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Evidence from sub-millimetre observations for thermal dust emission in NGC4151

Edelson, R. A., Gear, Walter Kieran ORCID:, Malkan, M. A. and Robson, E. I. 1988. Evidence from sub-millimetre observations for thermal dust emission in NGC4151. Nature 336 , pp. 749-751. 10.1038/336749a0

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Most quasars and Seyfert 1 galaxies have spectra that rise from optical wavelengths into the 60–100 μm infrared region, beyond which they must suffer a sharp cutoff indicated by the lack of observed millimetre emission. There is evidence1–4 that the infrared emission receives contributions from both thermal emission by interstellar dust and synchrotron radiation from a compact source. Determining the nature of the infrared emission is thus an important step in understanding the structure of quasars and Seyfert 1 galaxies. We report here observations at 438-μm wavelength of the Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC4151 using the UKT14 bolometer on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope. We find a 5σ upper limit of 200 mJy in an 11″ aperture. Comparison with an earlier measurement at 155-μm indicates that at least half of the 155-μm flux is due to thermal dust emission. The remainder may be from a synchrotron source which becomes self-absorbed at wavelengths of less than 80 μm.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
ISSN: 0028-0836
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:25

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