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Uncovering the Role of AGN-driven Outflows in the Evolution of Seyfert Galaxies

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Friday, October 4, 2013 - 12:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • CASA Conference Room C324

Speaker Name(s): 

Francisco Muller-Sanchez

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Astrophysics Lunch Seminar

Event Details & Abstract: 

Adaptive optics integral-field observations of Seyfert Galaxies have recently revealed clear evidence of AGN-driven outflows of ionized gas. By resolving the inner 10-20 parsecs, we are successfully modeling the geometry and kinematics of the outflows in 3D. The model parameters are used to estimate mechanical feedback from the AGN and test unification models. The mass outflow rates are 2√3 orders of magnitude greater than the accretion rates, but they are comparable to the estimated inflow rates to the central 10-25 pc, suggesting that the outflows may remove a considerable amount of the infalling gas before it reaches the accretion disk. The outflows seem to form two distinct groups which differ by outflow power variations with radio flux. While powerful outflows (with kinetic powers > 1.0% Lbol) are observed in objects with extended radio jets, in the other AGN -in which the outflow power is less than 0.1% Lbol- the radio jet is weak and compact.