A multi-particle model of the 3C 48 host
I. Physikalisches Institut, Universität zu Köln, Zülpicher Str. 77, 50937 Köln
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Corresponding author: J. Scharwächter, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 24 October 2003
The first successful multi-particle model for the host of the well-known quasi-stellar object (QSO) 3C 48 is reported. It shows that the morphology and the stellar velocity field of the 3C 48 host can be reproduced by the merger of two disk galaxies. The conditions of the interaction are similar to those used for interpreting the appearance of the “Antennae” (NGC 4038/39) but seen from a different viewing angle. The model supports the controversial hypothesis that 3C 48A is the second nucleus of a merging galaxy, and it suggests a simple solution for the problem of the missing counter tidal tail.
Key words: galaxies: interactions / methods: simulations / quasars: individual: 3C 48
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