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Gemini NIFS survey of feeding and feedback in nearby active galaxies - V. Molecular and ionized gas kinematics

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Christopher HarrisonORCiD



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© 2021 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Royal Astronomical Society. We study the gas distribution and kinematics of the inner kpc of six moderately luminous (43.43 ≤ log Lbol ≤ 44.83) nearby (0.004 ≤ z ≤ 0.014) Seyfert galaxies observed with the Near-infrared Integral Field Spectrograph (NIFS) in the J (1.25,mum) and K (2.2,mum) bands. We analyse the most intense emission lines detected on these spectral wavebands: [Fe ii] 1.2570, mum and Paβ, which trace the ionized gas in the partially and fully ionized regions, and mathrm{ H}2 2.1218, mum, which traces the hot (∼2000 K) molecular gas. The dominant kinematic component is rotation in the disc of the galaxies, except for the ionized gas in NGC 5899 that shows only weak signatures of a disc component. We find ionized gas outflow in four galaxies, while signatures of H2 outflows are seen in three galaxies. The ionized gas outflows display velocities of a few hundred km s-1, and their mass outflow rates are in the range 0.005-12.49 Mpdbl yr-1. Their kinetic powers correspond to 0.005-0.7 per cent of the active galactic nuclei (AGN) bolometric luminosities. Besides rotation and outflows signatures in some cases, the H2 kinematics also reveals inflows in three galaxies. The inflow velocities are 50-80 km s-1 and the mass inflow rates are in the range 1-9 × 10-4 Mpdbl yr-1 for hot molecular gas. These inflows might be only the hot skin of the total inflowing gas, which is expected to be dominated by colder gas. The mass inflow rates are lower than the current accretion rates to the AGN, and the ionized outflows are apparently disturbing the gas in the inner kpc.

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Author(s): Bianchin M, Riffel RA, Storchi-Bergmann T, Riffel R, Ruschel-Dutra D, Harrison CM, Dahmer-Hahn LG, Mainieri V, Schonell AJ, Dametto NZ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Year: 2022

Volume: 510

Issue: 1

Pages: 639-657

Print publication date: 01/02/2022

Online publication date: 01/12/2021

Acceptance date: 26/11/2021

Date deposited: 01/07/2022

ISSN (print): 0035-8711

ISSN (electronic): 1365-2966

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stab3468


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