximum rotational velocity derived from H I observations, V{sub max}, gives a measure of how kinematically hot the galaxy is, and, therefore, indicates its structure. We conclude that the stars in NGC 1569 are in a thick disk with a V{sub max}/{sigma}{sub z} = 2.4 {+-} 0.7. In addition to the structure, we analyze the ionized gas kinematics from O III observations along the morphological major axis. These data show evidence for outflow from the inner starburst region and a potential expanding shell near supermassive star cluster (SSC) A. When compared to the stellar kinematics, the velocity dispersion of the stars increases in the region of SSC A supporting the hypothesis of an expanding shell. The stellar kinematics closely follow the motion of the gas. Analysis of high-resolution H I data clearly reveals the presence of an H I cloud that appears to be impacting the eastern edge of NGC 1569. Also, an ultra-dense H I cloud can be seen extending to the west of the impacting H I cloud. This dense cloud is likely the remains of a dense H I bridge that extended through what is now the central starburst area. The impacting H I cloud was the catalyst for the starburst, thus turning the dense gas into stars over a short timescale, {approx}1 Gyr. We performed a careful study of the spectral energy distribution using infrared, optical, and ultraviolet photometry, producing a state-of-the-art mass model for the stellar disk. This mass modeling shows that stars dominate the gravitational potential in the inner 1 kpc. The dynamical mass of NGC 1569, derived from V{sub max}, shows that the disk may be dark matter deficient in the inner

  11. BeppoSAX detection of the Fe K line in the starburst galaxy NGC53

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    Mariani, S.; Cappi, M.; Persic, M.; Bassani, L.; Palumbo, G. G. C.; Danese, L.; Dean, A. J.; Di Cocco, G.; Franceschini, A.; Hunt, L. K.; Matteucci, F.; Palazzi, E.; Rephaeli, Y.; Salucci, P.; Spizzichino, A.

    1999-01-01

    Preliminary results obtained from BeppoSAX observation of the starburst galaxy NGC53 are presented. X-ray emission from the object is clearly extended but most of the emission is concentrated on the optical nucleus. Preliminary analysis of the LECS and MECS data obtained using the central 4' region indicates that the continuum is well fitted by two thermal components at 0.9keV and 7keV. Fe K line at 6.7keV is detected for the first time in this galaxy; the line has an equivalent width of ~300eV. The line energy and the shape of the 2-10keV continuum strongly support thermal origin of the hard X-ray emission of NGC53. From the measurement of the Fe K line the abundances can be unambiguously constrained to ~0.25 the solar value. Other lines clearly detected are Si, S and FeXVIII/Ne, in agreement with ASCA results.

  12. Herschel photometric observations of the low metallicity dwarf galaxy NGC 1705

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    O'Halloran, B.; Galametz, M.; Madden, S. C.; Auld, R.; Baes, M.; Barlow, M. J.; Bendo, G. J.; Bock, J. J.; Boselli, A.; Bradford, M.; Buat, V.; Castro-Rodriguez, N.; Chanial, P.; Charlot, S.; Ciesla, L.; Clements, D. L.; Cormier, D.; Cooray, A.; Cortese, L.; Davies, J. I.; Dwek, E.; Eales, S. A.; Elbaz, D.; Galliano, F.; Gear, W. K.; Glenn, J.; Gomez, H. L.; Hony, S.; Isaak, K. G.; Levenson, L. R.; Lu, N.; Okumura, K.; Oliver, S.; Page, M. J.; Panuzzo, P.; Papageorgiou, A.; Parkin, T. J.; Perez-Fournon, I.; Pohlen, M.; Rangwala, N.; Rigby, E. E.; Roussel, H.; Rykala, A.; Sacchi, N.; Sauvage, M.; Schulz, B.; Schirm, M. R. P.; Smith, M. W. L.; Spinoglio, L.; Srinivasan, S.; Stevens, J. A.; Symeonidis, M.; Trichas, M.; Vaccari, M.; Vigroux, L.; Wilson, C. D.; Wozniak, H.; Wright, G. S.; Zeilinger, W. W.

    2010-07-01

    We present Herschel SPIRE and PACS photometeric observations of the low metallicity (Z ~ 0.35 Z⊙) nearby dwarf galaxy, NGC 1705, in six wavelength bands as part of the Dwarf Galaxy Survey guaranteed time Herschel key program. We confirm the presence of two dominant circumnuclear IR-bright regions surrounding the central super star cluster that had been previously noted at mid-IR wavelengths and in the sub-mm by LABOCA. On constructing a global spectral energy distribution using the SPIRE and PACS photometry, in conjunction with archival IR measurements, we note the presence of an excess at sub-mm wavelengths. This excess suggests the presence of a signiPcant cold dust component within NGC 1705 and was modeled as an additional cold component in the SED. Although alternative explanations for the sub-mm excess beyond 350 μm, such as changes to the dust emissivity cannot be ruled out, the most likely explanation for the observed submillimetre excess is that of an additional cold dust component.

  13. An Unusual Outburst from the Nucleus of the Quiescent Galaxy NGC 1589

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    Filippenko, Alexei

    2010-09-01

    As part of the Lick Observatory Supernova Search (LOSS), we have recently identified an unusual optical outburst from the nucleus (within 0.05";, or 10 pc in projection) of the nearby (d ~ 50 Mpc) spiral (S0/a) galaxy NGC 1589. Over a decade of photometric monitoring with LOSS, together with archival spectroscopy from the CfA Redshift Survey, suggest the galaxy does not harbor an active galactic nucleus. Likewise, the bright observed X-ray emission and complex H-alpha emission profile do not appear to resemble any known Type II supernova. We therefore believe this transient source (dubbed NGC1589-OT) represents the most viable candidate for a tidal disruption flare (TDF) ever discovered in real time. Here we request a 10 ks Chandra/ACIS DD observation to accurately constrain the X-ray spectral properties (power-law vs. thermal) and environment (n_H) of this unique, fascinating source. In a separate proposal, we are also requesting HST time to get a UV spectrum of it.

  14. An Unusual Outburst from the Nucleus of the Quiescent Galaxy NGC 1589

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    Filippenko, Alex

    2010-09-01

    As part of the Lick Observatory Supernova Search {LOSS}, we have recently identified a highly unusual optical outburst from the nucleus {within 0.05", or 10 pc in projection} of the nearby {d 50 Mpc} spiral {S0/a} galaxy NGC 1589. Over a decade of photometric monitoring with LOSS, together with archival spectroscopy from the CfA Redshift Survey, suggest that the galaxy does not harbor an active nucleus. Likewise, the transient, bright observed X-ray emission and broad H-alpha emission-line profile do not appear to closely resemble those of any known Type II supernova. We therefore consider this transient source {dubbed NGC1589-OT} to be the most viable candidate for a tidal disruption flare {TDF} ever discovered in real time. Here we request UV {STIS} spectroscopy with HST to search for "smoking gun" evidence in favor of the TDF interpretation: photoionized stellar debris ejected by the disruption process. DD time is necessary because the outburst will almost certainly not be visible by the time Cycle 19 observations commence. We did not propose for analogous observations during the normal course of a previous GO cycle due to the extraordinarily small number of good, real-time TDF candidates detected in the past.

  15. AGN Feedback in Galaxy Groups: The Two Interesting Cases of AWM 4 and NGC 5044

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    Gastaldello, Fabio; Buote, David A.; Brighenti, Fabrizio; Mathews, William G.; Temi, Pasquale; Ettori, Stefano

    2009-12-01

    We present AGN feedback in the interesting cases of two groups: AWM 4 and NGC 5044. AWM 4 is characterized by a combination of properties which seems to defy the paradigm for AGN heating in cluster cores: a flat inner temperature profile indicative of a past, major heating episode which completely erased the cool core, as testified by the high central cooling time (>3 Gyrs) and by the high central entropy level (~50 keV cm2), and yet an active central radio galaxy with extended radio lobes out to 100 kpc, revealing recent feeding of the central massive black hole. A recent Chandra observation has revealed the presence of a compact cool corona associated with the BCG, solving the puzzle of the apparent lack of low entropy gas surrounding a bright radio source, but opening the question of its origin. NGC 5044 shows in the inner 10 kpc a pair of cavities together with a set of bright filaments. The cavities are consistent with a recent AGN outburst as also indicated by the extent of dust and Hα emission even though the absence of extended 1.4 GHz emission remains to be explained. The soft X-ray filaments coincident with Hα and dust emission are cooler than those which do not correlate with optical and infrared emission, suggesting that dust-aided cooling can contribute to the overall cooling. For the first time sloshing cold fronts at the scale of a galaxy group have been observed in this object.

  16. Discovery of a fast transient outflow in the Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 985

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    Ebrero, J.; Kriss, J.; Kaastra, J.; Domcek, V.

    2016-06-01

    Obscuration events in active galaxies are key to understand the physical conditions and the dynamics of the gas in the vicinity of their central super-massive black hole. Using recent joint observations with XMM-Newton and the Hubble Space Telescope of the nearby Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 985, we have monitored the pass-by of obscuring material across our line of sight, traveling at 6000 km/s. This kind of event has been recorded previously in only a handful of cases. The properties of this transient absorber suggest that it may originate very close to the broad line region, possibly in an accretion disk wind. Moreover, by analyzing past archival observations of NGC 985, we found evidence that this obscuration process is recurrent. The analysis of the RGS spectra of this source at different epochs reveals that some of the components of the persistent warm absorber vary in response to the changes in the ionizing flux caused by this transient obscurer. In this way, we are able to derive stringent upper limits on the location of the warm absorber.

  17. THEORETICAL EXPLANATION OF THE COSMIC-RAY PERPENDICULAR DIFFUSION COEFFICIENT IN THE NEARBY STARBURST GALAXY NGC 253

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    Buffie, K.; Shalchi, A.; Heesen, V. E-mail: v.heesen@soton.ac.uk

    2013-02-10

    Diffusion coefficients are usually used to describe the propagation of cosmic rays through the universe. Whereas such transport parameters can be obtained from experiments in the solar system, it is difficult to determine diffusion coefficients in the Milky Way or in external galaxies. Recently, a value for the perpendicular diffusion coefficient in the nearby starburst galaxy NGC 253 has been proposed. In the present paper, we reproduce this value theoretically by using an advanced analytical theory for perpendicular diffusion.

  18. A Compton-thick AGN in the barred spiral galaxy NGC 4785

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    Gandhi, P.; Yamada, S.; Ricci, C.; Asmus, D.; Mushotzky, R. F.; Ueda, Y.; Terashima, Y.; La Parola, V.

    2015-05-01

    We present X-ray observations of the active galactic nucleus (AGN) in NGC 4785. The source is a local Seyfert 2 which has not been studied so far in much detail. It was recently detected with high significance in the 15-60 keV band in the 66-month Swift/BAT (Burst Array Telescope) all sky survey, but there have been no prior pointed X-ray observations of this object. With Suzaku, we clearly detect the source below 10 keV, and find it to have a flat continuum and prominent neutral iron fluorescence line with equivalent width ≳1 keV. Fitting the broad-band spectra with physical reflection models shows the source to be a Compton-thick AGN with NH of at least 2 × 1024 cm-2 and absorption-corrected 2-10 keV X-ray power L2-10 ˜ few times 1042 erg s-1. Realistic uncertainties on L2-10 computed from the joint confidence interval on the intrinsic power-law continuum photon index and normalization are at least a factor of 10. The local bona fide Compton-thick AGN population is highly heterogeneous in terms of WISE mid-infrared source colours, and the nucleus of NGC 4785 appears especially sub-dominant in the mid-infrared when comparing to other Compton-thick AGN. Such sources would not be easily found using mid-infrared selection alone. The extent of host galaxy extinction to the nucleus is not clear, though NGC 4785 shows a complex core with a double bar and inner disc, adding to the list of known Compton-thick AGN in barred host galaxies.

  19. Rings and spirals in barred galaxies - II. Ring and spiral morphology

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    Athanassoula, E.; Romero-Gómez, M.; Bosma, A.; Masdemont, J. J.

    2009-12-01

    In this series of papers, we propose a theory to explain the formation and properties of rings and spirals in barred galaxies. The building blocks of these structures are orbits guided by the manifolds emanating from the unstable Lagrangian points located near the ends of the bar. In this paper, we focus on a comparison of the morphology of observed and of theoretical spirals and rings and we also give some predictions for further comparisons. Our theory can account for spirals as well as both inner and outer rings. The model outer rings have the observed R1, R'1, R2, R'2 and R1R2 morphologies, including the dimples near the direction of the bar major axis. We explain why the vast majority of spirals in barred galaxies are two armed and trailing, and discuss what it would take for higher multiplicity arms to form. We show that the shapes of observed and theoretical spirals agree and we predict that stronger non-axisymmetric forcings at and somewhat beyond corotation will drive more open spirals. We compare the ratio of ring diameters in theory and in observations and predict that more elliptical rings will correspond to stronger forcings. We find that the model potential may influence strongly the numerical values of these ratios.

  20. An ISOPHOT Study of the Disk of Galaxy NGC6946: 60(micro)m Infrared and Radio Continuum Correlation

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    Lu, N. Y.; Helou, G.; Tuffs, R.; Xu, C.; Malhotra, S.; Werner, M. W.; Thronson, H.

    1996-01-01

    We combine the ISOPHOT 60(micro)m image of Tuffs, et al. (1996) and VLA radio continuum images at 6 and 20cm from the literature to study the 60(micro)m light distribution and its correlation with radio continuum within the disk of nearby spiral galaxy NGC6946, at an effective resolution of + - 52.

  1. Nuclear discs as clocks for the assembly history of early-type galaxies: the case of NGC 4458

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    Sarzi, M.; Ledo, H. R.; Coccato, L.; Corsini, E. M.; Dotti, M.; Khochfar, S.; Maraston, C.; Morelli, L.; Pizzella, A.

    2016-04-01

    Approximately 20 per cent of early-type galaxies host small nuclear stellar discs that are tens to a few hundred parsecs in size. Such discs are expected to be easily disrupted during major galactic encounters, hence their age serve to constrain their assembly history. We use VIsible MultiObject Spectrograph integral-field spectroscopic observations for the intermediate-mass E0 galaxy NGC 4458 and age-date its nuclear disc via high-resolution fitting of various model spectra. We find that the nuclear disc is at least 6 Gyr old. A clue to gain narrow limits to the stellar age is our knowledge of the nuclear disc contribution to the central surface brightness. The presence of an old nuclear disc, or the absence of disruptive encounters since z ˜ 0.6, for a small galaxy such as NGC 4458 which belongs to the Virgo cluster, may be consistent with a hierarchical picture for galaxy formation where the smallest galaxies assembles earlier and the crowded galactic environments reduce the incidence of galaxy mergers. On the other hand, NGC 4458 displays little or no bulk rotation except for a central kpc-scale kinematically decoupled core. Slow rotation and decoupled core are usually explained in terms of mergers. The presence and age of the nuclear disc constraint these mergers to have happened at high redshift.

  2. Ionized gas characteristics in the cavities of the gas and dust disc of the spiral galaxy NGC 6946

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    Efremov, Yu. N.; Afanasiev, V. L.; Egorov, O. V.

    2011-07-01

    The parameters of the ionized gas in NGC 6946 (in the [NII] λλ6548, 6583, H α and [SII] λλ6717, 6731 lines) are investigated with the SAO RAS BTA telescope along three positions of the long slit of the SCORPIO focal reducer, passing through a number of large and small cavities of the gaseous disc of the galaxy. These cavities correspond exactly to the cavities in warm dust, visible at 5 - 8µm. We found that everywhere in the direction of NGC 6946 the lines of ionized gas are decomposed into two Gaussians, one of which shows almost constant [SII]/H α and [NII]/H α ratios, as well as an almost constant radial velocity within the measurement errors (about -35… - 50 km/s). This component is in fact the foreground radiation from the diffuse ionized gas of our Galaxy, which is not surprising, given the low (12°) latitude of NGC 6946; a similar component is also present in the emission of neutral hydrogen. The analysis of the component of ionized gas, occurring inNGC 6946, has revealed that it shows signs of shock excitation in the cavities of the gaseous disc of the galaxy. This shock excitation is as well typical for the extraplanar diffuse ionized gas (EDIG), observed in a number of spiral galaxies at their high Z-coordinates. This can most likely be explained by low density of the gas in the NGC 6946 disc (with the usual photoionization) inside the cavities, due to what we see the spectral features of the EDIG gas of NGC 6946, projected onto them, and located outside the plane of the galaxy. In the absence of separation of ionized gas into two components by radial velocities, there is an increasing contribution to the integral line parameters by the EDIG of our Galaxy when the gas density in NGC 6946 decreases, which explains some strange results, obtained in the previous studies. Themorphology of warmdust, visible in the infrared range and HI is almost the same (except for the peripheral parts of the galaxy, where there are no sources of dust heating

  3. Supernova Remnants in the Most Fertile Galaxy: NGC 6946

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    Winkler, P. Frank; Long, Knox S.; Blair, William P.

    2014-08-01

    As the host to more recorded supernovae (nine in the past century) than any other galaxy, ngal is a unique venue for studying young (and old) supernova remnants (SNRs). Using deep emission-line images of ngal we obtained from WIYN, we have identified 148 new emission nebulae through their high S II:Hα ratios, indicating that they are strong SNR candidates. This is over 5 times as many as have previously been identified; yet of the 175 total objects, only 6 have been spectroscopically confirmed. We propose multislit spectroscopy from GMOS-N to study the majority of those with no spectra to date. Some 26 are essentially unresolved in our images (diameters ≲ 1 arcsec=27 pc at ngal) and hence probably are relatively young. Several are also coincident with soft X-ray sources (a further indicator of youthful vigor) and have strong O III emission. Some may be rare, ejecta- dominated core-collapse SNRs akin to Cas A, where ``fresh" nucleosynthesis products can be seen. Only spectroscopy, to look for broad emission lines from fast-moving ejecta, can confirm this. We will include spectra of two of the nine recorded SNe in ngal-the first late-time spectrum of SN 2004et, and the first of SN 1980K with high signal-to-noise-adding to the extremely small number of spectra for SNRs only a few decades old. Finally we will use the H II:Hα ratio in a large number of ISM-dominated SNRs to map the N abundance and its gradient across the disk of ngal, and we will use archival HST images to identify the stellar environments that produced the SNe whose remnants we see today.

  4. XMM-Newton observations of the hot spot galaxy NGC 2903

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    Pérez-Ramírez, D.; Caballero-García, M. D.; Ebrero, J.; Leon, S.

    2010-11-01

    We report on the first deeper X-ray broad-band observation of the hot spot galaxy NGC 2903 obtained with XMM-Newton. X-ray imaging and spectra of the spiral barred galaxy NGC 2903 were obtained from XMM-Newton archival data to study its X-ray population and the conditions of the hot gas in its central region. We investigate the spectral properties of the discrete point-source population and give estimates of their X-ray spectral parameters. By analysing the RGS spectra, we derive temperature and abundances for the hot gas located in its central region. A total of six X-ray point sources (four of them ULX candidates) were detected in the energy range of 0.3-10.0 keV located within the galaxy D25 optical disk. Three of these sources are detected for the first time, and one of them, XMM-NGC2903 X2 with a luminosity of higher than 1039 erg s-1. After fitting three different models, we were able to estimate their luminosities, which are compatible with those of binaries with a compact object in the form of black holes (BHs) rather than neutron stars (NSs). We extracted the combined first-order RGS1 and RGS2 spectra of its central region, which display several emission lines. The spectrum is dominated by a strong O viii Lyα emission line along with Ne x Lyα and several Fe xvii features. The O vii complex is also significantly detected, although only the forbidden and resonance lines could be resolved. Both O vii f and r lines seem to be of similar strength, which is consistent with the presence of the collisionally ionized gas that is typical of starburst galaxies. We fitted the spectrum to a model for a plasma in collisional ionization equilibrium (CIE) and the continuum was modelled with a power law, resulting in a plasma temperature of T = 0.31 ± 0.01 keV and an emission measure EM ≡ nHneV = 6.4-0.4+0.5 × 1061 cm-3. We also estimated abundances that are consistent with solar values.

  5. The Magellanic irregular galaxy NGC 4214 - Star formation and the interstellar medium

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    Thronson, Harley A., Jr.; Greenhouse, Matthew; Hunter, Deidre A.; Telesco, C. M.; Harper, D. A.

    1988-01-01

    Near- and far-IR data and mm-wave CO observations are used to study the star-forming properties of the Magellanic irregular galaxy NGC 4214 and its interstellar medium. The galaxy is forming stars at present at about 0.5-1 solar mass/yr in its central few arcmin, if the new stars follow the Salpeter initial mass function from 0.1 to 100 solar masses. This has been maintained for around a Hubble time, although some regions of the galaxy may undergo periods of enhanced and depressed star formation. Based on the mass of dust in emission at 160 microns, a plausible star formation efficiency of about 1.5 percent is estimated, if the H I gas does not take part in forming stars. Molecular masses derived using the H + 1 - 0 line and a conversion to M(H2) appropriate to spiral galaxies produces a mass estimate that is too low by a factor of five to ten.

  6. The dust SED of dwarf galaxies. I. The case of NGC 4214

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    Hermelo, I.; Lisenfeld, U.; Relaño, M.; Tuffs, R. J.; Popescu, C. C.; Groves, B.

    2013-01-01

    Context. High-resolution data from Spitzer, Herschel, and Planck allow us to probe the entire spectral energy distribution (SED) of morphologically separated components of the dust emission from nearby galaxies and allow a more detailed comparison between data and models. Aims: We wish to establish the physical origin of dust heating and emission based on radiation transfer models, that self-consistently connect the emission components from diffuse dust and the dust in massive star forming regions. Methods: NGC 4214 is a nearby dwarf galaxy with a large set of ancillary data, ranging from the ultraviolet (UV) to radio, including maps from Spitzer and Herschel and detections from Planck. We mapped this galaxy with MAMBO at 1.2 mm at the IRAM 30 m telescope. We extracted separate dust emission components for the HII regions (plus their associated PDRs on pc scales) and for the diffuse dust (on kpc scales). We analysed the full UV to FIR/submm SED of the galaxy using a radiation transfer model that self-consistently treats the dust emission from diffuse and star forming (SF) complexes components, considering the illumination of diffuse dust both by the distributed stellar populations and by escaping light from the HII regions. While maintaining consistency within the framework of this model, we additionally used a model that provides a detailed description of the dust emission from the HII regions and their surrounding PDRs on pc scales. Thanks to the large amount of available data and many previous studies for NGC 4214, very few free parameters remained in the model fitting process. Results: We achieve a satisfactory fit for the emission from HII + PDR regions on pc scales, with the exception of the emission at 8 μm, which is underpredicted by the model. For the diffuse emission we achieve a good fit if we assume that about 40-65% of the emission escaping the HII + PDR regions is able to leave the galaxy without passing through a diffuse ISM, which is not an

  7. GHOSTS IN THE ATTIC: MAPPING THE STELLAR CONTENT OF THE S0 GALAXY NGC 5102

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    Davidge, T. J.

    2010-02-15

    The spatial distribution of stars in the nearby S0 galaxy NGC 5102 is investigated using images obtained with WIRCam and MegaCam on the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. With the exception of gaps between detector elements, the entire galaxy is surveyed in r' and i', while the J and Ks data extend out to R {sub GC} {approx} 6 kpc, which corresponds to almost 7 disk scale lengths. A modest population of main-sequence stars with M{sub V} < -3.5 and ages {approx}70 Myr are detected throughout the disk, with the majority located in the southern half of the galaxy. The stellar disk in the northern half of the galaxy is warped, following structure that is also seen in H I. Objects with photometric properties that are consistent with those of bright asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars are seen throughout the disk, and the ratio of C stars to bright M giants is consistent with an overall increase in the star formation rate within the past 1 Gyr. Star-forming activity during the interval 0.1-2 Gyr was more centrally concentrated than during the past {approx}100 Myr. The structure of the disk changes near R {sub GC} {approx} 5 kpc (5.5 disk scale lengths), in the sense that the radial surface density profile defined by red supergiants (RSGs) and bright AGB stars levels off at larger radii. RSGs and bright AGB stars are traced out to a radius of 14 kpc (15.6 scale lengths) along the southern portion of the major axis, while a tentative detection is also made of bright AGB stars at a projected distance of {approx}16 kpc along the southeast minor axis. A large clump of AGB stars that subtends {approx}1 arcmin is identified to the west of the galaxy center. It is argued that this is the remnant of a companion galaxy that triggered past episodes of elevated star-forming activity.

  8. OUTFLOW VERSUS INFALL IN SPIRAL GALAXIES: METAL ABSORPTION IN THE HALO OF NGC 891

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    Bregman, Joel N.; Seitzer, Patrick; Cowley, C. R.; Miller, Matthew J.; Miller, Eric D.

    2013-03-20

    Gas accreting onto a galaxy will be of low metallicity while halo gas due to a galactic fountain will be of near-solar metallicity. We test these predictions by measuring the metal absorption line properties of halo gas 5 kpc above the plane of the edge-on galaxy NGC 891, using observations taken with HST/STIS toward a bright background quasar. Metal absorption lines of Fe II, Mg II, and Mg I in the halo of NGC 891 are clearly seen, and when combined with recent deep H I observations, we are able to place constraints on the metallicity of the halo gas for the first time. The H I line width defines the line broadening, from which we model opacity effects in these metal lines, assuming that the absorbing gas is continuously distributed in the halo. The gas-phase metallicities are [Fe/H] = -1.18 {+-} 0.07 and [Mg/H] = -0.23 + 0.36/ - 0.27 (statistical errors) and this difference is probably due to differential depletion onto grains. When corrected for such depletion using Galactic gas as a guide, both elements have approximately solar or even supersolar abundances. This suggests that the gas is from the galaxy disk, probably expelled into the halo by a galactic fountain, rather than from accretion of intergalactic gas, which would have a low metallicity. The abundances would be raised by significant amounts if the absorbing gas lies in a few clouds with thermal widths smaller than the rotational velocity of the halo. If this is the case, both the abundances and [Mg/Fe] would be supersolar.

  9. Evidence of a Supermassive Black Hole in the Galaxy NGC 1023 From The Nuclear Stellar Dynamics

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    Bower, G. A.; Green, R. F.; Bender, R.; Gebhardt, K.; Lauer, T. R.; Magorrian, J.; Richstone, D. O.; Danks, A.; Gull, T.; Hutchings, J.

    2000-01-01

    We analyze the nuclear stellar dynamics of the SBO galaxy NGC 1023, utilizing observational data both from the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph aboard the Hubble Space Telescope and from the ground. The stellar kinematics measured from these long-slit spectra show rapid rotation (V equals approx. 70 km/s at a distance of O.1 deg = 4.9 pc from the nucleus) and increasing velocity dispersion toward the nucleus (where sigma = 295 +/- 30 km/s). We model the observed stellar kinematics assuming an axisymmetric mass distribution with both two and three integrals of motion. Both modeling techniques point to the presence of a central dark compact mass (which presumably is a supermassive black hole) with confidence > 99%. The isotropic two-integral models yield a best-fitting black hole mass of (6.0 +/- 0.4) x 10(exp 7) solar masses and mass-to-light ratio (M/L(sub v)) of 5.38 +/- 0.08, and the goodness-of-fit (CHI(exp 2)) is insensitive to reasonable values for the galaxy's inclination. The three-integral models, which non-parametrically fit the observed line-of-sight velocity distribution as a function of position in the galaxy, suggest a black hole mass of (3.9 +/- 0.4) x 10(exp 7) solar masses and M/L(sub v) of 5.56 +/- 0.02 (internal errors), and the edge-on models are vastly superior fits over models at other inclinations. The internal dynamics in NGC 1023 as suggested by our best-fit three-integral model shows that the velocity distribution function at the nucleus is tangentially anisotropic, suggesting the presence of a nuclear stellar disk. The nuclear line of sight velocity distribution has enhanced wings at velocities >= 600 km/s from systemic, suggesting that perhaps we have detected a group of stars very close to the central dark mass.

  10. Ring Galaxy AM 0644-741 Captured by Hubble Space Telescope

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    2004-01-01

    Released to commemorate the 14th anniversary of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is the image of a galaxy cataloged as AM 0644-741. Resembling a diamond encrusted bracelet, the ring of brilliant blue star clusters wraps around a yellowish nucleus of what was once a normal spiral galaxy. Located 300 million light years away in the direction of the southern constellation Dorado, the sparkling blue ring is 150,000 light years in diameter, making it larger than our entire home galaxy, the Milky Way. Ring galaxies are a striking example of how collisions between galaxies can dramatically change their structure, while triggering the formation of new stars. Typically one galaxy plunges directly into the disk of another one. The ring that pierced through this galaxy's ring is out of the image but is visible in larger-field images. The soft galaxy visible to the left of the ring galaxy is a coincidental background galaxy which is not interacting with the ring. Rampant star formation explains why the ring is so blue. It is continuously forming massive, young, hot stars. Another sign of robust star formation is the pink regions along the ring. These are rare clouds of glowing hydrogen gas, fluorescing because of the strong ultraviolet light from the newly formed stars. The Hubble Heritage Team used the Hubble Advanced Camera for Surveys to take this image using a combination of four separate filters that isolate blue, green, red, and near-infrared light to create the color image.

  11. Hubble space telescope observations of young star clusters in NGC-4038/4039, 'the antennae' galaxies

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    Whitmore, Bradley C.; Schweizer, Francois

    1995-01-01

    New, high-resolution images of the disks of NGC 4038/4039 obtained with the Wide Field Camera of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) are presented. NGC 4038/4039, nicknamed The Antennae, is a prototypical example of a pair of colliding galaxies believed to be at an early stage of a merger. Down to the limiting magnitude of V approximately 23 mag, the HST images reveal a population of over 700 blue pointlike objects within the disks. The mean absolute magnitude of these objects is M(sub V) = -11 mag, with the brightest objects reaching M(sub V) approximately -15. Their mean apparent color indices ar U - V = -0.7 mag and V - 1 = 0.8 mag on the Johnson UVI passband system, while their mean indices corrected for internal reddening are (u - v)(sub 0) = -1.0 mag and (V - I(sub 0) = 0.5. Their mean effective radius, determined from slightly resolved images, is 18 pc (for H(sub 0) = 50 km/s /Mpc). Based on their luminosities and resolution, most of these objects cannot be individual stars, but are likely young compact star clusters. The brighter ones are similar to the objects found in NGC 1275 and NGC 7252, which appear to be young globular clusters formed during recent galazy mergers. Based on their U - V and V - I colors, the brightest, bluest clusters of NGC 4038/4039 appear to be less than 10 Myr old. Most of these bright clusters are relatively tightly clustered themselves, with typically a dozen individual clusters belonging to a complex identified as a giant H II region from ground-based observations. The cluster luminosity function (LF) is approximately a power law, phi(L)dL proportional to L(exp -1.78+/-0.05)dL, with no hint of a turnover at fainter magnitudes. This power-law shape agrees with the LF of Magellanic Cloud clusters and Galactic open clusters, but differs from the LF of old globular cluster systems that is typically Gaussian with a Full Width at Half Maximum (FWHM) of approximately 3 mag. Besides the blue clusters, we also find about a dozen extremely

  12. FIREWORKS NEAR A BLACK HOLE IN THE CORE OF SEYFERT GALAXY NGC 4151

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    2002-01-01

    The Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) simultaneously records, in unprecedented detail, the velocities of hundreds of gas knots streaming at hundreds of thousands of miles per hour from the nucleus of NGC 4151, thought to house a supermassive black hole. This is the first time the velocity structure in the heart of this object, or similar objects, has been mapped so vividly this close to its central black hole. The twin cones of gas emission are powered by the energy released from the supermassive black hole believed to reside at the heart of this Seyfert galaxy. The STIS data clearly show that the gas knots illuminated by one of these cones is rapidly moving towards us, while the gas knots illuminated by the other cone are rapidly receding. The images have been rotated to show the same orientation of NGC 4151. The figures show: WFPC2 (upper left) -- A Hubble Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 image of the oxygen emission (5007 Angstroms) from the gas at the heart of NGC 4151. Though the twin cone structure can be seen, the image does not provide any information about the motion of the oxygen gas. STIS OPTICAL (upper right) -- In this STIS spectral image of the oxygen gas, the velocities of the knots are determined by comparing the knots of gas in the stationary WFPC2 image to the horizontal location of the knots in the STIS image. STIS OPTICAL (lower right) -- In this false color image the two emission lines of oxygen gas (the weaker one at 4959 Angstroms and the stronger one at 5007 Angstroms) are clearly visible. The horizontal line passing through the image is from the light generated by the powerful black hole at the center of NGC 4151. STIS ULTRAVIOLET (lower left) -- This STIS spectral image shows the velocity distribution of the carbon emission from the gas in the core of NGC 4151. It requires more energy to make the carbon gas glow (CIV at 1549 Angstroms) than it does to ionize the oxygen gas seen in the other images. This means we expect that the

  13. Regrowth of stellar disks in mature galaxies: The two component nature of NGC 7217 revisited with VIRUS-W† ⋄

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    Fabricius, Maximilian H.; Coccato, Lodovico; Bender, Ralf; Drory, Niv; Gössl, Claus; Landriau, Martin; Saglia, Roberto P.; Thomas, Jens; Williams, Michael J.

    2015-02-01

    We have obtained high spectral resolution (R ~ 9000), integral field observations of the three spiral galaxies NGC 3521, NGC 7217 and NGC 7331 using the new fiber-based Integral Field Unit instrument VIRUS-W at the 2.7 m telescope of the McDonald Observatory in Texas. Our data allow us to revisit previous claims of counter rotation in these objects. A detailed kinematic decomposition of NGC 7217 shows that no counter rotating stellar component is present. We find that NGC 7217 hosts a low dispersion, rotating disk that is embedded in a high velocity dispersion stellar halo or bulge that is co-rotating with the disk. Due to the very different velocity dispersions (~ 20 km s-1 vs. 150 km s-1) , we are further able to perform a Lick index analysis on both components separately which indicates that the two stellar populations are clearly separated in (Mgb,) space. The velocities and dispersions of the faster component are very similar to those of the interstellar gas as measured from the [O iii] emission. Morphological evidence of active star formation in this component further suggests that NGC 7217 may be in the process of (re)growing a disk inside a more massive and higher dispersion stellar halo.

  14. A dwarf galaxy's transformation and a massive galaxy's edge: detailed modeling of the extended stream in NGC1097

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    Cristiano Amorisco, Nicola; Martinez-Delgado, David

    2015-08-01

    Low surface brightness tidal features around massive galaxies are the smoking gun of hierarchical galaxy formation. These debris are informative of: (i) the evolutionary struggles of the progenitor dwarf galaxies, transformed and partially destroyed by the tides; (ii) the formation history of the massive host, its halo populations and the structure of its dark matter halo. However, extracting reliable measurements of the progenitor’s initial mass, infall time, host halo mass and density profile has so far been difficult, as the parameter space is too wide to explore with N-body simulations.We use new deep imaging data of the extended, X shaped stream in NGC1097 [1,2] and a new dynamical technique to quantitatively reconstruct: (i) the density profile of the massive spiral host (inferred virial mass M200=1012.25±0.1 M⊙) ; and (ii) the dramatic evolution of the progenitor galaxy; by modeling its stream within a fully statistical framework. I will show that the current location of the remnant coincides with a nucleated dwarf Spheroidal, with a luminosity of ~3.3x106LV,⊙ [3], and a predicted total mass of M(<0.45±0.2 kpc)=107.8±0.6 M⊙. This is the result of a strong transformation: at its first interaction with the host, 4.4±0.4 Gyr and three pericentric passages ago, the progenitor was over two orders of magnitude more massive, with Mtot(3.2±0.7 kpc)=1010.4±0.2 M⊙. Its orbit has a pericenter of a few kpc, but reaches out to 150±12 kpc. In this range the stream’s morphology allows us to see the total density slope of the host bending and steepening towards large radii. For the first time in a single galaxy (rather than on stacked data), both central and outer slope are constrained by observations and can be compared to LCDM expectations [4]. Finally, I will discuss prospects of applying this technique to more known streams, to map the structure of a wider sample of galaxy haloes and unveil the evolutionary histories of more individual dwarf galaxies

  15. HUBBLE SERVES UP A GALAXY

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    2002-01-01

    What may first appear as a sunny side up egg is actually NASA Hubble Space Telescope's face-on snapshot of the small spiral galaxy NGC 7742. But NGC 7742 is not a run-of-the-mill spiral galaxy. In fact, this spiral is known to be a Seyfert 2 active galaxy, a type of galaxy that is probably powered by a black hole residing in its core. The core of NGC 7742 is the large yellow 'yolk' in the center of the image. The lumpy, thick ring around this core is an area of active starbirth. The ring is about 3,000 light-years from the core. Tightly wound spiral arms also are faintly visible. Surrounding the inner ring is a wispy band of material, which is probably the remains of a once very active stellar breeding ground. Credit: Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA)

  16. Spectral Characteristics of Radiation from the Nucleus of the Seyfert Galaxy NGC 1275 After an Epoch of its Maximum Activity

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    Bikmaev, I. F.; Sharipova, L. M.; Galeev, A. I.; Akhmetkhanova, A. É.

    2016-03-01

    The spectral characteristics of radiation from the nucleus of the Seyfert galaxy NGC 1275 are studied on a long time scale. Changes in the profiles of some emission lines and changes in the relative intensities of hydrogen and forbidden lines and their equivalent widths (EWλ ) are demonstrated on a time scale of decades. These studies employed spectral data obtained with the 1.5-m Russian-Turkish telescope (RTT-150) during January 2012 and drew on spectral data published earlier in the literature. These results made it possible to trace the state of the nucleus of NGC 1275 after an activity maximum that occurred during the 1960's.

  17. The origin of the soft X-ray excess in the Seyfert 2 galaxy NGC 2110

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    Weaver, K. A.; Mushotzky, R. F.; Serlemitsos, P. J.; Wilson, A. S.; Elvis, M.; Briel, U.

    1995-01-01

    We present and discuss an X-ray image and a medium-resolution X-ray spectrum of the Seyfert 2 galaxy NGC 2110 obtained with the high-resolution imager (HRI) on ROSAT (0.1-2.4 keV) and Goddard's Broad Band X-ray Telescope (BBXRT; 0.3-11 keV), respectively. Spatially resolved soft X-ray emission, which peaks 4 arcsecs to the north of the nucleus and near the position of the highest excitation optical emission line gas is seen in the HRI observation. The extent has a flux of approximately 3 x 10(exp -13) ergs/sq cm/s and accounts for 11% +/- 3% of the total 0.1-2.4 keV flux. To model the BBXRT spectrum, a soft excess component is required which has a flux of approximately 3.5 x 10(exp -13) ergs/sq cm/s and accounts for approximately 14% +/- 6% of the total 0.1-2.4 keV flux. In addition, BBXRT confirms the presence of an approximately 175 eV equivalent width Fe K alpha flourescence line in NGC 2110. Because of the good agreement between their fluxes, we propose that the soft excess in NGC 2110 is due to leakage of the X-ray continuum through a patchy absorber. The temperature of the gas responsible for the soft excess is too high to be accounted for by local shock heating. In order to explain the soft excess and extent as either scattered continuum X-rays or flourescence from gas photoionized by the nuclear source, the hard X-rays must be emitted anisotropically. However, the soft excess and extent can be well modeled as thermal emission from a hot, outflowing wind, which may also be responsible for confirming at least some portion of the optical narrow line-emitting clouds.

  18. The Controversial Nature of the Diffuse UV Emission in Galaxies: Exploring NGC300

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    Thilker, David

    2014-10-01

    The wealth of data produced over the past decade by sensitive IR and wide-field UV space facilities has ushered a new era for studies of star formation in galaxies, both at the whole-galaxy and sub-galactic (<~kpc) scale. These data underscore the difficulty of using standard methods, including the dust-corrected UV light, to measure star formation within galaxies, owing to the local variations in stellar population and dust properties. The UV should be a direct tracer of young stellar populations and recent star formation, yet UV colors in the 'diffuse' interarm regions of spiral galaxies are unusually red relative to those of spiral arms, even after accounting for dust attenuation. This suggests a complex mix of moderately aged stars and dust, plus perhaps scattered light. We will unveil the origin of those UV colors with new ACS far-UV (FUV) and WFC3 near-UV (NUV) images of the nearby, prototypical spiral NGC300, which will be combined with B,V,I archival images. By exploiting the dust-insensitivity of the HST FUV-NUV color for resolved stars, we will obtain a census of both O and B stars in order to: (1) uncover the nature of the UV-emitting interarm stellar populations, while estimate the true diffuse fraction; (2) constrain the extinction law in both interarm+arm regions; (3) place UV-based SFR indicators on a secure footing for use both at low and high redshift. The angular resolution and UV capabilities of HST are crucial for this project. By directly addressing the use and limitations of UV colors to trace young stellar populations and dust attenuation in galaxies, this project maximizes the return from the large investment of HST time devoted to high-z surveys.

  19. The Spatial Distribution of the Young Stellar Clusters in the Star-forming Galaxy NGC 628

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    Grasha, K.; Calzetti, D.; Adamo, A.; Kim, H.; Elmegreen, B. G.; Gouliermis, D. A.; Aloisi, A.; Bright, S. N.; Christian, C.; Cignoni, M.; Dale, D. A.; Dobbs, C.; Elmegreen, D. M.; Fumagalli, M.; Gallagher, J. S., III; Grebel, E. K.; Johnson, K. E.; Lee, J. C.; Messa, M.; Smith, L. J.; Ryon, J. E.; Thilker, D.; Ubeda, L.; Wofford, A.

    2015-12-01

    We present a study of the spatial distribution of the stellar cluster populations in the star-forming galaxy NGC 628. Using Hubble Space Telescope broadband WFC3/UVIS UV and optical images from the Treasury Program LEGUS (Legacy ExtraGalactic UV Survey), we have identified 1392 potential young (≲ 100 Myr) stellar clusters within the galaxy using a combination of visual inspection and automatic selection. We investigate the clustering of these young stellar clusters and quantify the strength and change of clustering strength with scale using the two-point correlation function. We also investigate how image boundary conditions and dust lanes affect the observed clustering. The distribution of the clusters is well fit by a broken power law with negative exponent α. We recover a weighted mean index of α ˜ -0.8 for all spatial scales below the break at 3.″3 (158 pc at a distance of 9.9 Mpc) and an index of α ˜ -0.18 above 158 pc for the accumulation of all cluster types. The strength of the clustering increases with decreasing age and clusters older than 40 Myr lose their clustered structure very rapidly and tend to be randomly distributed in this galaxy, whereas the mass of the star cluster has little effect on the clustering strength. This is consistent with results from other studies that the morphological hierarchy in stellar clustering resembles the same hierarchy as the turbulent interstellar medium.

  20. Star Bursts in the UV Bright Interacting Galaxies NGC 3395 & 3396

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    Hancock, M.; Weistrop, D.; Nelson, C. H.

    2000-05-01

    We have obtained ultraviolet and visible wavelength images for the interacting galaxies, NGC 3395 and 3396, using the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph on Hubble Space Telescope. IUE observations (Kinney et al. 1993) indicate that both of these galaxies have strong UV emission. Ground based spectra display evidence of extensive star formation. The visible images were obtained using the CCD detector and filter F28X50LP (central wavelength ~ 7230 Angstroms , FWHM ~ 1998 Angstroms). The ultraviolet images were obtained using the F25QTZ filter with the far-UV MAMA detector (central wavelength ~ 1595 Angstroms , FWHM ~ 206 Angstroms), and the F25CN182 filter with the near-UV MAMA detector (central wavelength ~ 2010 Angstroms, FWHM ~ 681 Angstroms). The data were reduced and analyzed using standard IRAF and STSDAS packages and customized software routines. This work has been supported in part by NASA, under contract NAS5-31231. We will present luminosities, luminosity functions, sizes and colors for the UV bright star forming regions. Stellar populations and ages of these knots will be constrained by comparison with star burst models (Leitherer et al. 1999). We will discuss the dependence of the characteristics of the knots on position in the galaxies and the possible relationship to the tidal interaction.

  1. A distance to the galaxy NGC4258 from observations of Cepheid variable stars.

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    Maoz, E; Newman, J A; Ferrarese, L; Stetson, P B; Zepf, S E; Davis, M; Freedman, W L; Madore, B F

    1999-09-23

    Cepheid variable stars pulsate in a way that is correlated with their intrinsic luminosity, making them useful as 'standard candles' for determining distances to galaxies; the potential systematic uncertainties in the resulting distances have been estimated to be only 8-10%. They have played a crucial role in establishing the extragalactic distance scale and hence the value of the Hubble constant. Here we report observations of Cepheids in the nearby galaxy NGC4258; the distance calculated from the Cepheids is 8.1 +/- 0.4 Mpc, where the uncertainty does not include possible systematic errors. There is an independently determined geometric distance to this galaxy of 7.2 +/- 0.5 Mpc, based on the observed proper motions of water masers orbiting the central black hole; the distances differ by 1.3sigma. If the maser-based distance is adopted and the Cepheid distance scale revised accordingly, the derived value of the Hubble constant would increase by 12 +/- 9%, while the expansion age of the Universe would decrease by the same amount. PMID:16862105

  2. CO(J = 3-2) on-the-fly mapping of the nearby spiral galaxies NGC 628 and NGC 7793: Spatially resolved CO(J = 3-2) star-formation law

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    Muraoka, Kazuyuki; Takeda, Miho; Yanagitani, Kazuki; Kaneko, Hiroyuki; Nakanishi, Kouichiro; Kuno, Nario; Sorai, Kazuo; Tosaki, Tomoka; Kohno, Kotaro

    2016-04-01

    We present the results of CO(J = 3-2) on-the-fly mappings of two nearby non-barred spiral galaxies, NGC 628 and NGC 7793, with the Atacama Submillimeter Telescope Experiment at an effective angular resolution of 25″. We successfully obtained global distributions of CO(J = 3-2) emission over the entire disks at a sub-kpc resolution for both galaxies. We examined the spatially resolved (sub-kpc) relationship between CO(J = 3-2) luminosities (L^' }_CO(3-2)) and infrared (IR) luminosities (LIR) for NGC 628, NGC 7793, and M 83, and compared it with global luminosities of a JCMT (James Clerk Maxwell Telescope) Nearby Galaxy Legacy Survey sample. We found a striking linear L^' }_CO(3-2)-LIR correlation over the four orders of magnitude, and the correlation is consistent even with that for ultraluminous IR galaxies and submillimeter-selected galaxies. In addition, we examined the spatially resolved relationship between CO(J = 3-2) intensities (ICO(3-2)) and extinction-corrected star formation rates (SFRs) for NGC 628, NGC 7793, and M 83, and compared it with that for Giant Molecular Clouds in M 33 and 14 nearby galaxy centers. We found a linear ICO(3-2)-SFR correlation with ˜1 dex scatter. We conclude that the CO(J = 3-2) star-formation law (i.e., linear L^' }_CO(3-2)-LIR and ICO(3-2)-SFR correlations) is universally applicable to various types and spatial scales of galaxies; from spatially resolved nearby galaxy disks to distant IR-luminous galaxies, within ˜1 dex scatter.

  3. Galactic ring nebulae associated with Wolf-Rayet stars. VI. NGC 3199, anon (MR 26), RCW 58, and RCW 104

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    Chu, Y.

    1982-03-15

    We have obtained narrow-band interference filter photographs and high resolution Fabry-Perot spectra for four galactic ring nebulae associated with Wolf-Rayet stars: NGC 3199, anon (MR 26), RCW 58, and RCW 104. All of these four nebulae show interaction between the stellar wind and the ambient interstellar medium. NGC 3199, anon (MR 26), and RCW 104 are classified as W-type nebulae. RCW 58, having a prominent ring of stellar ejecta, is classified as an E-type nebula. For most W-type nebulae, the kinetic energy in the shell is only about 1% of the total mechanical energy input from the stellar wind, while the ratio of the shell momentum to the total momentum injected by the stellar wind is about 0.5 and apparently increases with the nebular age.

  4. Discovery of an obscured low luminosity active nucleus in the spiral galaxy NGC 4258

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    Makishima, Kazuo; Fujimoto, Ryuichi; Ishisaki, Yoshitaka; Kii, Tsuneo; Loewenstein, Michael; Mushotzky, Richard; Serlemitsos, Peter; Sonobe, Takashi; Tashiro, Makoto; Yaqoob, Tahir

    1994-01-01

    The spectra and images of the nearby jet galaxy NGC 4258 (M106) obtained with ASCA indicate presence of several distinct X-ray emission components. The emission above 3 keV is pointlike and coincident in position with the optical nucleus, exhibiting a hard (photon index approximately 1.78) and absorbed N(sub H) approximately 1.5 x 10(exp 23) cm(exp -2) spectrum. This provides clear evidence that NGC 4258 hosts an obscured active nucleus of low luminosity, about 4 x 10(exp 40) ergs s(exp -1) in 2-10 keV after removing the absorption. Iron K-line emission with an equivalent width 0.25 +/- 0.10 keV was detected. The emission below 1 keV is dominated by an extended approximately 4 min thin-thermal component with a temperature approximately 0.5 keV exhibiting atomic emission lines, possibly associated with the jet. There exists a third continuum component with an intermediate spectral hardness, which is brightest at approximately 1 min south-east of the nucleus.

  5. NGC 4051 and the Nature of Narrow-Line Seyfert I Galaxies

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    Peterson, B. M.; McHardy, I. M.; Wilkes, B. J.

    2004-01-01

    We report on the results of a three-year program of coordinated X-ray and optical monitoring of the narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 4051. The principal results of this program are: (1) The H-beta emission line time lag and Doppler width yield a virial mass estimate of about 1.1 mission solar masses, at the extreme low end of AGN masses. A plausible adjustment for inclination effects increases this mass slightly to about 1.4 mission solar masses. (2) During the third year of this campaign, both the X-ray continuum and the He II 4686 line went into extremely low states, although the optical continuum and the H-beta broad line were both still present and variable. We suggest that the inner part of the accretion disk may have gone into an advection-dominated state, yielding little radiation from the hotter inner disk. (3) The He II 4686 line is almost five times as broad as H-beta, and it is strongly blueward asymmetric, as are the high-ionization UV lines recorded in archive spectra of NGC 4051. The data are consistent with the Balmer lines arising in a low-inclination disk-like configuration, and the high-ionization lines arising in an outflowing wind, of which we observe preferentially the near side.

  6. Galaxies and Saturn's rings: Gravitational analogues of nonneutral plasmas

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    Mark, J.W.K.

    1985-04-25

    Orbit and collective dynamics in disk galaxies and in Saturn's rings are gravitational analogues of those occurring in nonneutral plasmas. The interesting problems for such ''gravitational plasmas'' are analogous to single-disk studies of transverse dynamics in particle beams. Of particular interest are various orbit-resonances with spiral density and bending waves in these disks which are analogous to electrostatic waves in nonneutral beam plasmas. The background physics, terminology and results of astrophysical investigations in these fields are surveyed in this paper. 53 refs., 19 figs., 1 tab.

  7. Evolutionary phenomena in galaxies; Summer School, Puerto de la Cruz, Spain, July 4-15, 1988, Contributed Papers

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    Beckman, John E.; Pagel, Bernard E.

    1989-07-01

    Topics discussed in this symposium are on the Galaxy, the Magellanic Clouds, elliptical galaxies, the structure of spirals and galaxy interactions, and the gas and star formation in galaxies. Papers are presented on the Galactic evolution and the star counts in the Galaxy, the physical parameters of reflection nebulae in the Galaxy, chemical abundances in the LMC and SMC planetary nebulae, and the initial mass functions of Magellanic Cloud star clusters, the morphological properties of radio elliptical galaxies, and the synthetic integrated fluxes and colors for elliptical galaxies. Attention is also given to the magnetic fields in M31, NGC 7331, NGC 2841, NGC 6946, and our Galaxy, two high-velocity encounters of elliptical galaxies, evidence for high-velocity gas in giant H II regions, molecules in external galaxies, a photometric study of the double-ring structure of NGC 4736, and the chemical and dynamical evolution of galactic discs.

  8. Chandra Observations of the Evening Core of the Starburst Galaxy NGC 253

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    Weaver, K. A.; Heckman, T. M.; Dahlem, M.; White, Nicholas E. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Chandra observations of the core of the nearby starburst galaxy NGC 253 reveal a heavily absorbed source of hard X-rays embedded within the nuclear starburst region. The source has an unabsorbed, 2 to 10 keV luminosity of greater than or equal to 10(exp 39) erg per s and photoionizes the surrounding gas. We observe this source through a dusty torus with a neutral absorbing column density of N(sub eta) approximately 2 x 10(exp 23)cm (exp -2). The torus is hundreds of pc across and collimates the starburst-driven nuclear outflow. We suggest that the ionizing source is an intermediate-mass black hole or a weakly accreting supermassive black hole, which may signal the beginnings or endings of AGN (active galactic nuclei) activity.

  9. Optical monitoring of the Seyfert galaxy NGC 4151 and possible periodicities in its historical light curve

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    Guo, Di-Fu; Hu, Shao-Ming; Tao, Jun; Yin, Hong-Xing; Chen, Xu; Pan, Hong-Jian

    2014-08-01

    We report B, V and R band CCD photometry of the Seyfert galaxy NGC 4151 obtained with the 1.0 m telescope at Weihai Observatory of Shandong University and the 1.56 m telescope at Shanghai Astronomical Observatory from 2005 December to 2013 February. Combining all available data from literature, we have constructed a historical light curve from 1910 to 2013 to study the periodicity of the source using three different methods (the Jurkevich method, the Lomb-Scargle periodogram method and the Discrete Correlation Function method). We find possible periods of P1 = 4 ± 0.1, P2 = 7.5 ± 0.3 and P3 = 15.9 ± 0.3 yr.

  10. Search for Obscured Nucleus in a Luminous IRAS Galaxy NGC 6240

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    Leighly, Karen

    1999-01-01

    IRAS discovered very luminous objects which emit the vast majority of their radiation in the infrared wavelength. The energy source of such a tremendous amount of emission is not understood. Starburst and active galactic nuclei (AGN) are thought to be the origin of their power. X-ray observations are expected to be able to reveal the characteristics of the AGN component. However, some are very X-ray quiet, because the AGN is thought to be obscured by a large column density. In order to determine the primary luminosity of the nucleus, we need an X-ray observation with a wide energy band at least up to several tens of keV. We propose to observe NGC 6240, one of the luminous IRAS galaxies, to investigate the characteristics of its AGN, which must be obscured by large column density.

  11. PLANETARY NEBULAE IN THE ELLIPTICAL GALAXY NGC 4649 (M 60): KINEMATICS AND DISTANCE REDETERMINATION

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    Teodorescu, A. M.; Mendez, R. H.; Bernardi, F.; Thomas, J.; Das, P.; Gerhard, O. E-mail: mendez@ifa.hawaii.edu

    2011-07-20

    Using a slitless spectroscopy method with (1) the 8.2 m Subaru telescope and its FOCAS Cassegrain spectrograph and (2) the ESO Very Large Telescope unit 1 (Antu) and its FORS2 Cassegrain spectrograph, we have detected 326 planetary nebulae (PNs) in the giant Virgo elliptical galaxy NGC 4649 (M 60) and measured their radial velocities. After rejecting some PNs more likely to belong to the companion galaxy NGC 4647, we have built a catalog with kinematic information for 298 PNs in M 60. Using these radial velocities, we have concluded that they support the presence of a dark matter halo around M 60. Based on an isotropic, two-component Hernquist model, we estimate the dark matter halo mass within 3R{sub e} to be 4 x 10{sup 11} M{sub sun}, which is almost one-half of the total mass of about 10{sup 12} M{sub sun} within 3R{sub e}. This total mass is similar to that estimated from globular cluster, XMM-Newton, and Chandra observations. The dark matter becomes dominant outside. More detailed dynamical modeling of the PN data is being published in a companion paper. We have also measured the m(5007) magnitudes of many of these PNs and built a statistically complete sample of 218 PNs. The resulting PN luminosity function (PNLF) was used to estimate a distance modulus of 30.7 {+-} 0.2 mag, equivalent to 14 {+-} 1 Mpc. This confirms an earlier PNLF distance measurement based on a much smaller sample. The PNLF distance modulus remains smaller than the surface brightness fluctuation distance modulus by 0.4 mag.

  12. COMPARING X-RAY AND DYNAMICAL MASS PROFILES IN THE EARLY-TYPE GALAXY NGC 4636

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    Johnson, Ria; Raychaudhury, Somak; Chakrabarty, Dalia; O'Sullivan, Ewan E-mail: D.Chakrabarty@warwick.ac.u

    2009-12-01

    We present the results of an X-ray mass analysis of the early-type galaxy NGC 4636, using Chandra data. We have compared the X-ray mass density profile with that derived from a dynamical analysis of the system's globular clusters (GCs). Given the observed interaction between the central active galactic nucleus and the X-ray emitting gas in NGC 4636, we would expect to see a discrepancy in the masses recovered by the two methods. Such a discrepancy exists within the central approx10 kpc, which we interpret as the result of non-thermal pressure support or a local inflow. However, over the radial range approx10-30 kpc, the mass profiles agree within the 1sigma errors, indicating that even in this highly disturbed system, agreement can be sought at an acceptable level of significance over intermediate radii, with both methods also indicating the need for a dark matter halo. However, at radii larger than 30 kpc, the X-ray mass exceeds the dynamical mass, by a factor of 4-5 at the largest disagreement. A Fully Bayesian Significance Test finds no statistical reason to reject our assumption of velocity isotropy, and an analysis of X-ray mass profiles in different directions from the galaxy center suggests that local disturbances at large radius are not the cause of the discrepancy. We instead attribute the discrepancy to the paucity of GC kinematics at large radius, coupled with not knowing the overall state of the gas at the radius where we are reaching the group regime (>30 kpc), or a combination of the two.

  13. Near-infrared polarimetry of the edge-on galaxy NGC 891

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    Montgomery, J. D.; Clemens, D. P. E-mail: clemens@bu.edu

    2014-05-01

    The edge-on galaxy NGC 891 was probed using near-infrared (NIR) imaging polarimetry in the H band (1.6 μm) with the Mimir instrument on the 1.8 m Perkins Telescope. Polarization was detected with a signal-to-noise ratio greater than three out to a surface brightness of 18.8 mag arcsec{sup –2}. The unweighted average and dispersion in polarization percentage (P) across the full disk were 0.7% and 0.3%, respectively, and the same quantities for polarization position angle (P.A.) were 12° and 19°, respectively. At least one polarization null point, where P falls nearly to zero, was detected in the northeast disk but not the southwest disk. Several other asymmetries in P between the northern and southern disk were found and may be related to spiral structure. Profiles of P and P.A. along the minor axis of NGC 891 suggest a transition from magnetic (B) field tracing dichroic polarization near the disk mid-plane to scattering dominated polarization off the disk mid-plane. A comparison between NIR P.A. and radio (3.6 cm) synchrotron polarization P.A. values revealed similar B-field orientations in the central-northeast region, which suggests that the hot plasma and cold, star-forming interstellar medium may share a common B-field. Disk-perpendicular polarizations previously seen at optical wavelengths are likely caused by scattered light from the bright galaxy center and are unlikely to be tracing poloidal B-fields in the outer disk.

  14. Suppression of star formation in the galaxy NGC 253 by a starburst-driven molecular wind.

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    Bolatto, Alberto D; Warren, Steven R; Leroy, Adam K; Walter, Fabian; Veilleux, Sylvain; Ostriker, Eve C; Ott, Jürgen; Zwaan, Martin; Fisher, David B; Weiss, Axel; Rosolowsky, Erik; Hodge, Jacqueline

    2013-07-25

    The under-abundance of very massive galaxies in the Universe is frequently attributed to the effect of galactic winds. Although ionized galactic winds are readily observable, most of the expelled mass (that is, the total mass flowing out from the nuclear region) is likely to be in atomic and molecular phases that are cooler than the ionized phases. Expanding molecular shells observed in starburst systems such as NGC 253 (ref. 12) and M 82 (refs 13, 14) may facilitate the entrainment of molecular gas in the wind. Although shell properties are well constrained, determining the amount of outflowing gas emerging from such shells and the connection between this gas and the ionized wind requires spatial resolution better than 100 parsecs coupled with sensitivity to a wide range of spatial scales, a combination hitherto not available. Here we report observations of NGC 253, a nearby starburst galaxy (distance ∼ 3.4 megaparsecs) known to possess a wind, that trace the cool molecular wind at 50-parsec resolution. At this resolution, the extraplanar molecular gas closely tracks the Hα filaments, and it appears to be connected to expanding molecular shells located in the starburst region. These observations allow us to determine that the molecular outflow rate is greater than 3 solar masses per year and probably about 9 solar masses per year. This implies a ratio of mass-outflow rate to star-formation rate of at least 1, and probably ∼3, indicating that the starburst-driven wind limits the star-formation activity and the final stellar content. PMID:23887428

  15. First Detections of Molecular Gas Associated with the Wolf-Rayet Ring Nebula NGC 3199

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    Marston, A. P.

    2001-12-01

    This paper presents the first observations of molecular gas associated with the Wolf-Rayet ring nebula NGC 3199 around the WR star WR 18. This includes first observations of the molecules HCN, HCO+, CN, and HNC seen in any Wolf-Rayet ring nebula. Our observations immediately suggest the presence of high-density molecular gas (>104 cm-3) in the nebula with significant amounts of associated molecular gas, which is in the form of clumpy ejecta and/or interstellar material. Molecular CO gas was mapped across the optically bright portion of the nebula and out into the diffuse ionized component using the 12CO J=1-->0 line. CO gas is not seen within the optically bright rim of NGC 3199 but adjacent to it. The optical emission rim therefore appears to mark regions of photodissociation. Velocity components in the CO data are consistent with those seen in high-resolution optical spectra of the Hα line but extend beyond the visible emission. A prior suggestion of the formation of the nebula via a bow shock appears unlikely since Hipparcos measurements show the proper motion of WR 18 is almost at right angles to the direction required for the bow shock model. Instead, line splitting toward the north of the nebula suggests that a possible blowout of the Wolf-Rayet wind through surrounding ejecta may be responsible for some of the velocity features observed. Preliminary estimates of molecular abundances in the nebula seen toward the central star are significantly higher than for the interstellar medium and are similar to those in planetary nebulae, although CN is distinctly underabundant in comparison to the very high values found in many planetary nebulae. The abundances found are consistent with the idea that at least a portion of the molecular material is associated with ejecta from the central star. Based on observations collected at the Swedish-ESO Submillimetre Telescope (SEST) at the European Southern Observatory, La Silla, Chile. The Swedish-ESO Submillimetre Telescope

  16. An extremely low gas-to-dust ratio in the dust-lane lenticular galaxy NGC 5485

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    Baes, Maarten; Allaert, Flor; Sarzi, Marc; De Looze, Ilse; Fritz, Jacopo; Gentile, Gianfranco; Hughes, Thomas M.; Puerari, Ivânio; Smith, Matthew W. L.; Viaene, Sébastien

    2014-10-01

    Evidence is mounting that a significant fraction of the early-type galaxy population contains substantial reservoirs of cold interstellar gas and dust. We investigate the gas and dust in NGC 5485, an early-type galaxy with a prominent minor-axis dust lane. Using new Herschel PACS and SPIRE imaging data, we detect 3.8 × 106 M⊙ of cool interstellar dust in NGC 5485, which is in stark contrast with the non-detection of the galaxy in sensitive H I and CO observations from the ATLAS3D consortium. The resulting gas-to-dust ratio upper limit is Mgas/Md < 14.5, almost an order of magnitude lower than the canonical value for the Milky Way. We scrutinize the reliability of the dust, atomic gas and molecular gas mass estimates, but these do not show systematic uncertainties that can explain the extreme gas-to-dust ratio. Also a warm or hot ionized gas medium does not offer an explanation. A possible scenario could be that NGC 5485 merged with an SMC-type metal-poor galaxy with a substantial CO-dark molecular gas component and that the bulk of atomic gas was lost during the interaction, but it remains to be investigated whether such a scenario is possible.

  17. The Detection of Circumnuclear X-Ray Emission from the Seyfert Galaxy NGC 3516

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    George, I. M.; Turner, T. J.; Netzer, H.; Kraemer, S. B.; Ruiz, J.; Chelouche, D.; Crenshaw, D. M.; Yaqoob, T.; Nandra, K.; Mushotzky, R. F.; White, Nicholas E. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    We present the first high-resolution, X-ray image of the circumnuclear regions of the Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 3516, using the Chandra X-ray Observatory (CXO). All three of the CXO observations reported were performed with one of the two grating assemblies in place, and here we restrict our analysis to undispersed photons (i.e. those detected in the zeroth-order). A previously-unknown X-ray source is detected approximately 6 arcsec (1.1h(sub 75)(exp -1) kpc) NNE of the nucleus (position angle approximately 29 degrees) which we designate CXOU 110648.1 + 723412. Its spectrum can be characterized as a power law with a photon index (Gamma) approximately 1.8 - 2.6, or as thermal emission with a temperature kT approximately 0.7 - 3 keV. Assuming a location within NGC 3516, isotropic emission implies a luminosity L approximately 2 - 8 x 10(exp 39)h(sub 75)(exp-2) erg s(exp -1) in the 0.4 - 2 keV band. If due to a single point source, the object is super-Eddington for a 1.4 solar mass neutron star. However, multiple sources or a small, extended source cannot be excluded using the current data. Large-scale extended S-ray emission is also detected out to approximately 10 arcsec (approximately 2h(sub 75)(exp -1) kpc) from the nucleus to the NE and SW, and is approximately aligned with the morphologies of the radio emission and extended narrow emission line region (ENLR). The mean luminosity of this emission is 1 - 5 x 10(exp 37)h(sub 75)(exp -2) erg s(exp -1) arcsec(exp -2), in the 0.4 - 2 keV band. Unfortunately the current data cannot usefully constrain its spectrum. These results are consistent with earlier suggestions of circumnuclear X-ray emissi in NGC 3516 based on ROSAT observations, and thus provide the first clear detection of extended X-ray emission in a Seyfert 1.0 galaxy. If the extended emission is due to scattering of the nuclear X-ray continuum, then the pressure in the X-ray emitting gas is at least two orders of magnitude too small to provide the confining

  18. Giant Molecular Clouds and Star Formation in the Non-Grand Design Spiral Galaxy NGC 6946

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    Rebolledo, David; Wong, T.; Leroy, A.

    2012-01-01

    Although the internal physical properties of molecular clouds have been extensively studied (Solomon et al. 1987), a more detailed understanding of their origin and evolution in different types of galaxies is needed. In order to disentangle the details of this process, we performed CO(1-0) CARMA observations of the eastern part of the multi-armed galaxy NGC 6946. Although we found no evidence of an angular offset between molecular gas, atomic gas and star formation regions in our observations (Tamburro et al. 2008), we observe a clear radial progression from regions where molecular gas dominates over atomic gas (for r ≤ 2.8 kpc) to regions where the gas becomes mainly atomic (5.6 kpc ≤ r ≤ 7.6 kpc) when azimuthally averaged. In addition, we found that the densest concentrations of molecular gas are located on arms, particularly where they appear to intersect, which is in concordance with the predictions by simulations of the spiral galaxies with an active potential (Clarke & Gittins 2006; Dobbs & Bonnell 2008). At CO(1-0) resolution (140 pc), we were able to find CO emitting complexes with masses greater than those of typical Giant Molecular Clouds (105-106 M⊙). To identify GMCs individually and make a more detailed study of their physical properties, we made D array observations of CO(2-1) toward the densest concentrations of gas, achieving a resolution similar to GMCs sizes found in other galaxies (Bolatto et al. 2008). We present first results about differences in properties of the on-arm clouds and inter-arm clouds. We found that, in general, on-arm clouds present broader line widths, are more massive and more active in star formation than inter-arm clouds. We investigated if the velocity dispersion observed in CO(1-0) emitting complexes reflects velocity differences between unresolved smaller clouds, or if it corresponds to actual internal turbulence of the gas observed.

  19. DWARFS GOBBLING DWARFS: A STELLAR TIDAL STREAM AROUND NGC 4449 AND HIERARCHICAL GALAXY FORMATION ON SMALL SCALES

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    Martinez-Delgado, David; Rix, Hans-Walter; Maccio, Andrea V.; Romanowsky, Aaron J.; Arnold, Jacob A.; Brodie, Jean P.; Annibali, Francesca; Fliri, Juergen; Zibetti, Stefano; Van der Marel, Roeland P.; Aloisi, Alessandra; Chonis, Taylor S.; Carballo-Bello, Julio A.; Gallego-Laborda, J.; Merrifield, Michael R.

    2012-04-01

    A candidate diffuse stellar substructure was previously reported in the halo of the nearby dwarf starburst galaxy NGC 4449 by Karachentsev et al. We map and analyze this feature using a unique combination of deep integrated-light images from the BlackBird 0.5 m telescope, and high-resolution wide-field images from the 8 m Subaru Telescope, which resolve the nebulosity into a stream of red giant branch stars, and confirm its physical association with NGC 4449. The properties of the stream imply a massive dwarf spheroidal progenitor, which after complete disruption will deposit an amount of stellar mass that is comparable to the existing stellar halo of the main galaxy. The stellar mass ratio between the two galaxies is {approx}1:50, while the indirectly measured dynamical mass ratio, when including dark matter, may be {approx}1:10-1:5. This system may thus represent a 'stealth' merger, where an infalling satellite galaxy is nearly undetectable by conventional means, yet has a substantial dynamical influence on its host galaxy. This singular discovery also suggests that satellite accretion can play a significant role in building up the stellar halos of low-mass galaxies, and possibly in triggering their starbursts.

  20. Rings and Bent Chain Galaxies in the GEMS and GOODS Fields

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    Elmegreen, Debra Meloy; Elmegreen, Bruce G.

    2006-11-01

    Twenty-four galaxies with rings or partial rings were studied in the GEMS and GOODS fields out to z~1.4. Most resemble local collisional ring galaxies in morphology, size, and clumpy star formation. Clump ages range from 108 to 109 yr, and clump masses go up to several × 108 Msolar, based on color evolution models. The clump ages are consistent with the expected lifetimes of ring structures if they are formed by collisions. Fifteen other galaxies that resemble the arcs in partial ring galaxies but have no evident disk emission were also studied. Their clumps have bluer colors at all redshifts compared to the clumps in the ring and partial ring sample, and their clump ages are younger than in rings and partial rings by a factor of ~10. In most respects, they resemble chain galaxies except for their curvature; we refer to them as ``bent chains.'' Several rings are symmetric with centered nuclei and no obvious companions. They could be outer Lindblad resonance rings, although some have no obvious bars or spirals to drive them. If these symmetric cases are resonance rings, then they could be the precursors of modern resonance rings, which are only ~30% larger on average. This similarity in radius suggests that the driving pattern speed has not slowed by more by ~30% during the last ~7 Gyr. Those without bars could be examples of dissolved bars.

  1. A Bound Violation on the Galaxy Group Scale: The Turn-around Radius of NGC 5353/4

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    Lee, Jounghun; Kim, Suk; Rey, Soo-Chang

    2015-12-01

    The first observational evidence for the violation of the maximum turn-around radius on the galaxy group scale is presented. The NGC 5353/4 group is chosen as an ideal target for our investigation of the bound-violation because of its proximity, low-density environment, optimal mass scale, and the existence of a nearby thin straight filament. Using the observational data on the line-of-sight velocities and three-dimensional distances of the filament galaxies located in the bound zone of the NGC 5353/4 group, we construct their radial velocity profile as a function of separation distance from the group center and then compare it to the analytic formula obtained empirically by Falco et al. to find the best-fit value of an adjustable parameter with the help of the maximum likelihood method. The turn-around radius of NGC 5353/4 is determined to be the separation distance where the adjusted analytic formula for the radial velocity profile yields zero. The estimated turn-around radius of NGC 5353/4 turned out to substantially exceed the upper limit predicted by the spherical model based on the ΛCDM cosmology. Even when the restrictive condition of spherical symmetry is released, the estimated value is found to be only marginally consistent with the ΛCDM expectation.

  2. NUSTAR Unveils a Heavily Obscured Low-luminosity Active Galactic Nucleus in the Luminous Infrared Galaxy NGC 6286

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    Ricci, C.; Bauer, F. E.; Treister, E.; Romero-Cañizales, C.; Arevalo, P.; Iwasawa, K.; Privon, G. C.; Sanders, D. B.; Schawinski, K.; Stern, D.; Imanishi, M.

    2016-03-01

    We report the detection of a heavily obscured active galactic nucleus (AGN) in the luminous infrared galaxy (LIRG) NGC 6286 identified in a 17.5 ks Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array observation. The source is in an early merging stage and was targeted as part of our ongoing NuSTAR campaign observing local luminous and ultra-luminous infrared galaxies in different merger stages. NGC 6286 is clearly detected above 10 keV and by including the quasi-simultaneous Swift/XRT and archival XMM-Newton and Chandra data, we find that the source is heavily obscured (NH ≃(0.95-1.32) × 1024 cm-2) with a column density consistent with being Compton-thick (CT, {log}({N}{{H}}/{{cm}}-2)≥slant 24). The AGN in NGC 6286 has a low absorption-corrected luminosity (L2-10 keV ˜ 3-20 × 1041 erg s-1) and contributes ≲1% to the energetics of the system. Because of its low luminosity, previous observations carried out in the soft X-ray band (<10 keV) and in the infrared did not notice the presence of a buried AGN. NGC 6286 has multiwavelength characteristics typical of objects with the same infrared luminosity and in the same merger stage, which might imply that there is a significant population of obscured low-luminosity AGNs in LIRGs that can only be detected by sensitive hard X-ray observations.

  3. Dark filaments in the galaxy NGC 253: A boiling galactic disk

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    Sofue, Yoshiaki; Wakamatsu, Ken-Ichi; Malin, David F.

    1994-12-01

    We study the morphology of dark lanes and filaments in the dust-rich galaxy NGC 253 using an unsharp-masked B-band optical photograph. Dust features are classified as 'arcs,' which have heights and scale radius of about 100 to 300 pc, connecting two or more dark clouds, and 'loops' and 'bubbles,' which are developed forms of arcs, expanding into the disk-halo interface. These have diameters of a few hundred pc to approximately 1 kpc. Among the bubbles, we notice a peculiar round-shaped bubble above the nucleus, which could be a large-diameter (approximately 300 pc) supernova remnant exploded in the halo over the nucleus. We also find 'vertical dust streamers,' which comprise bunches of narrow filaments with a thickness of a few tens of pc and are almost perpendicular to the galactic plane, extending coherently for 1 to 2 kpc toward the halo. Finally, we note 'short vertical dust filaments' (or spicules) are found in the central region. We interpret these features as due to three-dimensional structures of gas extending from the disk into the halo. We propose a 'boiling disk' model where the filamentary features are produced by star-forming activity in the disk as well as the influence of magnetic fluxes. We discuss the implication of the model for the chemical evolution of the interstellar medium (ISM) in a galaxy disk.

  4. Kinematics of ionized gas in the barred Seyfert galaxy NGC 4151

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    Asif, M. W.; Mundell, C. G.; Pedlar, A.

    2005-05-01

    We have determined the structure and kinematics of ionized gas in the weak oval bar of the archetypal Seyfert 1 galaxy, NGC 4151, using the TAURUS Fabry-Perot interferometer to simultaneously map the distribution and kinematics of Hβ emission. We also present broad-band ultraviolet imaging of the host galaxy, obtained with XMM-Newton, which shows the detailed distribution of star formation in the bar and in the optically faint outer spiral arms. We compare the distribution and kinematics of ionized gas with that previously determined in neutral hydrogen by Mundell & Shone; we suggest that the distribution of bright, patchy ultraviolet emission close to the HI shocks is consistent with ionization by star clusters that have formed in compressed pre-shock gas. These clusters then travel ballistically through the gaseous shock to ionize gas downstream along the leading edge of the bar. In addition, we detect, for the first time, ionized gas within the shock itself, which is streaming to smaller radii in the same manner as the neutral gas.

  5. ROSAT detection of diffuse hot gas in the edge-on galaxy NGC 4631

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    Wang, Q. David; Walterbos, Rene A. M.; Steakley, Michael F.; Norman, Colin A.; Braun, Robert

    1994-01-01

    ROSAT observation is presented of the edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 4631, a nearby Sc/SBd galaxy best known for its extended radio halo. Because of the low foreground Galactic X-ray-absorbing gas column density, N(sub H) approximately 1.4 x 10(exp 20)cm(exp -2), this observation is sensitive to gas of temperature greater than or equal to a few times 10(exp 5) K. A soft (approximately 0.25 keV) X-ray radiation out to more than 8 kpc above the midplane of the galaxy was detected. The strongest X-ray emission in the halo is above the central disk, a region of about 3 kpc radius which shows high star formation activity. The X-ray emission in the halo is bordered by two extended filaments of radio continuum emission. Diffuse X-ray emission from hot gas in the galaxy's disk was found. The spectrum of the radiation can be characterized by a thermal plasma with a temperature of 3 x 10(exp 6) K and a radiative cooling rate of approximately 8 x 10(exp 39) ergs s(exp -1). This rate is only a few percent of the estimated supernova energy release in the interstellar medium of the galaxy. Analysis of the X-ray spectrum shows evidence for the presence of a cooler (several times 10(exp 5) K) halo gas component that could consume a much larger fraction of the supernova energy. Strong evidence was found for disk/halo interaction. Hot gas apparently blows out from supershells in the galaxy's disk at a rate of approximately 1 solar mass yr(exp -1). This outflow of hot gas drags magnetic field lines up in the halo and forms a magnetized gaseous halo. If the magnetic field lines are still anchored to the disk gas at large disk radii, the outflowing gas may be confined high above the disk by magnetic pressure. A strong X-ray source which coincides spatially with an H I supershell has been identified. However, the source is likely an extremely luminous X-ray binary with L(sub chi)(0.1 - 2 keV) approximately 5 x 10(exp 39) ergs s(exp -1), which makes it a stellar mass black hole candidate.

  6. The morphology of and locations of star formation in impact induced ring galaxies

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    Lamb, Susan A.; Gerber, Richard A.; Balsara, Dinshaw S.

    1993-01-01

    Observed ring galaxies appear to fall into two major types. The first tends to consist of isolated galaxies which display a smooth, apparently circular ring and a central nucleus. These have been variously classified as R(S) by de Vaucouleurs (1959) and as type O by Few and Madore (1986). The second class of ring galaxy nearly always has a close companion of comparable size (no less than about one tenth that of the ring galaxy). In these objects the ring is knotty in appearance, is usually elliptical, even when deprojected on the sky, and is often open on one side, having a 'horse shoe' or 'banana' shape. The nucleus does not usually appear at the center of the ring and is sometimes apparently absent, giving rise to an 'empty ring' galaxy. deVaucouleurs et al. (1976) designated this second type as RING, while Few and Madore (1986) have classified similar galaxies as P type. These galaxies have elevated far IR emission, bright HII regions, and blue spectral colors. The different environments of the two types or ring galaxy, together with their overall morphological and spectral differences suggest that the R(S)/O type are most probably the result of an instability that occurs in isolated galaxies, whereas the RING/P type appears to be the result of a recent collision between two roughly equal mass objects, at least one of which is a disk galaxy. Theys and Spiegel (1976) studied a sample of this latter type and identified three subclasses: RE: galaxies with crisp, empty rings; RN: galaxies like those of RE but with off-center nuclei; RK: galaxies having single dominant knots or condensations in the rings. A presentation of a preliminary understanding of the connections between these different observed forms in terms of parameters which are intrinsic to the galaxy system, such as time since collision and impact parameter, and in terms of our line of sight view is the purpose of this paper. Here we report results we have obtained from three dimensional computer

  7. Models of the Cartwheel ring galaxy: Spokes and starbursts

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    Struck-Marcell, Curtis

    1993-01-01

    Recent observations of this famous ring galaxy, including optical and near-infrared CCD surface photometry, and VLA radio continuum and 21 cm line mapping (Higdon 1992b, in prep.), have inspired a renewed modeling effort. Toomre's (1978, in The Large-scale Structure of the Universe, eds. Longair and Einasto) series of restricted three-body simulations demonstrated how the multiple rings could be produced in a nearly head-on galaxy collision. New models with a halo-dominated potential based on the 21 cm rotation curve are able to reproduce such details as the spacing between rings, ring widths, offset of the nucleus, and several kinematical features, thus providing strong support for the collisional theory. The new observations have shown there are little or no old stars in Cartwheel; it may consist almost entirely of gas and stars produced as a result of compression in the ring wave. To model this process Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) simulations of the Cartwheel disk have been performed. Fixed gravitational potentials were used to represent the Cartwheel and a roughly 30 percent mass collision partner. The interaction dynamics was treated as in the usual restricted three-body approximation, and the effects of local self-gravity between disk particles were calculated. We are particularly interested in testing the theory that enhanced star formation in waves is the result of gravitational instability in the compressed region (see e.g. Kennicutt 1989, ApJ 344, 685). The gas surface density in a number of simulations was initialized to a value slightly below the threshold for local gravitational instability throughout most of the disk. The first ring wave produces relatively modest compressions (a factor of order a few), triggering instability in a narrow range of wavelengths. Self-gravity in the disk is calculated over a comparable range of scales. Simulations were run with isothermal, adiabatic, and adiabatic with radiative cooling characterized by a

  8. The interstellar disk-halo connection in the spiral galaxy NGC 3079

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    Veilleux, Sylvain; Cecil, Gerald; Bland-Hawthorne, J.

    1995-01-01

    We discuss the morphology and excitation of ionized gas in the nearby Sc galaxy NGC 3079. The almost edge-on orientation is ideal for studying the vertical structure of the gaseous disk, and especially the diffuse ionized medium (DIM) found between the bright H II regions. We used the Hawaii Imaging Fabry-Perot Interferometer (HIFI) to map 150,000 H-alpha + (N II) lambda lambda 6548, 6583 emission-line profiles across the entire disk, with resolution 70 km/s at subarcsecond steps, down to a flux level of approximately 10(exp -17) ergs/s/sq cm (EM approximately equal to 4 cm(exp -6) pc). The DIM contributes approximately 30% of the total disk H-alpha emission within a radius of 10 kpc. The DIM has broader emission lines and larger (N II) H-alpha flux ratios than the adjacent H II regions. Within a radius of 5 kpc, we find that the X-shaped filaments reported in previous studies emerge from the inner (R approximately equal to 1.5 kpc) disk, and rise more than 4 kpc above the disk plane. The morphology, kinematics, and excitation of the filaments suggest that they form a biconic interface between the undisturbed disk gas, and gas entrained in the wide-angle outflow. The DIM beyond 5 kpc radius is more vertically extended than the thick ionized disk detected in our Galaxy and in a few nearby edge-on systems. After correcting for dust, the vertical profile of this DIM has an exponential scale height of about 1.1 kpc, similar to that of the H I disk. The (N II) lambda 6538/H-alpha flux ratio of the DIM increases monotonically with vertical height, reaching unity for absolute value of z greater than or approximately equal to 2.5 kpc. The flux required to keep the DIM ionized at R = 8 kpc is similar to that near the solar circle of our Galaxy. Highly dilute radiation from O stars in the galactic plane probably maintains the DIM. The total mass of the DIM is of order 10(exp 8) - 10(exp 9) solar mass, representing less than 1% of the total dynamical mass of NGC 3079

  9. Chemical Abundance Gradients in the Star-forming Ring Galaxies

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    Korchagin, Vladimir; Vorobyov, Eduard; Mayya, Y. D.

    1999-09-01

    Ring waves of star formation, propagating outward in the galactic disks, leave chemical abundance gradients in their wakes. We show that the relative [Fe/O] abundance gradients in ring galaxies can be used as a tool for determining the role of the SN Ia explosions in their chemical enrichment. We consider two mechanisms--a self-induced wave and a density wave--that can create outwardly propagating star-forming rings in a purely gaseous disk and demonstrate that the radial distribution of the relative [Fe/O] abundance gradients depends neither on the particular mechanism of the wave formation anor on the parameters of the star-forming process. We show that the [Fe/O] profile is determined by the velocity of the wave, the initial mass function, and the initial chemical composition of the star-forming gas. If the role of SN Ia explosions is negligible in the chemical enrichment, the ratio [Fe/O] remains constant throughout the galactic disk with a steep gradient at the wave front. If SN Ia stars are important in the production of cosmic iron, the [Fe/O] ratio has a gradient in the wake of the star-forming wave with the value depending on the frequency of SN Ia explosions.

  10. Effects of environmental gas compression on the multiphase ISM and star formation . The Virgo spiral galaxies NGC 4501 and NGC 4567/68

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    Nehlig, F.; Vollmer, B.; Braine, J.

    2016-03-01

    The cluster environment can affect galaxy evolution in different ways: via ram pressure stripping or by gravitational perturbations caused by galactic encounters. Both kinds of interactions can lead to the compression of the interstellar medium (ISM) and its associated magnetic fields, causing an increase in the gas surface density and the appearance of asymmetric ridges of polarized radio continuum emission. New IRAM 30m HERA CO(2-1) data of NGC 4501, a Virgo spiral galaxy currently experiencing ram pressure stripping, and NGC 4567/68, an interacting pair of galaxies in the Virgo cluster, are presented. We find an increase in the molecular fraction where the ISM is compressed. The gas is close to self-gravitation in compressed regions. This leads to an increase in gas pressure and a decrease in the ratio between the molecular fraction and total ISM pressure. The overall Kennicutt Schmidt relation based on a pixel-by-pixel analysis at ~1.5 kpc resolution is not significantly modified by compression. However, we detected continuous regions of low molecular star formation efficiencies in the compressed parts of the galactic gas disks. The data suggest that a relation between the molecular star formation efficiency SFEH2 = SFR/M(H2) and gas self-gravitation (Rmol/Ptot and Toomre Q parameter) exists. Both systems show spatial variations in the star formation efficiency with respect to the molecular gas that can be related to environmental compression of the ISM. An analytical model was used to investigate the dependence of SFEH2 on self-gravitation. The model correctly reproduces the correlations between Rmol/Ptot, SFEH2, and Q if different global turbulent velocity dispersions are assumed for the three galaxies. We found that variations in the NH2/ICO conversion factor can mask most of the correlation between SFEH2 and the Toomre Q parameter. Dynamical simulations were used to compare the effects of ram pressure and tidal ISM compression. These models give direct

  11. SUBMILLIMETER LINE SPECTRUM OF THE SEYFERT GALAXY NGC 1068 FROM THE HERSCHEL-SPIRE FOURIER TRANSFORM SPECTROMETER

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    Spinoglio, Luigi; Pereira-Santaella, Miguel; Busquet, Gemma; Schirm, Maximilien R. P.; Wilson, Christine D.; Parkin, Tara J.; Glenn, Jason; Kamenetzky, Julia; Rangwala, Naseem; Maloney, Philip R.; Bendo, George J.; Madden, Suzanne C.; Boselli, Alessandro; Cooray, Asantha; Page, Mathew J.

    2012-10-20

    The first complete submillimeter spectrum (190-670 {mu}m) of the Seyfert 2 galaxy NGC 1068 has been observed with the SPIRE Fourier transform spectrometer on board the Herschel Space Observatory. The sequence of CO lines (J {sub up} = 4-13), lines from H{sub 2}O, the fundamental rotational transition of hydrogen fluoride, two o-H{sub 2}O{sup +} lines, and one line each from CH{sup +} and OH{sup +} have been detected, together with the two [C I] lines and the [N II] 205 {mu}m line. The observations in both single pointing mode with sparse image sampling and in mapping mode with full image sampling allow us to disentangle two molecular emission components, one due to the compact circumnuclear disk (CND) and one from the extended region encompassing the star-forming ring (SF-ring). Radiative transfer models show that the two CO components are characterized by densities of n(H{sub 2}) = 10{sup 4.5} and 10{sup 2.9} cm{sup -3} and temperatures of T {sub kin} = 100 K and 127 K, respectively. A comparison of the CO line intensities with the photodissociation region (PDR) and X-ray-dominated region (XDR) models, together with the other observational constraints, such as the observed CO surface brightness and the radiation field, indicates that the best explanation for the CO excitation of the CND is an XDR with a density of n(H{sub 2}) {approx} 10{sup 4} cm{sup -3} and an X-ray flux of 9 erg s{sup -1} cm{sup -2}, consistent with illumination by the active galactic nucleus, while the CO lines in the SF-ring are better modeled by a PDR. The detected water transitions, together with those observed with the Herschel PACS spectrometer, can be modeled by a large velocity gradient model with low temperature (T {sub kin} {approx} 40 K) and high density (n(H{sub 2}) in the range 10{sup 6.7}-10{sup 7.9} cm{sup -3}). The emission of H{sub 2}O{sup +} and OH{sup +} are in agreement with PDR models with cosmic-ray ionization. The diffuse ionized atomic component observed through the [N

  12. Triggering and Feedback: The Relation between the H I Gas and the Starburst in the Dwarf Galaxy NGC 1569

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    Mühle, S.; Klein, U.; Wilcots, E. M.; Hüttemeister, S.

    2005-08-01

    As part of our study on the impact of violent star formation on the interstellar medium (ISM) of dwarf galaxies, we report observations of neutral atomic hydrogen (H I) in the starburst dwarf galaxy NGC 1569. High-resolution measurements with the Very Large Array (B, C, and D configuration) are aimed at identifying morphological and kinematical signatures in H I caused by the starburst. Our kinematical data suggest a huge hole in the H I distribution, probably due to the large number of supernovae explosions in the center of the galaxy over the past 20 Myr. Investigating the large-scale H I structure, we confirm the existence of a possible H I companion and a so-called H I bridge east of NGC 1569. Furthermore, we report the detection of additional low-intensity H I halo emission, which leads us to suggest a revised halo structure. On the basis of our new picture, we discuss the origin of the halo gas and possible implications for the evolution of the starburst in NGC 1569.

  13. Spectacular tails of ionized gas in the Virgo cluster galaxy NGC 4569

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    Boselli, A.; Cuillandre, J. C.; Fossati, M.; Boissier, S.; Bomans, D.; Consolandi, G.; Anselmi, G.; Cortese, L.; Côté, P.; Durrell, P.; Ferrarese, L.; Fumagalli, M.; Gavazzi, G.; Gwyn, S.; Hensler, G.; Sun, M.; Toloba, E.

    2016-03-01

    Context. Using MegaCam at the CFHT, we obtained a deep narrow band Hα+[NII] wide-field image of NGC 4569 (M90), the brightest late-type galaxy in the Virgo cluster. The image reveals the presence of long tails of diffuse ionized gas, without any associated stellar component extending from the disc of the galaxy up to ≃80 kpc (projected distance) and with a typical surface brightness of a few 10-18 erg s-1 cm-2 arcsec-2. These features provide direct evidence that NGC 4569 is undergoing a ram-presure stripping event. The image also shows a prominent 8 kpc spur of ionized gas that is associated with the nucleus that spectroscopic data identify as an outflow. With some assumptions on the 3D distribution of the gas, we use the Hα surface brightness of these extended low-surface brightness features to derive the density and the mass of the gas that has been stripped during the interaction of the galaxy with the intracluster medium. The comparison with ad hoc chemo-spectrophotometric models of galaxy evolution indicates that the mass of the Hα emitting gas in the tail is a large fraction of that of the cold phase that has been stripped from the disc, suggesting that the gas is ionized within the tail during the stripping process. The lack of star-forming regions suggests that mechanisms other than photoionization are responsible for the excitation of the gas (shocks, heat conduction, magneto hydrodynamic waves). This analysis indicates that ram pressure stripping is efficient in massive (Mstar ≃ 1010.5 M⊙) galaxies located in intermediate-mass (≃1014 M⊙) clusters under formation. It also shows that the mass of gas expelled by the nuclear outflow is only ~1% than that removed during the ram pressure stripping event.Together these results indicate that ram pressure stripping, rather than starvation through nuclear feedback, can be the dominant mechanism that is responsible for the quenching of the star formation activity of galaxies in high density

  14. Gas inflows towards the nucleus of the active galaxy NGC 7213

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    Schnorr-Müller, Allan; Storchi-Bergmann, Thaisa; Nagar, Neil M.; Ferrari, Fabricio

    2014-03-01

    We present two-dimensional stellar and gaseous kinematics of the inner 0.8 × 1.1 kpc2 of the LINER/Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 7213, from optical spectra obtained with the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph integral field spectrograph on the Gemini South telescope at a spatial resolution of ≈ 60 pc. The stellar kinematics shows an average velocity dispersion of 177 km s-1, circular rotation with a projected velocity amplitude of 50 km s-1 and a kinematic major axis at a position angle of ≈-4° (west of north). From the average velocity dispersion we estimate a black hole mass of MBH = 8 _{-6}^{+16}×107 M⊙. The gas kinematics is dominated by non-circular motions, mainly along two spiral arms extending from the nucleus out to ≈4 arcsec (280 pc) to the NW and SE, that are cospatial with a nuclear dusty spiral seen in a structure map of the nuclear region of the galaxy. The projected gas velocities along the spiral arms show blueshifts in the far side and redshifts in the near side, with values of up to 200 km s-1. This kinematics can be interpreted as gas inflows towards the nucleus along the spiral arms if the gas is in the plane of the galaxy. We estimate the mass inflow rate using two different methods. The first is based of the observed velocities and geometry of the flow, and gives a mass inflow rate in the ionized gas of ≈7 × 10-2 M⊙ yr-1. In the second method, we calculate the net ionized gas mass flow rate through concentric circles of decreasing radii around the nucleus resulting in mass inflow rates ranging from ≈0.4 M⊙ yr-1 at 300 pc down to ≈0.2 M⊙ yr-1 at 100 pc from the nucleus. These rates are larger than necessary to power the active nucleus.

  15. Circumnuclear Star Clusters in the Galaxy Merger NGC 6240, Observed with Keck Adaptive Optics and HST

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    Pollack, L K; Max, C E; Schneider, G

    2007-02-12

    We discuss images of the central {approx} 10 kpc (in projection) of the galaxy merger NGC 6240 at H and K{prime} bands, taken with the NIRC2 narrow camera on Keck II using natural guide star adaptive optics. We detect 28 star clusters in the NIRC2 images, of which only 7 can be seen in the similar-spatial-resolution, archival WFPC2 Planetary Camera data at either B or I bands. Combining the NIRC2 narrow camera pointings with wider NICMOS NIC2 images taken with the F110W, F160W, and F222M filters, we identify a total of 32 clusters that are detected in at least one of these 5 infrared ({lambda}{sub c} > 1 {micro}m) bandpasses. By comparing to instantaneous burst, stellar population synthesis models (Bruzual & Charlot 2003), we estimate that most of the clusters are consistent with being {approx} 15 Myr old and have photometric masses ranging from 7 x 10{sup 5} M{sub {circle_dot}} to 4 x 10{sup 7}M{sub {circle_dot}}. The total contribution to the star formation rate (SFR) from these clusters is approximately 10M{sub {circle_dot}} yr{sup -1}, or {approx} 10% of the total SFR in the nuclear region. We use these newly discovered clusters to estimate the extinction toward NGC 6240's double nuclei, and find values of A{sub v} as high as 14 magnitudes along some sightlines, with an average extinction of A{sub v} {approx} 7 mag toward sightlines within {approx} 3-inches of the double nuclei.

  16. The massive dark halo of the compact early-type galaxy NGC 1281

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    Yıldırım, Akın; van den Bosch, Remco C. E.; van de Ven, Glenn; Dutton, Aaron; Läsker, Ronald; Husemann, Bernd; Walsh, Jonelle L.; Gebhardt, Karl; Gültekin, Kayhan; Martín-Navarro, Ignacio

    2016-02-01

    We investigate the compact, early-type galaxy NGC 1281 with integral field unit observations to map the stellar line-of-sight velocity distribution (LOSVD) out to five effective radii and construct orbit-based dynamical models to constrain its dark and luminous matter content. Under the assumption of mass-follows-light, the H-band stellar mass-to-light ratio (M/L) is Υ⋆ = 2.7 ± 0.1 Υ⊙, and higher than expected from our stellar population synthesis fits with either a canonical Kroupa (Υ⋆ = 1.3 Υ⊙) or Salpeter (Υ⋆ = 1.7 Υ⊙) stellar initial mass function. Such models also cannot reproduce the details of the LOSVD. Models with a dark halo recover the kinematics well and indicate that NGC 1281 is dark matter dominated, making up ˜ 90 per cent of the total enclosed mass within the kinematic bounds. Parametrized as a spherical NFW profile, the dark halo mass is 11.5 ≤ log(MDM/M⊙) ≤ 11.8 and the stellar M/L is 0.6 ≤ Υ⋆/Υ⊙ ≤ 1.1. However, this M/L is lower than predicted by its old stellar population. Moreover, the halo mass within the kinematic extent is 10 times larger than expected based on Λ-cold-dark-matter predictions, and an extrapolation yields cluster-sized dark halo masses. Adopting Υ⋆ = 1.7 Υ⊙ yields more moderate dark halo virial masses, but these models fit the kinematics worse. A non-NFW model might solve the discrepancy between the unphysical consequences of the best-fitting dynamical models and models based on more reasonable assumptions for the dark halo and stellar M/L, which are disfavoured according to our parameter estimation.

  17. The radio emission from the ultraluminous far-infrared galaxy NGC 6240

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    Colbert, Edward J. M.; Wilson, Andrew S.; Bland-Hawthorn, Jonathan

    1994-01-01

    We present new radio observations of the 'prototypical' ultraluminous far-infrared galaxy NGC 6240, obtained using the Very Large Array (VLA) at lambda = 20 cm in B-configuration and at lambda = 3.6 cm in A-configuration. These data, along with those from four previous VLA observations, are used to perform a comprehensive study of the radio emission from NGC 6240. Approximately 70% (approximately 3 x 10(exp 23) W/Hz) of the total radio power at 20 cm originates from the nuclear region (approximately less than 1.5 kpc), of which half is emitted by two unresolved (R approximately less than 36 pc) cores and half by a diffuse component. The radio spectrum of the nuclear emission is relatively flat (alpha approximately equals 0.6; S(sub nu) proportional to nu(exp -alpha). The supernova rate required to power the diffuse component is consistent with that predicted by the stellar evolution models of Rieke et al. (1985). If the radio emission from the two compact cores is powered by supernova remnants, then either the remnants overlap and form hot bubbles in the cores, or they are very young (approximately less than 100 yr.) Nearly all of the remaining 30% of the total radio power comes from an 'armlike' region extending westward from the nuclear region. The western arm emission has a steep spectrum (alpha approximately equals 1.0), suggestive of aging effects from synchrotron or inverse-Compton losses, and is not correlated with starlight; we suggest that it is synchrotron emission from a shell of material driven by a galactic superwind. Inverse Compton scattering of far-infrared photons in the radio sources is expected to produce an X-ray flux of approximately 2 - 6 x 10(exp -14) ergs/s/sq cm in the 2 - 10 keV band. No significant radio emission is detected from or near the possible ultramassive 'dark core'.

  18. Chandra Observations of Diffuse Gas and Luminous X-Ray Sources around the X-Ray-bright Elliptical Galaxy NGC 1600

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    Sivakoff, Gregory R.; Sarazin, Craig L.; Carlin, Jeffrey L.

    2004-12-01

    We observed the X-ray-bright E3 galaxy NGC 1600 and nearby members of the NGC 1600 group with the Chandra X-Ray Observatory ACIS-S3 to study their X-ray properties. Unresolved emission dominates the observation; however, we resolved some of the emission into 71 sources, most of which are low-mass X-ray binaries associated with NGC 1600. Twenty-one of the sources have LX>2×1039 ergs s-1 (0.3-10.0 keV; assuming they are at the distance of NGC 1600), marking them as ultraluminous X-ray point source (ULX) candidates; we expect that only 11+/-2 are unrelated foreground/background sources. NGC 1600 may have the largest number of ULX candidates in an early-type galaxy to date; however, cosmic variance in the number of background active galactic nuclei cannot be ruled out. The spectrum and luminosity function (LF) of the resolved sources are more consistent with sources found in other early-type galaxies than with sources found in star-forming regions of galaxies. The source LF and the spectrum of the unresolved emission both indicate that there are a large number of unresolved point sources. We propose that these sources are associated with globular clusters (GCs) and that NGC 1600 has a large GC specific frequency. Observations of the GC population in NGC 1600 would be very useful for testing this prediction. Approximately 50%-75% of the unresolved flux comes from diffuse gaseous emission. The spectral fits, hardness ratios, and X-ray surface brightness profile all point to two gas components. We interpret the soft inner component (a<~25'', kT~0.85 keV) as the interstellar medium of NGC 1600 and the hotter outer component (a>~25'', kT~1.5 keV) as the intragroup medium of the NGC 1600 group. The X-ray image shows several interesting structures. First, there is a central region of excess emission that is roughly cospatial with Hα and dust filaments immediately west of the center of NGC 1600. There appear to be holes in the X-ray emission to the north and south of the

  19. Studying the Iron Line Complex in the Bright Seyfert Galaxy NGC 5506

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    Nicastro, Fabrizio; Atkins, Patricia M. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    This grant was to support the reduction and analysis of our approved XMM observation of the nearby Seyfert 2 galaxy NGC 5506. The observation has been carried out simultaneously with a BeppoSAX observation of the same source. The proposal was aimed to study in detail the Compton reflection component and the complex Iron K line of this source, combining the still unique capability of BeppoSAX in hard X-rays (to strongly constrain the reflection component, and then the intrinsic nuclear continuum), and the sensitivity of XMM at the energy of the Iron Line complex. NGC 5506 is one of the brightest AGN in hard X-rays and has been intensively studied in the past. GINGA detected the complex iron line as well as the reflection component. Both ASCA (spectroscopically) and Rossi-XTE (through variability analysis) suggested that the FeK line is complex, possibly made up of several distinct components. The centroid of the FeK complex in a subsequent BeppoSAX observation was bluer than the 6.4 keV energy of the relatively low-ionization iron Kalpha transition. NGC 5506 has been observed simultaneously by NewtonXMM and BeppoSAX on February 2-3 2001. we have reduced and analyzed both the NewtonXMM and the BeppoSAX data, and have written and published a paper on our results (appeared in Volume 377 (page 31) of A&A-Letters). Our main results can be summarized as follows: (a) we confirm that the FeK line is complex, and for the first time disentangle its components: we find that at least two components made up the FeK complex, one neutral and narrow, at 6.4 keV (rest energy), and another one either broader and highly ionized, at about 6.7 keV (rest frame), or, in turn, made up of two narrow and unresolved components from the He-like and the H-like ions of Fe; (b) the two possible solution for the high-ionization Fe-K component, are statistically indistinguishable. However, physically, a blend of two narrow lines from photoionized matter seems to be preferable to emission of a

  20. Formation of ring structures in galactic disks during close passages of galaxies

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    Tutukov, A. V.; Fedorova, A. V.

    2016-01-01

    The formation of ring structures in galactic disks is investigated. It is shown that, in addition to the known mechanism of forming rings in "head-on" collisions between galaxies, ring structures can be formed during close passages of galaxies if the perturbing galaxy moves in a plane close to the equatorial plane of the perturbed disk galaxy, opposite to the direction of rotation of the disk. Numerical simulations of the formation of structures in the disk of a massive galaxy undergoing a passage with another galaxy are considered. The results of these cmputations show the formation of pronounced ring structures in the galactic disk when the initial inclination of the trajectory of the perturbing galaxy to the equatorial plane of the perturbed galaxy is no more than ~25°. However, the probability of close passages of galaxies with these parameters is small, as is the probability of head-on collisions. The characteristic time scale for the existence of pronounced rings is of order the dynamical time scale at the edge of the galaxy, 200-300 million years, close to the corresponding time for head-on collisions. The evolution of the rings has the same character in both cases: they gradually expand and move toward the periphery of the galaxy. The results of these simulations can also be applied to a close passage of one star by another star with a protoplanetary disk. According to the computation results, the characteristic time scale for the existence of pronounced rings in such a protoplanetary disk depends mainly on the size of the disk; this time scale can reach several tens of thousands of years for a disk radius of about 1000 AU. The formation of ring structures in such a disk could influence the formation and evolution of planetesimals, and possibly the character of the formation of planets and the distribution of their orbital semi-major axes.

  1. HIGH-RESOLUTION H I DISTRIBUTIONS AND MULTI-WAVELENGTH ANALYSES OF MAGELLANIC SPIRALS NGC 4618 AND NGC 4625

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    Kaczmarek, Jane F.; Wilcots, Eric M. E-mail: ewilcots@astro.wisc.edu

    2012-08-15

    We present a detailed analysis of high-resolution H I observations of the Magellanic spiral galaxies NGC 4618 and NGC 4625. While the H I disk of NGC 4625 is remarkably quiescent with a nearly uniform velocity dispersion and no evidence of H I holes, there is a dynamic interplay between star formation and the distribution of neutral hydrogen in NGC 4618. We calculate the critical density for widespread star formation in each galaxy and find that star formation proceeds even where the surface density of the atomic gas is well below the critical density necessary for global star formation. There are strong spatial correlations in NGC 4618 between UV emission, 1.4 GHz radio continuum emission, and peaks in the H I column density. Despite the apparent overlap of the outer disks of the two galaxies, we find that they are kinematically distinct, indicating that NGC 4618 and NGC 4625 are not interacting. The structure of NGC 4618 and, in particular, the nature of its outer ring are highly suggestive of an interaction, but the timing and nature of such an interaction remain unclear.

  2. Constraints on the minor merging and star formation history of the Wolf-Rayet galaxy NGC 5430 through observations

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    Pan, Hsi-An; Kuno, Nario; Sorai, Kazuo; Umei, Michiko

    2015-12-01

    We used multi-wavelength analysis of the newly observed molecular gas [12CO and 13CO(1-0)] with interferometer CARMA and archival star formation tracers to constrain the interaction, merging, and star formation history of an off-center minor merger, a three-spiral barred galaxy NGC 5430 and its satellite embedded in the bar. Morphology of the molecular gas in the bar of NGC 5430 shows minimal signs of recent interactions with our resolution. The apparent morphological remnant of the past galaxy interaction is an asymmetric spiral arm, containing more molecular gas and exhibiting higher star formation rate (SFR) surface density than the two primary arms. Rotation curve analysis suggests that NGC 5430 collided with its satellite several Gyr ago. History of star formation was constrained by using SFRs that trace different timescales (infrared, radio continuum, and Hα). The collision occurred 5-10 Myr ago, triggering a transient off-center starburst of Wolf-Rayet stars at the eastern bar end. In the past, the global SFR during the Wolf-Rayet starburst peaked at 35 M⊙ yr-1. At present, the merger-driven starburst is rapidly decaying and the current global SFR has decreased to the Galactic value. The SFR will continue to decay as suggested by the present amount of dense gas [traced by HCN(1-0)]. Nonetheless, the global SFR is still dominated by the Wolf-Rayet region rather than the circumnuclear region. Compared with other barred galaxies, the circumnuclear region exhibits a particularly low dense gas fraction, low star formation activity, and high concentration of gas. Physical properties of the molecular gas are inferred by using the large velocity gradient calculations. The initial mass ratio of NGC 5430 to its satellite is suggested to be in an intermediate ratio range of 7:1-20:1.

  3. The SLUGGS survey: multipopulation dynamical modelling of the elliptical galaxy NGC 1407 from stars and globular clusters

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    Pota, Vincenzo; Romanowsky, Aaron J.; Brodie, Jean P.; Peñarrubia, Jorge; Forbes, Duncan A.; Napolitano, Nicola R.; Foster, Caroline; Walker, Matthew G.; Strader, Jay; Roediger, Joel C.

    2015-07-01

    We perform in-depth dynamical modelling of the luminous and dark matter (DM) content of the elliptical galaxy NGC 1407. Our strategy consists of solving the spherical Jeans equations for three independent dynamical tracers: stars, blue globular clusters (GCs) and red GCs in a self-consistent manner. We adopt a maximum-likelihood Markov Chain Monte Carlo fitting technique in the attempt to constrain the inner slope of the DM density profile (the cusp/core problem), and the stellar initial mass function (IMF) of the galaxy. We find the inner logarithmic slope of the DM density profiles to be γ = 0.6 ± 0.4, which is consistent with either a DM cusp (γ = 1) or with a DM core (γ = 0). Our findings are consistent with a Salpeter IMF, and marginally consistent with a Kroupa IMF. We infer tangential orbits for the blue GCs, and radial anisotropy for red GCs and stars. The modelling results are consistent with the virial mass-concentration relation predicted by Λ cold dark matter (CDM) simulations. The virial mass of NGC 1407 is log Mvir = 13.3 ± 0.2M⊙, whereas the stellar mass is log M* = 11.8 ± 0.1 M⊙. The overall uncertainties on the mass of NGC 1407 are only 5 per cent at the projected stellar effective radius. We attribute the disagreement between our results and previous X-ray results to the gas not being in hydrostatic equilibrium in the central regions of the galaxy. The halo of NGC 1407 is found be DM-dominated, with a dynamical mass-to-light ratio of M/L=260_{-100} ^{+174} M_{⊙}/L_{⊙, B}. However, this value can be larger up to a factor of 3 depending on the assumed prior on the DM scale radius.

  4. The HST Snapshot Survey of Nearby Dwarf Galaxy Candidates. II. Distance to the M81/NGC2403 Complex Via DSph Galaxies Imaged With WFPC2

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    Karachentsev, I. D.; Karachentseva, V. E.; Dolphin, A. E.; Geisler, D.; Grebel, E. K.; Guhathakurta, P.; Hodge, P. W.; Sarajedini, A.; Seitzer, P.; Sharina, M. E.

    1999-12-01

    The bright spiral galaxies M81 and NGC 2403 and their dwarf companions are two of the closest galaxy groups to our own Local Group. The Cepheid distance moduli of M81 and NGC 2403 are (27.80+/-0.20) and (27.51+/-0.24) mag (Freedman et al. 1994, Freedman & Madore 1988). We obtained Hubble Space Telescope WFPC2 images of the dwarf spheroidal galaxies K61, K63, K64, DDO 78, BK6N, kk077 in the M81 group and of DDO 44 in the NGC2403 group. The resulting CMDs show the red giant branch with tips in the range of I(TRGB)= [23.5 -- 24.0] mag. The derived true distance moduli of the six M81 dSphs range from 27.55 to 27.95 mag, consistent with their membership in this group. The TRGB distance modulus of DDO 44, (27.52+/-0.15) mag, confirms it as a companion of NGC 2403. Taking into account the TRGB distances derived for M82 (Sakai & Madore 1999), for the dSphs BK5N and F8D1 (Caldwell et al. 1998), and the BCD UGC6456 (Lynds et al. 1998), we obtain a mean distance modulus of (27.82 +/-0.06) mag for the M81 group. The standard deviation of the individual moduli is 0.17 mag. We find the difference of the TRGB distances to the two the groups to be (0.47+/-0.25) Mpc. {From} a projected separation of M81 and NGC 2403 of 0.83 Mpc follows a deprojected distance of 0.95 Mpc. With respect to the Local Group, M81 and NGC 2403 have radial velocities of 106 km/s and 216 km/s, while the velocities of the group centroids are 216 km/s and 275 km/s, respectively. The higher velocity of the closer group may indicate that the two groups are moving towards each other. IDK and EKG are supported by the Henri Chrétien International Research Grant administered by the American Astronomical Society.

  5. NGC 1266: Characterization of the Nuclear Molecular Gas in an Unusual SB0 Galaxy

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    Glenn, J.; Rangwala, N.; Maloney, P. R.; Kamenetzky, J. R.

    2015-02-01

    With a substantial nuclear molecular gas reservoir and broad, high-velocity CO molecular line wings previously interpreted as an outflow, NGC 1266 is a rare SB0 galaxy. Previous analyses of interferometry, spectrally resolved low-J CO emission lines, and unresolved high-J emission lines have established basic properties of the molecular gas and the likely presence of an active galactic nucleus. Here, new spectrally resolved CO J = 5-4 to J = 8-7 lines from Herschel Space Observatory HIFI observations are combined with ground-based observations and high-J Herschel SPIRE observations to decompose the nuclear and putative outflow velocity components and to model the molecular gas to quantify its properties. Details of the modeling and results are described, with comparisons to previous results and exploration of the implications for the gas excitation mechanisms. Among the findings, like for other galaxies, the nuclear and putative outflow molecular gas are well represented by components that are cool (T_nuclear {=} 6+10-2 K and T outflow ~ 30 K), comprising bulk of the mass (log M_nuclear/M⊙ {=} 8.3+0.5-0.4 and log M_outflow/M⊙ {=} 7.6+0.3-0.3), and the minority of the luminosity (log L_nuclear/L⊙ {=} 5.44+0.22-0.18 and log L outflow/L ⊙ ~ 6.5) and warm (T_nuclear {=} 74+130-26 K and T outflow > 100 K), comprising a minority of the mass (log M_nuclear/M⊙ {=} 7.3+0.5-0.5 and log M outflow/M ⊙ ~ 6.3) but the majority of the luminosity (log L_nuclear/L⊙ {=} 6.90+0.16-0.16 and log L outflow/L ⊙ ~ 7.2). The outflow has an anomalously high L CO/L FIR of 1.7 × 10-3 and is almost certainly shock excited.

  6. A state-of-the-art analysis of the dwarf irregular galaxy NGC 6822

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    Fusco, F.; Buonanno, R.; Hidalgo, S. L.; Aparicio, A.; Pietrinferni, A.; Bono, G.; Monelli, M.; Cassisi, S.

    2014-12-01

    We present a detailed photometric study of the dwarf irregular galaxy NGC 6822 aimed at investigating the properties of its stellar populations and, in particular, the presence of stellar radial gradients. Our goal is to analyse the stellar populations in six fields, which cover the whole bar of this dwarf galaxy. We derived the quantitative star formation history (SFH) of the six fields using the IAC method, involving IAC-pop/MinnIAC codes. The solutions we derived show an enhanced star formation rate (SFR) in Fields 1 and 3 during the past 500 Myr. The SFRs of the other fields are almost extinguished at very recent epochs and. We study the radial gradients of the SFR and consider the total mass converted into stars in two time intervals (between 0 and 0.5 Gyr ago and between 0.5 and 13.5 Gyr ago). We find that the scale lengths of the young and intermediate-to-old populations are perfectly compatible, with the exception of the young populations in Fields 1 and 3. The recent SF in these two fields is greater than in the other ones. This might be an indication that in these two fields we are sampling incipient spiral arms. Further evidence and new observations are required to prove this hypothesis. In addition, we derived the age-metallicity relations. As expected, the metallicity increases with time for all of the fields. We do not observe any radial gradient in the metallicity. Based on observations collected with the ACS on board the NASA/ESA HST.The photometric catalogue is only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (ftp://130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/572/A26

  7. Disk mass and disk heating in the spiral galaxy NGC 3223

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    Gentile, G.; Tydtgat, C.; Baes, M.; De Geyter, G.; Koleva, M.; Angus, G. W.; de Blok, W. J. G.; Saftly, W.; Viaene, S.

    2015-04-01

    We present the stellar and gaseous kinematics of an Sb galaxy, NGC 3223, with the aim of determining the vertical and radial stellar velocity dispersion as a function of radius, which can help to constrain disk heating theories. Together with the observed NIR photometry, the vertical velocity dispersion is also used to determine the stellar mass-to-light (M/L) ratio, typically one of the largest uncertainties when deriving the dark matter distribution from the observed rotation curve. We find a vertical-to-radial velocity dispersion ratio of σz/σR = 1.21 ± 0