A Magellan-IMACS-IFU search for dynamical drivers of nuclear activity. I. Reduction pipeline and galaxy catalog

P. B. Westoby, C. G. Mundell, N. M. Nagar, W. MacIejewski, E. Emsellem, M. M. Roth, J. Gerssen, I. K. Baldry

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Abstract

Using the IMACS integral-field unit (IFU) on the 6.5m Magellan telescope, we have designed the first statistically significant investigation of the two-dimensional distribution and kinematics of ionized gas and stars in the central kiloparsec regions of a well-matched sample of Seyfert and inactive control galaxies selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The goals of the project are to use the fine spatial sampling (0.2 arcsec pixel -1) and large wavelength coverage (4000-7000 ) of the IMACS-IFU to search for dynamical triggers of nuclear activity in the central region where active galactic nucleus (AGN) activity and dynamical timescales become comparable, to identify and assess the impact of AGN-driven outflows on the host galaxy and to provide a definitive sample of local galaxy kinematics for comparison with future three-dimensional kinematic studies of high-redshift systems. In this paper, we provide the first detailed description of the procedure to reduce and calibrate data from the IMACS-IFU in "long mode" to obtain two-dimensional maps of the distribution and kinematics of ionized gas and stars. The sample selection criteria are presented, the observing strategy is described, and resulting maps of the sample galaxies are presented along with a description of the observed properties of each galaxy and the overall observed properties of the sample.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Volume199
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2012

Keywords

  • galaxies: active
  • galaxies: kinematics and dynamics
  • galaxies: nuclei
  • galaxies: Seyfert
  • galaxies: structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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