2010A&A...521L...1W


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2010A&A...521L...1W - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 521, L1-1 (2010/10-1)

HIFI spectroscopy of low-level water transitions in M 82.

WEISS A., REQUENA-TORRES M.A., GUESTEN R., GARCIA-BURILLO S., HARRIS A.I., ISRAEL F.P., KLEIN T., KRAMER C., LORD S., MARTIN-PINTADO J., ROELLIG M., STUTZKI J., SZCZERBA R., VAN DER WERF P.P., PHILIPP-MAY S., YORKE H., AKYILMAZ M., GAL C., HIGGINS R., MARSTON A., ROBERTS J., SCHLOEDER F., SCHULTZ M., TEYSSIER D., WHYBORN N. and WUNSCH H.J.

Abstract (from CDS):

We present observations of the rotational ortho-water ground transition, the two lowest para-water transitions, and the ground transition of ionised ortho-water in the archetypal starburst galaxy M82, performed with the HIFI instrument on the Herschel Space Observatory. These observations are the first detections of the para-H2O(111-000) (1113GHz) and ortho-H2O+(111-000) (1115GHz) lines in an extragalactic source. All three water lines show different spectral line profiles, underlining the need for high spectral resolution in interpreting line formation processes. Using the line shape of the para-H2O(111-000) and ortho-H2O+(111-000) absorption profile in conjunction with high spatial resolution CO observations, we show that the (ionised) water absorption arises from a ∼2000pc2 region within the HIFI beam located about ∼50pc east of the dynamical centre of the galaxy. This region does not coincide with any of the known line emission peaks that have been identified in other molecular tracers, with the exception of HCO. Our data suggest that water and ionised water within this region have high (up to 75%) area-covering factors of the underlying continuum. This indicates that water is not associated with small, dense cores within the ISM of M82 but arises from a more widespread diffuse gas component.

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Journal keyword(s): line: formation - galaxies: ISM - ISM: molecules - galaxies: individual: M82 - infrared: galaxies - submillimeter: galaxies

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N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
RA
ICRS (J2000)
DEC
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2020
#notes
1 M 82 IG 09 55 52.430 +69 40 46.93 9.61 9.30 8.41     ~ 5331 6
2 Mrk 231 Sy1 12 56 14.2340989340 +56 52 25.238555193   14.68 13.84     ~ 1777 3
3 IC 4553 SyG 15 34 57.22396 +23 30 11.6084   14.76 13.88     ~ 2679 4
4 QSO B1830-211 QSO 18 33 39.92 -21 03 39.9     18.70 21   ~ 549 6

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