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Titolo:
First detection of a counterrotating molecular gas disk in a spiral galaxy: NGC 3626
Autore:
Garcia-Burillo, S; Sempere, MJ; Bettoni, D;
Indirizzi:
OAN, Madrid 28800, Spain OAN Madrid Spain 28800OAN, Madrid 28800, Spain Astron Observ Padova, I-35122 Padua, Italy Astron Observ Padova Padua Italy I-35122 rv Padova, I-35122 Padua, Italy
Titolo Testata:
ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL
fascicolo: 1, volume: 502, anno: 1998,
parte:, 1
pagine: 235 - 244
SICI:
0004-637X(19980720)502:1<235:FDOACM>2.0.ZU;2-5
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
NEARBY GALAXIES; CO(2-1) SURVEY; CO(1-0);
Keywords:
galaxies : individual (NGC 3626); galaxies : ISM; galaxies : kinematics and dynamics; radio lines : galaxies;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences
Citazioni:
23
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Garcia-Burillo, S OAN, Apartado 1143, Madrid 28800, Spain OAN Apartado 1143 Madrid Spain 28800 adrid 28800, Spain
Citazione:
S. Garcia-Burillo et al., "First detection of a counterrotating molecular gas disk in a spiral galaxy: NGC 3626", ASTROPHYS J, 502(1), 1998, pp. 235-244

Abstract

In this paper we report the detection of a massive counterrotating molecular gas disk in the early-type spiral NGC 3626, observed in the 1-0 and 2-1 lines of (CO)-C-12, mapped with the 30 m telescope and Bure interferometer. (CO)-C-12 emission is concentrated in a compact nuclear disk of average radius r similar to 12 " (1.2 kpc). In the outer disk, from r = 20 " to r = 100 " (2-10 kpc), (CO)-C-12 is not detected, and the neutral gas content is largely dominated by H I. The observed (CO)-C-12 velocity field pattern corresponds to a gaseous disk with a sense of rotation opposite to that of thestars. Counterrotation is shared by molecular and ionized gas in the center. There is no strong evidence of (CO)-C-12 emission from gas in direct rotation. The estimated molecular mass in the (CO)-C-12 nuclear disk is M(H-2)similar to 0.3 x 10(9) M., 3 times lower than the mass of the H I disk. Within the nuclear disk, (CO)-C-12 is distributed in a central source of similar to 1 " (100 pc) radius, where the derived (CO)-C-12 rotation curve reaches similar to 240 km s(-1), surrounded by a pseudoring of average radius similar to 6 " (600 pc) characterized by strong noncircular motions. The dynamics of molecular gas, characterized by a regular counterrotating pattern and streaming motions typical of a steady density-wave driven flow and normal (CO)-C-12 line widths, preclude the occurrence of violent large-scale shocks or of a nonequilibrium dynamical state for the gas. The available optical (H alpha, N [II] and S [II]) and radio continuum data (at 12.6 cm and 21 cm) indicate that no Violent burst of star formation is associated with the nuclear molecular gas. This is confirmed by the lack of IRAS flux recordfor the nucleus of NGC 3626. The present (CO)-C-12 observations suggest that we are probably seeing a late stage of a merger happened in NGC 3626.

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