Volume 558, October 2013
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Published online||08 October 2013|
IRAM – Institut de RadioAstronomie Millimétrique, 300 rue de la Piscine,
2 INAF – Osservatorio astronomico di Roma, via Frascati 33, 00040 Monteporzio Catone, Italy
3 Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, 19 J. J. Thomson Ave., Cambridge CB3 0HE, UK
4 Max-Planck-Institut fur Extraterrestrische Physik (MPE), Giessenbachstr. 1, 85748 Garching, Germany
Accepted: 1 July 2013
We present long baseline CO(1–0) mapping of the luminous infrared galaxy NGC 6240 obtained with the IRAM - Plateau de Bure Interferometer. This source is a well known early-stage merging system hosting two active galactic nuclei (AGN). We find a broad CO(1−0) line profile with maximum velocity 800 km s-1 and a total line width of 1400 km s-1 that displays several kinematic components, revealing the complexity of the gas dynamics in this system. We detect a blueshifted CO emission with velocity between −200 and −500 km s-1, which peaks around the southern AGN at the same position where the H2 outflow is located. We interpret this blueshifted component as an outflow with a mass loss rate of ~500 M⊙ yr-1, originating from the southern nucleus. The spatial and spectral match strongly suggests that the CO outflow is connected to the H2 superwind located around the southern AGN and to the large scale CO outflow with similar velocities extended on scales of ~10 kpc. The large mass loading factor (Ṁ/SFR ~ 10) of the molecular gas suggests that the outflow is likely driven by both SNa winds and the radiation of the southern AGN. We discovered a nuclear, redshifted CO emission peaking in the midpoint of the two nuclei, as is the case for the CO emission at the systemic velocity. The large velocity dispersion, which reaches its maximum (~500 km s-1) in the midpoint between the two nuclei, suggests that the gas might be highly turbulent in this region, although the presence of an unresolved rotation component cannot be ruled out.
Key words: galaxies: active / galaxies: evolution / galaxies: ISM / galaxies: interactions / galaxies: individual: NGC 6240
Based on observations carried out with the IRAM Plateau de Bure Interferometer. IRAM is supported by INSU/CNRS (France), MPG (Germany) and IGN (Spain).
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