The central region of spiral galaxies as seen by Herschel

Sauvage, M, Sacchi, N, Bendo, GJ, Boselli, A, Pohlen, M, Wilson, C D, Oliver, S and et al, (2010) The central region of spiral galaxies as seen by Herschel. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 518 (-). ISSN 0004-6361

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With appropriate spatial resolution, images of spiral galaxies in thermal infrared (similar to 10 mu m and beyond) often reveal a bright central component, distinct from the stellar bulge, superimposed on a disk with prominent spiral arms. ISO and Spitzer studies have shown that much of the scatter in the mid-infrared colors of spiral galaxies is related to changes in the relative importance of these two components, rather than to other modifications, such as the morphological type or star formation rate, that affect the properties of the galaxy as a whole. With the Herschel imaging capability from 70 to 500 mu m, we revisit this two-component approach at longer wavelengths, to see if it still provides a working description of the brightness distribution of galaxies, and to determine its implications on the interpretation of global far-infrared properties of galaxies. We quantify the luminosity of the central component by both a decomposition of the radial surface brightness profile and a direct extraction in 2D. We find the central component contribution is variable within the three galaxies in our sample, possibly connected more directly to the presence of a bar than to the morphological type. The central component's relative contribution is at its maximum in the mid-infrared range and drops around 160 mu m to reach a constant value beyond 200 mu m. The central component contains a greater fraction of hot dust than the disk component, and while the colors of the central components are scattered, colors of the disk components are more homogenous from one galaxy to the next.

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Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Depositing User: Seb Oliver
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:01
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2012 10:33
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