Tuesday, July 30, 2013

1307.7489 (Victoria Reynaldi et al.)

Shock-ionization in the Extended Emission-Line Region of 3C~305. The last piece of the (optical) puzzle    [PDF]

Victoria Reynaldi, Carlos Feinstein
We present new Gemini spectroscopical data of the Extended Emission-Line Region of 3C~305 radio galaxy in order to achieve the final answer of the long-standing question about the ionizing mechanism. The spectra show strong kinematic disturbances within the most intense line-emitting region. The relative intensities amongst the emission lines agree with the gas being shocked during the interaction of the powerful radio jets with the ambient medium. The emission from the recombination region acts as a very effective cooling mechanism, which is supported by the presence of a neutral outflow. However, the observed intensity is almost an order of magnitude lower than expected in a pure shock model. So auto-ionizing shock models, in low-density and low-abundance regime, are required in order to account for the observed emission within the region. This scenario also supports the hypothesis that the optical emitting gas and the X-ray plasma are in pressure balance.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.7489

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