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A Dissection of Spatially Resolved AGN Feedback across the Electromagnetic Spectrum

Fischer, Travis and Smith, Krista Lynne and Kraemer, Steve and Schmitt, Henrique and Crenshaw, D. Michael and Koss, Michael and Mushotzky, Richard and Larson, Kirsten and U, Vivian and Rigby, Jane (2019) A Dissection of Spatially Resolved AGN Feedback across the Electromagnetic Spectrum. Astrophysical Journal, 887 (2). Art. No. 200. ISSN 1538-4357. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab55e3.

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We present optical SuperNova Integral Field Spectrograph integral field spectroscopy, Hubble Space Telescope optical imaging, Chandra X-ray imaging, and Very Large Array radio interferometry of the merging galaxy 2MASX J04234080+0408017, which hosts a Seyfert 2 active galactic nucleus (AGN) at z = 0.046. Our observations reveal that radiatively driven, ionized gas outflows are successful to distances >10 kpc due to the low mass of the host system, encompassing the entirety of the observed optical emission. We also find that at large radii, where observed velocities cannot be reproduced by radiative driving models, high-velocity kinematics are likely due to mechanical driving from AGN winds impacting high-density host material. This impacting deposits sufficient energy to shock the host material, producing thermal X-ray emission and cosmic rays, which in turn promote the formation of in situ radio structure in a pseudo-jet morphology along the high-density lanes.

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Fischer, Travis0000-0002-3365-8875
Smith, Krista Lynne0000-0001-5785-7038
Schmitt, Henrique0000-0001-7376-8481
Crenshaw, D. Michael0000-0002-6465-3639
Koss, Michael0000-0002-7998-9581
Mushotzky, Richard0000-0002-7962-5446
Larson, Kirsten0000-0003-3917-6460
U, Vivian0000-0002-1912-0024
Rigby, Jane0000-0002-7627-6551
Additional Information:© 2019. The American Astronomical Society. Received 2019 August 19; revised 2019 October 21; accepted 2019 November 8; published 2019 December 19. The authors thank the anonymous referee for their helpful comments that improved the clarity of this work. T.C.F. thanks Mitchell Revalski, Beena Meena, Francisco Martinez, and Garrett Polack for insightful discussions, and Nathan Secrest for guidance in astrometric alignment between images. K.L.S. is grateful for support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration through Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Number PF7-180168, issued by the Chandra X-ray Observatory Center, which is operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory for and on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under contract NAS8-03060. Based on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained from the data archive at the Space Telescope Science Institute. STScI is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. under NASA contract NAS 5-26555. Support for this work was provided by NASA through the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by AURA, Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5-26555. The scientific results reported in this article are based in part on observations made by the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.
Group:Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
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NASA Einstein FellowshipPF7-180168
NASANAS 5-26555
Subject Keywords:Extragalactic radio sources ; AGN host galaxies ; Active galactic nuclei ; X-ray active galactic nuclei ; Radial velocity ; Spectroscopy ; Galaxy kinematics
Issue or Number:2
Classification Code:Unified Astronomy Thesaurus concepts: Extragalactic radio sources (508); AGN host galaxies (2017); Active galactic nuclei (16); X-ray active galactic nuclei (2035); Radial velocity (1332); Spectroscopy (1558); Galaxy kinematics (602)
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Official Citation:Travis Fischer et al 2019 ApJ 887 200
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ID Code:100383
Deposited By: George Porter
Deposited On:20 Dec 2019 16:45
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