Atomic hydrogen properties of active galactic nuclei host galaxies

H i in 16 NUclei of GAlaxies (NUGA) sources

Sebastian Haan, Eva Schinnerer, Carole G. Mundell, Santiago García-Burillo, Francoise Combes

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Abstract

We present a comprehensive spectroscopic imaging survey of the distribution and kinematics of atomic hydrogen (H I) in 16 nearby spiral galaxies hosting low luminosity active galactic nuclei (AGN), observed with high spectral and spatial resolution (resolution: 20″, 5 km s-1) using the NRAO Very Large Array (VLA). The sample contains a range of nuclear types ranging from Seyfert to star-forming nuclei, and was originally selected for the NUclei of GAlaxies project (NUGA) - a spectrally and spatially resolved interferometric survey of gas dynamics in nearby galaxies designed to identify the fueling mechanisms of AGN and the relation to host galaxy evolution. Here we investigate the relationship between the H I properties of these galaxies, their environment, their stellar distribution, and their AGN type. The large-scale H I morphology of each galaxy is classified as ringed, spiral, or centrally concentrated; comparison of the resulting morphological classification with the AGN type reveals that ring structures are significantly more common in low-ionization narrow emission-line regions (LINER) than in Seyfert host galaxies, suggesting a time evolution of the AGN activity together with the redistribution of the neutral gas. Dynamically disturbed H I disks are also more prevalent in LINER host galaxies than in Seyfert host galaxies. While several galaxies are surrounded by companions (some with associated H I emission), there is no correlation between the presence of companions and the AGN type (Seyfert/LINER).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-257
Number of pages26
JournalAstronomical Journal
Volume135
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2007

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hydrogen
galaxies
ionization
nuclei
Seyfert galaxies
spectral resolution
gas
spatial resolution
kinematics
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Very Large Array (VLA)
ring structures
gas dynamics
neutral gases
spiral galaxies
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Keywords

  • Galaxies: active
  • Galaxies: kinematics and dynamics
  • Galaxies: Seyfert
  • Radio lines: galaxies

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  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Atomic hydrogen properties of active galactic nuclei host galaxies : H i in 16 NUclei of GAlaxies (NUGA) sources. / Haan, Sebastian; Schinnerer, Eva; Mundell, Carole G.; García-Burillo, Santiago; Combes, Francoise.

In: Astronomical Journal, Vol. 135, No. 1, 07.12.2007, p. 232-257.

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Haan, Sebastian ; Schinnerer, Eva ; Mundell, Carole G. ; García-Burillo, Santiago ; Combes, Francoise. / Atomic hydrogen properties of active galactic nuclei host galaxies : H i in 16 NUclei of GAlaxies (NUGA) sources. In: Astronomical Journal. 2007 ; Vol. 135, No. 1. pp. 232-257.
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