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ID: 606637.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
Molecular gas in NUclei of GAlaxies (NUGA). XV. Molecular gas kinematics in the inner 3 kpc of NGC 6951
Authors:van der Laan, T. P. R.; Schinnerer, E.; Boone, F.; García-Burillo, S.; Combes, F.; Haan, S.; Leon, S.; Hunt, L.; Baker, A. J.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2011
Journal Abbrev.:Astronomy and Astrophysics
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:Within the NUclei of GAlaxies (NUGA) project we have obtained IRAM PdBI and 30 m 12CO(1-0) and 12CO(2-1) observations of the spiral galaxy NGC 6951. Previous work shows that there is indirect evidence of gas inflow from 3 kpc down to small radii: a large-scale stellar bar, a prominent starburst ring (r ≈ 580 pc) and a LINER/Seyfert 2 nucleus. In this paper we study the gas kinematics as traced by the CO line emission in detail. We quantify the influence of the large-scale stellar bar by constructing an analytical model of the evolution of gas particles in a barred potential. From this model gravitational torques and mass accumulation rates are computed. We compare our model-based gravitational torque results with previous observationally-based ones. The model also shows that the large-scale stellar bar is indeed the dominant force for driving the gas inward, to the starburst ring. Inside the ring itself a nuclear stellar oval might play an important role. Detailed analysis of the CO gas kinematics there shows that emission arises from two co-spatial, but kinematically distinct components at several locations. The main emission component can always be related to the overall bar-driven gas kinematics. The second component exhibits velocities that are larger than expected for gas on stable orbits, has a molecular gas mass of 1.8 × 106 M&sun;, is very likely connected to the nuclear stellar oval, and is consistent with inflowing motion towards the very center. This may form the last link in the chain of gas inflow towards the active galactic nucleus in NGC 6951. Based on observations carried out with the IRAM Plateau de Bure Interferometer and 30 m telescope. IRAM is supported by INSU/CNRS (France), MPG (Germany) and IGN (Spain).
Free Keywords:galaxies: individual: NGC 6951; galaxies: nuclei; galaxies: ISM; galaxies: Seyfert
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
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