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A multi-wavelength view of the central kiloparsec region in the luminous infrared galaxy NGC 1614

Autor Herrero-Illana, Rubén ; Pérez-Torres, Miguel A. ; Alonso-Herrero, A. ; Alberdi, Antxón ; Colina, Luis ; Hernández-García, Lorena ; Packham, Christopher
Fecha de publicación 2014
EditorAmerican Astronomical Society
Institute of Physics Publishing
Citación Astrophysical Journal 786(2): 156 (2014)
ResumenThe Luminous Infrared Galaxy NGC 1614 hosts a prominent circumnuclear ring of star formation. However, the nature of the dominant emitting mechanism in its central ∼100 pc is still under debate. We present sub-arcsecond angular resolution radio, mid-infrared, Paα, optical, and X-ray observations of NGC 1614, aimed at studying in detail both the circumnuclear ring and the nuclear region. The 8.4 GHz continuum emission traced by the Very Large Array and the Gemini/T-ReCS 8.7μm emission, as well as the Paα line emission, show remarkable morphological similarities within the star-forming ring, suggesting that the underlying emission mechanisms are tightly related. We used a Hubble Space Telescope/NICMOS Paα map of similar resolution to our radio maps to disentangle the thermal free-free and non-thermal synchrotron radio emission, from which we obtained the intrinsic synchrotron power law for each individual region within the central kiloparsec of NGC 1614. The radio ring surrounds a relatively faint, steep-spectrum source at the very center of the galaxy, suggesting that the central source is not powered by an active galactic nucleus (AGN), but rather by a compact (r ≲ 90 pc) starburst (SB). Chandra X-ray data also show that the central kiloparsec region is dominated by SB activity, without requiring the existence of an AGN.We also used publicly available infrared data to model-fit the spectral energy distribution of both the SB ring and a putative AGN in NGC 1614. In summary, we conclude that there is no need to invoke an AGN to explain the observed bolometric properties of the galaxy.
Descripción arXiv:1403.7201.-- Herrero-Illana et al.
Versión del editorhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/786/2/156
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10261/110437
DOI10.1088/0004-637X/786/2/156
Identificadoresdoi: 10.1088/0004-637X/786/2/156
issn: 0004-637X
e-issn: 1538-4357
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