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The AGN fuelling/feedback cycle in nearby radio galaxies II. Kinematics of the molecular gas

Ruffa, Ilaria, Davis, Timothy A ORCID:, Prandoni, Isabella, Laing, Robert A, Paladino, Rosita, Parma, Paola, de Ruiter, Hans, Casasola, Viviana, Bureau, Martin and Warren, Joshua 2019. The AGN fuelling/feedback cycle in nearby radio galaxies II. Kinematics of the molecular gas. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 489 (3) , pp. 3739-3757. 10.1093/mnras/stz2368

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This is the second paper of a series exploring the multicomponent (stars, warm and cold gas, and radio jets) properties of a sample of 11 nearby low-excitation radio galaxies, with the aim of better understanding the active galactic nuclei (AGN) fuelling/feedback cycle in these objects. Here, we present a study of the molecular gas kinematics of six sample galaxies detected in 12CO(2-1) with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). In all cases, our modelling suggests that the bulk of the gas in the observed (sub-)kpc CO discs is in ordered rotation. Nevertheless, low-level distortions are ubiquitous, indicating that the molecular gas is not fully relaxed into the host galaxy potential. The majority of the discs, however, are only marginally resolved, preventing us from drawing strong conclusions. NGC 3557 and NGC 3100 are special cases. The features observed in the CO velocity curve of NGC 3557 allow us to estimate a supermassive black hole (SMBH) mass of (7.10 ± 0.02) × 108 M⊙, in agreement with expectations from the MSMBH–σ* relation. The rotation pattern of NGC 3100 shows distortions that appear to be consistent with the presence of both a position angle and an inclination warp. Non-negligible radial motions are also found in the plane of the CO disc, likely consistent with streaming motions associated with the spiral pattern found in the inner regions of the disc. The dominant radial motions are likely to be inflows, supporting a scenario in which the cold gas is contributing to the fuelling of the AGN.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0035-8711
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 August 2019
Date of Acceptance: 21 August 2019
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 16:00

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