Strict Limits on the Ionizing Luminosity in NGC 1068 from Jet-axis Molecular Clouds

Дата и время публикации : 1997-06-20T02:16:04Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
J. Bland-Hawthorn
S. L. Lumsden
G. M. Voit
G. N. Cecil
J. C. Weisheit

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Ссылка на журнал-издание: Astrophys.Space Sci.248:177-190,1997
Коментарии к статье: 13 pages; Latex; 7 encapsulated postscript figures. In the Proceedings of the NGC 1068 Workshop, Ap. & S.S., in press, eds. J.F. Gallimore and L.J. Tacconi. (See also the workshop web site at
Первичная категория: astro-ph

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Краткий обзор статьи: The radio jet axis of NGC 1068 is characterised by energetic activity from x-ray to radio wavelengths. Detailed kinematic and polarization studies have shown that this activity is confined to bipolar cones centered on the AGN which intersect the plane of the disk. Thus, molecular clouds at 1 kpc distance along this axis are an important probe of the nuclear ionizing luminosity and spectrum. Extended MIR emission coincident with the clouds is reasonably understood by dust heated to high temperatures by the nuclear radiation field. This model predicts that the nuclear spectrum is quasar-like (power law + blue excess) with a luminosity 2-5 times higher than inferred by Pier et al. Consequently, there is little or no polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) emission associated with the radio-axis molecular clouds. We review this model in the light of new observations. A multi-waveband collage is included to illustrate the possible orientations of the double cones to our line of sight and the galaxian plane.

Category: Physics