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Is Centaurus A Special? A Neutral-Hydrogen Perspective

  • Christian Struve (a1) (a2), Raffaella Morganti (a1) (a2), Tom A. Oosterloo (a1) (a2) and Bjorn H. C. Emonts (a3)

Abstract

Due to its proximity, the neutral hydrogen belonging to Cen A can be observed at high resolution with good sensitivity. This allows us to study the morphology and kinematics in detail, in order to understand the evolution of this radio-loud source (e.g. merger history, AGN activity). At the same time, it is important to compare results to other sources of the same class (i.e. early-type galaxies in general and radio galaxies in particular) to see how Cen A fits into the global picture of early-type/radio galaxy evolution. The amount of Hi, the morphology of a warped disk with Hi clouds surrounding the disk and the regular kinematics of the inner part of the Hi disk are not unusual for early-type galaxies. The growing evidence that mergers are not necessarily responsible for AGN activity fits with the observational result that the recent merger event in Cen A is not directly connected to the current phase of activity. Based on these results, we conclude that Cen A has typical neutral hydrogen properties for an early-type and radio galaxy and it can therefore — from the perspective of Hi — be seen as a typical example of its class.

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Is Centaurus A Special? A Neutral-Hydrogen Perspective

  • Christian Struve (a1) (a2), Raffaella Morganti (a1) (a2), Tom A. Oosterloo (a1) (a2) and Bjorn H. C. Emonts (a3)

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