Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 467, 2766-2786 (2017/May-3)
H I absorption in nearby compact radio galaxies.
GLOWACKI M., ALLISON J.R., SADLER E.M., MOSS V.A., CURRAN S.J., MUSAEVA A., DENG C., PARRY R. and SLIGO M.C.
Abstract (from CDS):
H I absorption studies yield information on both active galactic nucleus (AGN) feeding and feedback processes. This AGN activity interacts with the neutral gas in compact radio sources, which are believed to represent the young or recently re-triggered AGN population. We present the results of a survey for H I absorption in a sample of 66 compact radio sources at 0.040 < z < 0.096 with the Australia Telescope Compact Array. In total, we obtained seven detections, five of which are new, with a large range of peak optical depths (3-87 per cent). Of the detections, 71 per cent exhibit asymmetric, broad (ΔvFWHM > 100 km s–1) features, indicative of disturbed gas kinematics. Such broad, shallow and offset features are also found within low-excitation radio galaxies which is attributed to disturbed circumnuclear gas, consistent with early-type galaxies typically devoid of a gas-rich disc. Comparing mid-infrared colours of our galaxies with H I detections indicates that narrow and deep absorption features are preferentially found in late-type and high-excitation radio galaxies in our sample. These features are attributed to gas in galactic discs. By combining XMM-Newton archival data with 21-cm data, we find support that absorbed X-ray sources may be good tracers of H I content within the host galaxy. This sample extends previous H I surveys in compact radio galaxies to lower radio luminosities and provides a basis for future work exploring the higher redshift universe.
© 2017 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society
galaxies: active - galaxies: ISM - galaxies: nuclei - radio lines: galaxies - radio lines: galaxies
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