NGC 7097: the active galactic nucleus and its mirror, revealed by principal component analysis tomography.
RICCI T.V., STEINER J.E. and MENEZES R.B.
Abstract (from CDS):
Three-dimensional spectroscopy techniques are becoming more and more popular, producing an increasing number of large data cubes. The challenge of extracting information from these cubes requires the development of new techniques for data processing and analysis. We apply the recently developed technique of principal component analysis (PCA) tomography to a data cube from the center of the elliptical galaxy NGC 7097 and show that this technique is effective in decomposing the data into physically interpretable information. We find that the first five principal components of our data are associated with distinct physical characteristics. In particular, we detect a low-ionization nuclear-emitting region (LINER) with a weak broad component in the Balmer lines. Two images of the LINER are present in our data, one seen through a disk of gas and dust, and the other after scattering by free electrons and/or dust particles in the ionization cone. Furthermore, we extract the spectrum of the LINER, decontaminated from stellar and extended nebular emission, using only the technique of PCA tomography. We anticipate that the scattered image has polarized light due to its scattered nature.
galaxies: active - galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD - galaxies: individual: NGC 7097 - galaxies: kinematics and dynamics - galaxies: nuclei - techniques: spectroscopic