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CO excitation in the Seyfert galaxy NGC 7130
Stockholm University, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita).
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2017 (English)In: Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, ISSN 0035-8711, E-ISSN 1365-2966, Vol. 470, no 1, L64-L68 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We present a coherent multiband modelling of the carbon monoxide (CO) spectral energy distribution of the local Seyfert galaxy NGC 7130 to assess the impact of the active galactic nucleus (AGN) activity on the molecular gas. We take advantage of all the available data from X-ray to the submillimetre, including ALMA data. The high-resolution (similar to 0.2 arcsec) ALMA CO(6-5) data constrain the spatial extension of the CO emission down to an similar to 70 pc scale. From the analysis of the archival Chandra and NuSTAR data, we infer the presence of a buried, Compton-thick AGN of moderate luminosity, L2-10 (keV) similar to 1.6 x 10(43) erg s(-1). We explore photodissociation and X-ray-dominated-region (PDR and XDR) models to reproduce the CO emission. We find that PDRs can reproduce the CO lines up to J similar to 6; however, the higher rotational ladder requires the presence of a separate source of excitation. We consider X-ray heating by the AGNs as a source of excitation, and find that it can reproduce the observed CO spectral energy distribution. By adopting a composite PDR+XDR model, we derive molecular cloud properties. Our study clearly indicates the capabilities offered by the current generation of instruments to shed light on the properties of nearby galaxies by adopting state-of-the-art physical modelling.

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2017. Vol. 470, no 1, L64-L68 p.
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photodissociation region (PDR), galaxies: active, galaxies: ISM
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-147884DOI: 10.1093/mnrasl/slx077ISI: 000410095300014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-147884DiVA: diva2:1151385
Available from: 2017-10-23 Created: 2017-10-23 Last updated: 2017-10-23Bibliographically approved

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