Query : 2000A&A...353..465M

2000A&A...353..465M - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 353, 465-472 (2000/1-2)

Adaptive optics images at 3.5 and 4.8µm of the core arcsec of NGC 1068: more evidence for a dusty/molecular torus.


Abstract (from CDS):

Adaptive optics observations of NGC 1068 have allowed us to reach with a 4m class telescope, diffraction-limited images at 3.5µm (FWHM=0.24'') and 4.8µm (FWHM=0.33'') of the central arcsec region. These observations reveal the presence of an unresolved core (radius less than 8pc at Half Maximum) and an 80pc sized ``disc-like'' structure at P.A.∼100°, which is interpreted as the dusty/molecular torus invoked in the AGN unification scheme. They show as well an extended emission region along the NNE-SSW direction, of 100pc full size, most probably associated with dust in the NLR. The position of the unresolved core at 3.5 and 4.8µm is found to be coincident with that of the core observed at 2.2µm and outlines the location of the central engine in the AGN of NGC 1068. Considering as well previous AO observations at 2.2µm we infer that there must exist a very steep gradient of the dust grain temperature, close to the central engine. At a distance of 30pc from the central heating source, the dust grain temperature deduced from the [L-M] color is found to be ∼500K. The mass of warm dust (Tgr>500K) in the 0.6'' diameter core is found to be ∼0.5M. The spectral energy distribution from 1 to 10µm is provided for the 0.6'' diameter core. These results are briefly discussed in the context of current torus models.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: individual: NGC 1068 - galaxies: Seyfert - galaxies: nuclei - infrared: galaxies - galaxies: active - instrumentation: adaptive optics

Simbad objects: 3

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Number of rows : 3
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2022
1 M 77 GiP 02 42 40.7091669408 -00 00 47.859690204 9.70 9.61 8.87 10.1 9.9 ~ 4323 2
2 [GBO96] S1 Rad 02 42 40.772 -00 00 47.73           ~ 53 0
3 NGC 7469 Sy1 23 03 15.674 +08 52 25.28 12.60 13.00 12.34     ~ 1989 3

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