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Dense circumnuclear molecular gas in starburst galaxies

AuthorsGreen, C.E.; Cunningham, M.R.; Green, J.A.; Dawson, J.R.; Jones, P.A.; López-Sánchez, A.R.; Verdes-Montenegro, Lourdes ; Henkel, C.; Baan, W.A.; Martín, S.
KeywordsKinematics and dynamics-galaxies
Starburst-radio lines
Issue Date2016
PublisherOxford University Press
CitationMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 457: 2470- 2479 (2016)
AbstractWe present results from a study of the dense circumnuclear molecular gas of starburst galaxies. The study aims to investigate the interplay between starbursts, active galactic nuclei and molecular gas.We characterize the dense gas traced by HCN, HCO and HNC and examine its kinematics in the circumnuclear regions of nine starburst galaxies observed with the Australia Telescope Compact Array. We detect HCN (1-0) and HCO (1-0) in seven of the nine galaxies and HNC (1-0) in four. Approximately 7 arcsec resolution maps of the circumnuclear molecular gas are presented. The velocity-integrated intensity ratios, HCO (1-0)/HCN (1-0) and HNC (1-0)/HCN (1-0), are calculated. Using these integrated intensity ratios and spatial intensity ratio maps, we identify photon-dominated regions (PDRs) in NGC 1097, NGC 1365 and NGC 1808. We find no galaxy which shows the PDR signature in only one part of the observed nuclear region.We also observe unusually strong HNC emission in NGC 5236, but it is not strong enough to be consistent with X-ray-dominated region chemistry. Rotation curves are derived for five of the galaxies and dynamical mass estimates of the inner regions of three of the galaxies are made. © 2016 The Authors.
Identifiersdoi: 10.1093/mnras/stv2984
issn: 1365-2966
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