The role of the host galaxy kinematics on nuclear activity

G. Dumas, C. G. Mundell, E. Emsellem, N. Nagar

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We investigate the kinematic properties of the stars and ionised gas in the circumnuclear regions of a matched sample of nearby Seyfert and non-active galaxies, using the SAURON Integral-Field Unit (IFU) on the William Herschel Telescope (WHT). In both active and non-active galaxies, the stellar velocity fields present regular rotation patterns. After removal of the non-gravitational components due to nuclear activity (e.g., AGN-driven outflows) in the case of the Seyfert galaxies, the ionised gas kinematics in both populations is dominated by rotation. The non-active galaxies present a global alignment between stellar and gaseous kinematics while majority of Seyfert galaxies present strong kinematics misalignments between the two components. A more refined analysis of our two-dimensional kinematics maps reveal evidence for deviations from axial-symmetry in the gaseous velocity fields. These deviations are moreover stronger in the case of Seyfert galaxies than their associated non-active galaxies. This result suggests the presence of weak dynamical perturbations in the circumnuclear regions of Seyfert galaxies and provides a tentative link between nuclear activity and the host galaxy dynamics in these regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)908-911
Number of pages4
JournalAstronomische Nachrichten
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008


  • Galaxies: active
  • Galaxies: kinematics and dynamics
  • Galaxies: Seyfert
  • ISM: kinematics and dynamics
  • Stars: kinematics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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