Published online by Cambridge University Press: 13 May 2016
We present the first sub-kpc (∼ 0.7 ≈ 0.8 kpc) resolution 12CO(1–0) observations of the ISM in the host galaxy of the QSO I Zw 1 which were obtained with the BIMA mm-interferometer in its A configuration. The measurements, which are part of a multi-wavelength study of I Zw 1, will allow comparison of the ISM properties of a QSO host with those of nearby galaxies and place constraints on galaxy formation/evolution models. Our maps of the 12CO(1–0) line emission from the host galaxy of a QSO show a ring-like structure in the circumnuclear molecular gas distribution with a radius of about 900 pc. The presence of such a molecular gas ring was already predicted from earlier lower angular resolution PdBI observations (Schinnerer, Eckart, & Tacconi 1998). A first comparison of the BIMA data with new PdBI 12CO(2–1) observations with 0.9 angular resolution shows variations in the excitation conditions of the molecular gas in the innermost 3 comprising the nuclear region of I Zw 1.
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