Neutral hydrogen absorption observations of the central region of NGC 5929

G. H.J. Cole, A. Pedlar, C. G. Mundell, J. F. Gallimore, A. J. Holloway

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Abstract

We present 0.15-arcsec (25-pc) resolution MERLIN observations of neutral hydrogen absorption detected towards the nuclear region of the type 2 Seyfert galaxy NGC 5929. Absorption is detected only towards the north-eastern radio component with a column density of (6.5 ± 0.6) × 1021 cm-2. Based on comparison with an HST WFPC2 continuum image, we propose that the absorption is caused by a 1.5-arcsec structure of neutral gas and dust offset 0.3 arcsec south-east of the nucleus and running NE-SW. A separate cloud of dust is apparent 1.5 arcsec to the south-west of the nucleus in the HST image. A comparison of the centroid velocity (2358 ± 5 km s-1) and full width at half-maximum (43 ± 6 km s-1) of the absorbing gas with previous [OIII] observations suggests that both the neutral and ionized gas are undergoing galactic rotation towards the observer in the north-east and away from the observer in the south-west. The main structure is consistent with an inclined ring of gas and dust encircling the active galactic nucleus (AGN); alternatively it may be a bar or inner spiral arm. We do not detect neutral hydrogen absorption or dust obscuration against the radio nucleus (column density < 3.1 × 1021 cm-2) expected by a torus of neutral gas and dust in unified models of AGNs for a type 2 Seyfert galaxy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)782-786
Number of pages5
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume301
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 1998

Keywords

  • Galaxies: active
  • Galaxies: individual: NGC 5929
  • Galaxies: ISM
  • Galaxies: Seyfert
  • Radio lines: galaxies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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