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Inquiring into the nature of the Abell 2667 brightest cluster galaxy: physical properties from MUSE



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Pérez González, Pablo Guillermo (2019) Inquiring into the nature of the Abell 2667 brightest cluster galaxy: physical properties from MUSE. Monthly noticies of the royal astronomical society, 487 (4). pp. 5593-5609. ISSN 0035-8711

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stz1631


Based on HST and MUSE data, we probe the stellar and gas properties (i.e. kinematics, stellar mass, star formation rate) of the radio-loud brightest cluster galaxy (BCG) located at the centre of the X-ray-luminous cool-core cluster Abell 2667 (z = 0.2343). The bi-dimensional modelling of the BCG surface brightness profile reveals the presence of a complex system of substructures extending all around the galaxy. Clumps of different size and shape plunged into a more diffuse component constitute these substructures, whose intense ‘blue’ optical colour hints at the presence of a young stellar population. Our results depict the BCG as a massive ((M 1.38 × 1011 M) dispersion-supported spheroid (v ≤ 150 km s−1, σ0 ∼ 216 km s−1) hosting an active supermassive black hole (MSMBH 3.8 × 109 M) whose optical features are typical of low-ionization nuclear emission line regions. Although the velocity pattern of the stars in the BCG is irregular, the stellar kinematics in the regions of the clumps show a positive velocity of ∼100 km s−1, similarly to the gas component. An analysis of the mechanism giving rise to the observed lines in the clumps through empirical diagnostic diagrams points out that the emission is composite, suggesting contribution from both star formation and an active galactic nucleus. We conclude our analysis describing how scenarios of both chaotic cold accretion and merging with a gas-rich disc galaxy can efficaciously explain the phenomena the BCG is undergoing.

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© 2019 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. Artículo firmado por 24 autores. We thank the anonymous referee for useful comments and a careful reading of the manuscript. This work is based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory under ESO programmes 094.A-0115(A) and on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and obtained from the Hubble Legacy Archive, which is a collaboration between the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI/NASA), the Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility (ST-ECF/ESA), and the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC/NRC/CSA). Giulia Rodighiero and Chiara Mancini acknowledge support from an INAF PRINSKA 2017 grant. Amata Mercurio acknowledges funding from the INAF PRIN-SKA 2017 programme Pablo G. Pérez-González acknowledges support from the Spanish Government grant AYA2015-63650-P. We warmly thank Stefano Ciroi and Bianca Maria Poggianti for helpful discussions.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Velocity dispersion profeles; Far-ultraviolet observations; Active galactic nuclei; X-ray spectroscopy; Star-formation; Cooling flows; Molecular-hydrogen; Optical-spectra; Rich clusters; Stellar mass
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
ID Code:57615
Deposited On:22 Nov 2019 11:29
Last Modified:22 Nov 2019 12:34

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