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2004MNRAS.352...49B - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 352, 49-60 (2004/July-3)

High-resolution imaging of the radio continuum and neutral gas in the inner kiloparsec of the radio galaxy 3C 293.

BESWICK R.J., PECK A.B., TAYLOR G.B. and GIOVANNINI G.

Abstract (from CDS):

Using a combination of observations involving the Very Large Array (VLA), MERLIN and global Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) networks we have made a detailed study of the radio continuum and the neutral hydrogen (Hi) kinematics and distribution within the central kiloparsec of the radio galaxy 3C 293. These observations trace the complex jet structure and identify the position of the steeply inverted radio core at 1.3 GHz.

Strong Hi absorption is detected against the majority of the inner kiloparsec of 3C 293. This absorption is separated into two dynamically different and spatially resolved systems. Against the eastern part of the inner radio jet, narrow Hi absorption is detected and shown to have higher optical depths in areas cospatial with a central dust lane. Additionally, this narrow line is shown to follow a velocity gradient of ∼50 km/s/arcsec, consistent with the velocity gradient observed in optical spectroscopy of ionized gas. We conclude that the narrow Hi absorption, dust and ionized gas are physically associated and situated several kiloparsecs from the centre of the host galaxy. Against the western jet emission and core component, broad and complex Hi absorption is detected. This broad and complex absorption structure is discussed in terms of two possible interpretations for the gas kinematics observed. We explore the possibility that these broad, double absorption spectra are the result of two gas layers at different velocities and distances along these lines of sight. A second plausible explanation for this absorbing structure is that the Hi is situated in rotation about the core of this radio galaxy with some velocity dispersion resulting from infall and outflow of gas from the core region. If the latter explanation were correct, then the mass enclosed by the rotating disc would be at least 1.7x109 solar masses within a radius of 400 pc.


Abstract Copyright: 2004 RAS

Journal keyword(s): galaxies: active - galaxies: individual: 3C293 - radio lines: galaxies

Nomenclature: Fig.3, Table 2: [BFC81] 3C 293 WN (Nos E1-E3, W1-W2) added.

CDS comments: HI absorption line properties measurement regions (Table 3) not in SIMBAD.

Simbad objects: 18

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