Volume 621, January 2019
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Letters to the Editor|
|Published online||04 January 2019|
Letter to the Editor
MUSE-AO view of the starburst–AGN connection: NGC 7130⋆
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, 38205 La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
2 Departamento de Astrofísica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38205 La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
3 Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, IC2, Liverpool Science Park, 146 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L3 5RF, UK
4 University of Oulu, Astronomy Research Unit, PO Box 3000, 90014 Oulu, Finland
5 Caltech-IPAC, MC 314-6, 1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
Accepted: 3 December 2018
We present the discovery of a small kinematically decoupled core of 0.″2 (60 pc) in radius as well as an outflow jet in the archetypical AGN–starburst “composite” galaxy NGC 7130 from integral field data obtained with the adaptive optics-assisted MUSE-NFM instrument on the VLT. Correcting the already good natural seeing at the time of our science verification observations with the four-laser GALACSI AO system, we reach an unprecedented spatial resolution at optical wavelengths of around 0.″15. We confirm the existence of star-forming knots arranged in a ring of 0.″58 (185 pc) in radius around the nucleus, previously observed from UV and optical Hubble Space Telescope and CO(6-5) ALMA imaging. We determine the position of the nucleus as the location of a peak in gas velocity dispersion. A plume of material extends towards the NE from the nucleus until at least the edge of our field of view at 2″ (640 pc) radius which we interpret as an outflow jet originating in the AGN. The plume is not visible morphologically, but is clearly characterised in our data by emission-line ratios characteristic of AGN emission, enhanced gas velocity dispersion, and distinct non-circular gas velocities. Its orientation is roughly perpendicular to the line of nodes of the rotating host galaxy disc. A circumnuclear area of positive and negative velocities of 0.″2 in radius indicates a tiny inner disc, which can only be seen after combining the integral field spectroscopic capabilities of MUSE with adaptive optics.
Key words: galaxies: active / galaxies: individual: NGC 7130 / galaxies: ISM / galaxies: jets / galaxies: nuclei / galaxies: Seyfert
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