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2006ApJ...649..181S - Astrophys. J., 649, 181-200 (2006/September-3)

Molecular gas dynamics in NGC 6946: a bar-driven nuclear starburst ``Caught in the act''.


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We present high angular resolution (∼1" and 0".6) millimeter interferometric observations of the 12CO(1-0) and 12CO(2-1) line emission in the central 300 pc of the late-type spiral galaxy NGC 6946. The data, obtained with the IRAM Plateau de Bure Interferometer (PdBI), allow the first detection of a molecular gas spiral in the inner ∼10" (270 pc) with a large concentration of molecular gas (MH2∼1.6x107 M) within the inner 60 pc. This nuclear clump shows evidence for a ringlike geometry with a radius of ∼10 pc as inferred from the position-velocity diagrams. Both the distribution of the molecular gas and its kinematics can be well explained by the influence of an inner stellar bar of about 400 pc length. A qualitative model of the expected gas flow shows that streaming motions along the leading sides of this bar are a plausible explanation for the high nuclear gas density. Thus, NGC 6946 is a prime example of molecular gas kinematics being driven by a small-scale, secondary stellar bar.

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Journal keyword(s): Galaxies: Individual: NGC Number: NGC 6946 - Galaxies: ISM - Galaxies: Kinematics and Dynamics - Galaxies: Nuclei

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