Astrophys. J., 835, 174-174 (2017/February-1)
Spatially resolved CO SLED of the luminous merger remnant NGC 1614 with ALMA.
SAITO T., IONO D., XU C.K., SLIWA K., UEDA J., ESPADA D., KANEKO H., KONIG S., NAKANISHI K., LEE M., YUN M.S., AALTO S., HIBBARD J.E., YAMASHITA T., MOTOHARA K. and KAWABE R.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present high-resolution (1.''0) Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) observations of CO (1-0) and CO (2-1) rotational transitions toward the nearby IR-luminous merger NGC 1614 supplemented with ALMA archival data of CO (3-2) and CO (6-5) transitions. The CO (6-5) emission arises from the starburst ring (central 590 pc in radius), while the lower-J CO lines are distributed over the outer disk (∼3.3 kpc in radius). Radiative transfer and photon-dominated region (PDR) modeling reveals that the starburst ring has a single warmer gas component with more a intense far-ultraviolet radiation field (nH2_∼104.6 cm–3, Tkin∼42 K, and G0∼102.7) relative to the outer disk (nH2_∼105.1 cm–3, Tkin∼22 K, and G0∼100.9). A two-phase molecular interstellar medium with a warm and cold (>70 and ∼19 K) component is also an applicable model for the starburst ring. A possible source for heating the warm gas component is mechanical heating due to stellar feedback rather than PDR. Furthermore, we find evidence for non-circular motions along the north-south optical bar in the lower-J CO images, suggesting a cold gas inflow. We suggest that star formation in the starburst ring is sustained by the bar-driven cold gas inflow and that starburst activities radiatively and mechanically power the CO excitation. The absence of a bright active galactic nucleus can be explained by a scenario where cold gas accumulating on the starburst ring is exhausted as the fuel for star formation or is launched as an outflow before being able to feed to the nucleus.
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galaxies: individual: (NGC 1614, Arp 186) - galaxies: interactions - galaxies: ISM - radiative transfer - submillimeter: galaxies - submillimeter: galaxies
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