Mapping far-IR emission from the central kiloparsec of NGC 1097



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Gil de Paz, Armando and otros, ... (2010) Mapping far-IR emission from the central kiloparsec of NGC 1097. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 518 . ISSN 0004-6361

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Using photometry of NGC 1097 from the Herschel PACS (Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer) instrument, we study the resolved properties of thermal dust continuum emission from a circumnuclear starburst ring with a radius ~900 pc. These observations are the first to resolve the structure of a circumnuclear ring at wavelengths that probe the peak (i.e. λ ~ 100 μm) of the dust spectral energy distribution. The ring dominates the far-infrared (far-IR) emission from the galaxy – the high angular resolution of PACS allows us to isolate the ring's contribution and we find it is responsible for 75, 60 and 55% of the total flux of NGC 1097 at 70, 100 and 160 μm, respectively. We compare the far-IR structure of the ring to what is seen at other wavelengths and identify a sequence of far-IR bright knots that correspond to those seen in radio and mid-IR images. The mid- and far-IR band ratios in the ring vary by less than ±20% azimuthally, indicating modest variation in the radiation field heating the dust on ~600 pc scales. We explore various explanations for the azimuthal uniformity in the far-IR colors of the ring including a lack of well-defined age gradients in the young stellar cluster population, a dominant contribution to the far-IR emission from dust heated by older (>10 Myr) stars and/or a quick smoothing of local enhancements in dust temperature due to the short orbital period of the ring. Finally, we improve previous limits on the far-IR flux from the inner ~600 pc of NGC 1097 by an order of magnitude, providing a better estimate of the total bolometric emission arising from the active galactic nucleus and its associated central starburst.

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© ESO, 2010. Artículo firmado por 42 autores. The authors thank R. Beck for the radio continuum data and P.-Y. Hsieh for the CO data. K. S. would like to thank G. van de Ven and L. Burtscher for useful discussions. PACS has been developed by a consortium of institutes led by MPE (Germany) and including UVIE (Austria); KU Leuven, CSL, IMEC (Belgium); CEA, LAM (France); MPIA (Germany); INAF- IFSI/OAA/OAP/OAT, LENS, SISSA (Italy); IAC (Spain). This development has been supported by the funding agencies BMVIT (Austria), ESA-PRODEX (Belgium), CEA/CNES (France), DLR (Germany), ASI/INAF (Italy), and CICYT/MCYT (Spain).

Uncontrolled Keywords:Spectral energy-distribution; Star-formation; Galaxy NGC-1097; Nuclear rings; Nearby galaxies; Spiral galaxies; Active nucleus; Starburst; Ultraviolet; Telescope
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
Sciences > Physics > Astronomy
ID Code:35598
Deposited On:10 Feb 2016 16:30
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 15:05

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