2000A&A...355..885U


Query : 2000A&A...355..885U

2000A&A...355..885U - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 355, 885-890 (2000/3-3)

ISO-LWS spectroscopy of Centaurus A: extended star formation.

UNGER S.J., CLEGG P.E., STACEY G.J., COX P., FISCHER J., GREENHOUSE M., LORD S.D., LUHMAN M.L., SATYAPAL S., SMITH H.A., SPINOGLIO L. and WOLFIRE M.

Abstract (from CDS):

We present the first full FIR spectrum of Centaurus A (NGC 5128) from 43-196.7µm. The data was obtained with the ISO Long Wavelength Spectrometer (LWS). We conclude that the FIR emission in a 70" beam centred on the nucleus is dominated by star formation rather than AGN activity. The flux in the far-infrared lines is ∼1% of the total FIR: the Ciiline flux is ∼0.4% FIR and the Ciline is ∼0.2%, with the remainder arising from [OIII], [NII]and [NIII] lines. These are typical values for starburst galaxies. The ratio of the [NIII]/[NII] line intensities from the HII regions in the dust lane corresponds to an effective temperature, Teff∼35500K, implying that the tip of the main sequence is headed by O8.5 stars and that the starburst is ∼6x106 years old. This suggests that the galaxy underwent either a recent merger or a merger which triggered a series of bursts. The N/O abundance ratio is consistent with the range of ∼0.2-0.3 found for Galactic HII regions. We estimate that <5% of the observed Ciiarises in the cold neutral medium (CNM) and that ∼10% arises in the warm ionized medium (WIM). The main contributors to the Ciiemission are the PDRs, which are located throughout the dust lane and in regions beyond where the bulk of the molecular material lies. On scales of ∼1kpc the average physical properties of the PDRs are modelled with a gas density, n∼103cm–3, an incident far-UV field, G∼102 times the local Galactic field, and a gas temperature of ∼250K.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: individual: Centaurus A = NGC 5128 - infrared: galaxies - galaxies: ISM - galaxies: starburst - galaxies: active

Simbad objects: 3

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Number of rows : 3
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
RA
ICRS (J2000)
DEC
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2022
#notes
1 M 82 IG 09 55 52.430 +69 40 46.93 9.61 9.30 8.41     ~ 5583 6
2 NAME Centaurus A Sy2 13 25 27.6039817176 -43 01 09.493008456   8.18 6.84 6.66   ~ 4230 3
3 M 83 SBG 13 37 00.91920 -29 51 56.7400 8.85 8.11 7.52 7.21   ~ 2385 2

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