AGN feedback driven molecular outflow in NGC 1266

K. Alatalo*, K. E. Nyland, G. Graves, S. Deustua, J. Wrobel, L. M. Young, T. A. Davis, M. Bureau, E. Bayet, L. Blitz, M. Bois, F. Bournaud, M. Cappellari, R. L. Davies, P. T. De Zeeuw, E. Emsellem, S. Khochfar, D. Krajnovic, H. Kuntschner, S. MartínR. M. Mcdermid, R. Morganti, T. Naab, M. Sarzi, N. Scott, P. Serra, A. Weijmans

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NGC 1266 is a nearby field galaxy observed as part of the ATLAS 3D survey (Cappellari et al. 2011). NGC 1266 has been shown to host a compact (< 200 pc) molecular disk and a mass-loaded molecular outflow driven by the AGN (Alatalo et al. 2011). Very Long Basline Array (VLBA) observations at 1.65 GHz revealed a compact (diameter < 1.2 pc), high brightness temperature continuum source most consistent with a low-level AGN origin. The VLBA continuum source is positioned at the center of the molecular disk and may be responsible for the expulsion of molecular gas in NGC 1266. Thus, the candidate AGN-driven molecular outflow in NGC 1266 supports the picture in which AGNs do play a significant role in the quenching of star formation and ultimately the evolution of the red sequence of galaxies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFeeding Compact Objects
Subtitle of host publicationAccretion on All Scales
EditorsC. Zhang, T. Belloni, M. Mendez, S. Zhang
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9781107033795, 1107033799
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
ISSN (Print)17439213
ISSN (Electronic)17439221


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