A Warped Accretion Disk and Wide‐Angle Outflow in the Inner Parsec of the Circinus Galaxy

DSpace/Manakin Repository

A Warped Accretion Disk and Wide‐Angle Outflow in the Inner Parsec of the Circinus Galaxy

Citable link to this page

 

 
Title: A Warped Accretion Disk and Wide‐Angle Outflow in the Inner Parsec of the Circinus Galaxy
Author: Greenhill, Lincoln Jared; Booth, R. S.; Ellingsen, S. P.; Herrnstein, J. R.; Jauncey, D. L.; McCulloch, P. M.; Moran, James M.; Norris, R. P.; Reynolds, J. E.; Tzioumis, A. K.

Note: Order does not necessarily reflect citation order of authors.

Citation: Greenhill, L. J., R. S. Booth, S. P. Ellingsen, J. R. Herrnstein, D. L. Jauncey, P. M. McCulloch, J. M. Moran, R. P. Norris, J. E. Reynolds, and A. K. Tzioumis. 2003. “A Warped Accretion Disk and Wide‐Angle Outflow in the Inner Parsec of the Circinus Galaxy.” The Astrophysical Journal 590 (1) (June 10): 162–173. doi:10.1086/374862.
Full Text & Related Files:
Abstract: We present the first VLBI maps of H2O maser emission (λ1.3 cm) in the nucleus of the Circinus Galaxy, constructed from data obtained with the Australia Telescope Long Baseline Array. The maser emission traces a warped, edge-on accretion disk between radii of 0.11 ± 0.02 and ∼ 0.40 pc, as well as a wide-angle outflow that extends up to ∼ 1 pc from the estimated disk center. The disk rotation is close to Keplerian (v ∝ r −0.5), the maximum detected rotation speed is 260 km s−1, and the inferred central mass is 1.7 ± 0.3 × 106 M⊙. The outflowing masers are irregularly distributed above and below the disk, with relative outflow velocities up to ∼ ±160 km s−1 , projected along the line of sight. The flow probably originates closer than 0.1 pc to the central engine, possibly in an inward extension of the accretion disk, though there is only weak evidence of rotation in the outward moving material. We observe that the warp of the disk appears to collimate the outflow and to fix the extent of the ionization cone observed on larger angular scales. This study provides the first direct evidence (i.e., through imaging) of dusty, high-density, molecular material in a nuclear outflow < 1 pc from the central engine of a Seyfert galaxy, as well as the first graphic evidence that warped accretion disks can channel outflows and illumination patterns in AGN. We speculate that the same arrangement, which in some ways obviates the need for a geometrically thick, dusty torus, may apply to other type-2 AGN.
Published Version: 10.1086/374862
Other Sources: https://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0302533
Terms of Use: This article is made available under the terms and conditions applicable to Other Posted Material, as set forth at http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:dash.current.terms-of-use#LAA
Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:32094223
Downloads of this work:

Show full Dublin Core record

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

 
 

Search DASH


Advanced Search
 
 

Submitters