A two-phase model for the narrow line region of NGC 4151
Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Postfach 1312, 85741 Garching, Germany
Corresponding author: S. Komossa, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 16 March 2001
NGC 4151 is one of the brightest and best-studied Seyfert galaxies. Here, we present a two-phase model of the narrow-line region (NLR) of NGC 4151. This study is motivated by (i) the fact that the X-ray spectrum of NGC 4151 is among the flattest known for Seyferts, and (ii) the recent Chandra detection of an X-ray narrow-line region in this galaxy. X-ray spectra as flat as that of NGC 4151 ( ) are expected to favor the presence of two gas phases in pressure equilibrium (Krolik et al. 1981). In the present study, we show that a pronounced two-phase equilibrium develops in the extended emission-line region if we use the observed multi-wavelength spectrum of NGC 4151 to ionize the clouds. The material is stable to isobaric perturbations over a wide range of temperatures. We therefore propose that such a condition has arisen in the NLR of NGC 4151, and that it explains the detection of hot, extended X-ray gas which we identify as the NLR-cloud confining medium.
Key words: galaxies: Seyfert / galaxies: individual: NGC 4151 / galaxies: nuclei / galaxies: emission lines / X-rays: galaxies
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