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dc.contributor.authorGallimore, J.F.
dc.contributor.authorBaum, S.A.
dc.contributor.authorO'Dea, C.P.
dc.contributor.authorBrinks, E.
dc.contributor.authorPedlar, A.
dc.identifier.citationGallimore , J F , Baum , S A , O'Dea , C P , Brinks , E & Pedlar , A 1996 , ' H 2O and OH Masers as Probes of the Obscuring Torus in NGC 1068 ' The Astrophysical Journal , vol. 462 , pp. 740-745 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 168888
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: cfa5453d-2185-404c-8946-55c206dc187e
dc.identifier.otherdspace: 2299/2780
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 21344460573
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-7758-9699/work/30407936
dc.descriptionOriginal article can be found at: Copyright American Astronomical Society. DOI: 10.1086/177187 [Full text of this article is not available in the UHRA]
dc.description.abstractWe report the discovery of OH masers and positionally resolved H_2_O maser emission in the nucleus of NGC 1068. The brightest H_2_O masers are associated with the radio continuum component that is probably the location of the central engine (Gallimore, Muxlow, and coworkers). These masers trace a ~50 mas (~5 pc) roughly linear velocity gradient along P.A 94^deg^ +/- 4^deg^, which is almost at right angles to the local radio jet axis. The kinematics of the masers are well described as an edge-on Keplerian disk surrounding a large central mass concentration (black hole?). The inner radius of the maser disk is ~> 1.3 pc, and the outer radius is ~2.5 pc, assuming a distance of 22 Mpc. The mass within the inner radius, normalized to the best-fit disk parameters, is 4.4 x 10^7^ M_sun_ x (r_in_/1.3 pc) (ν_max_/378 km s^-1^)^2^. These masers might occur in the parsec-scale torus thought to obscure the central engine. Radio continuum emission fills the region interior to the H_2_O masers, in agreement with the prediction that the continuum emission is thermal free-free radiation from the inner face of the molecular torus (Gallimore and coworkers). The location of-the OH masers and nuclear H I absorption (Gallimore and coworkers), measured with ~1" angular resolution, is consistent with the location of the H_2_O masers associated with the central engine. The H I absorption profile is also consistent with the Keplerian model for the H_2_O maser disk kinematics, and the velocity range of the OH masers is similar to that spanned by both the H I and H_2_O spectral features. It therefore seems likely that the OH masers and H I absorption also originate in the obscuring material surrounding the central engine. The OH masers indicate the presence of a more tenuous molecular medium in the torus, in addition to the denser material traced by the H_2_O maser emission. We have also discovered fainter H_2_O masers located 0.3" (~30 pc) downstream along the radio jet. These masers are too distant from the central engine to arise in a parsec-scale torus. They may instead occur at the shock interface between the radio jet and an intervening molecular cloud. The implication is that H_2_O magamaser emission may probe both circumnuclear disks and shock fronts in other active galactic nuclei.en
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dc.titleH 2O and OH Masers as Probes of the Obscuring Torus in NGC 1068en
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
dc.relation.schoolSchool of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review

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