Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 529A, 45-45 (2011/5-1)
Molecular gas in NUclei of GAlaxies (NUGA). XV. Molecular gas kinematics in the inner 3kpc of NGC 6951.
VAN DER LAAN T.P.R., SCHINNERER E., BOONE F., GARCIA-BURILLO S., COMBES F., HAAN S., LEON S., HUNT L. and BAKER A.J.
Abstract (from CDS):
Within the NUclei of GAlaxies (NUGA) project we have obtained IRAM PdBI and 30m 12CO(1-0) and 12CO(2-1) observations of the spiral galaxy NGC6951. Previous work shows that there is indirect evidence of gas inflow from 3kpc down to small radii: a large-scale stellar bar, a prominent starburst ring (r≃580pc) and a LINER/Seyfert 2 nucleus. In this paper we study the gas kinematics as traced by the CO line emission in detail. We quantify the influence of the large-scale stellar bar by constructing an analytical model of the evolution of gas particles in a barred potential. From this model gravitational torques and mass accumulation rates are computed. We compare our model-based gravitational torque results with previous observationally-based ones. The model also shows that the large-scale stellar bar is indeed the dominant force for driving the gas inward, to the starburst ring. Inside the ring itself a nuclear stellar oval might play an important role. Detailed analysis of the CO gas kinematics there shows that emission arises from two co-spatial, but kinematically distinct components at several locations. The main emission component can always be related to the overall bar-driven gas kinematics. The second component exhibits velocities that are larger than expected for gas on stable orbits, has a molecular gas mass of 1.8x106M☉, is very likely connected to the nuclear stellar oval, and is consistent with inflowing motion towards the very center. This may form the last link in the chain of gas inflow towards the active galactic nucleus in NGC6951.
galaxies: individual: NGC 6951 - galaxies: nuclei - galaxies: ISM - galaxies: Seyfert
Paragraph 2.1 Calibator 0932+392 is a misprint for QSO B0923+392.
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