Circumnuclear obscuration of the Circinus galaxy by a starburst-radiation supported wall
Center for Computational Physics, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577, Japan
Corresponding author: K. Ohsuga, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 23 March 2001
We consider the radiation-hydrodynamical formation of a dusty wall in the circumnuclear regions of the Circinus Seyfert 2 galaxy. We focus on the radiative flux force due to the circumnuclear starburst, the nuclear starburst and the active galactic nucleus (AGN), and analyze the equilibrium configuration and stability of the dusty gas in the circumnuclear regions. The mass distributions used to model the gravitational fields are determined by the observed rotation velocities of the stars and of the gas. Moreover, by using the simple stellar evolution in the circumnuclear starburst, the bolometric luminosity of the starburst is estimated as a function of time. As a result, it is shown that the radiation force by the circumnuclear starburst does play an important role to build up a radiatively-supported dusty wall of 100 pc, which obscures the circumnuclear regions with AV of a few magnitudes. It is also found that the age of a circumnuclear starburst when the circumnuclear regions are enshrouded by the dusty wall is constrained to be 108 yr, which is consistent with the age observationally inferred for the starburst, 4 107 yr-1.5 108 yr.
Key words: galaxies: active / galaxies: individual: Circinus / galaxies: nuclei / galaxies: starburst / radiative transfer
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