We report on the discovery of H I in absorption toward the gigamaser galaxy TXS 2226-184 using the Very Large Array. The absorption appears to consist of two components - one with a width of 125 km s-1 and one broader (420 km s-1) - both toward the compact radio source in the nucleus of the galaxy. Based on these large velocity widths, we suggest that the H I absorption is produced in the central parsecs of the galaxy, on a scale similar to that which gives rise to the water maser emission. This brings to eight the number of galaxies known to exhibit both water masers and H I absorption. We explore the relationship between these two phenomena and present a physically motivated (but unfruitful) search for water maser emission in five radio galaxies known to exhibit strong H I absorption.
- Galaxies: active
- Galaxies: individual (TXS 2226-184)
- Galaxies: nuclei
- Radio lines: galaxies
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Space and Planetary Science
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics