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The Active Nucleus in NGC 4579

  • Roberto B. Menezes (a1), João E. Steiner (a1), Tiago V. Ricci (a1) and Alexandre S. Oliveira (a2)

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In this work, we present an analysis of a data cube obtained with the instrument IFU/GMOS Gemini North telescope centered on the nuclear region of the LINER galaxy NGC 4579. This galaxy is known to have a type 1 AGN (see Eracleous et al. 2002 for a review). The methodology used for the analysis of the data cube was PCA tomography (Steiner et al. 2009), which consists of applying the statistical tool known as principal component analysis (PCA) to extract information from data cubes. The analysis was performed in the following way: first, the data cube for this object was transformed into a data matrix, where each row corresponded to a spatial pixel and each column corresponded to a spectral pixel. We then applied the PCA to this matrix, obtaining eigenvectors as a function of spectral pixels (which correspond to the original coordinates). These eigenvectors, which have the appearance of spectra, are called eigenspectra. We also calculated the projection of the data corresponding to the spatial pixels on each one of the eigenvectors. These images were called tomograms. Figure 1 shows Eigenspectrum E2 and tomogram T2 superposed on T1.

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Steiner, J. E., Menezes, R. B., Ricci, T. V., & Oliveira, A. S. 2009, MNRAS, 395, 64
Eracleous, M., Shields, J. C., Chartas, G., & Moran, E. C. 2002, ApJ, 565, 108
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The Active Nucleus in NGC 4579

  • Roberto B. Menezes (a1), João E. Steiner (a1), Tiago V. Ricci (a1) and Alexandre S. Oliveira (a2)

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