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X-ray high-resolution spectroscopy reveals feedback in a Seyfert Galaxy from an ultra-fast wind with complex ionization and velocity structure

X-ray high-resolution spectroscopy reveals feedback in a Seyfert Galaxy from an ultra-fast wind with complex ionization and velocity structure

Publication date: 06 November 2015

Authors: Longinotti, A.L., et al.

Journal: The Astrophysical Journal Letters
Volume: 813
Issue: 2
Page: L39
Year: 2015

Copyright: © 2015. The American Astronomical Society

Winds outflowing from active galactic nuclei (AGNs) may carry significant amounts of mass and energy out to their host galaxies. In this paper we report the detection of a sub-relativistic outflow observed in the narrow line Seyfert 1 galaxy IRAS 17020+4544 as a series of absorption lines corresponding to at least five absorption components with an unprecedented wide range of associated column densities and ionization levels and velocities in the range of 23,000–33,000 km s−1 , detected at X-ray high spectral resolution (E/ΔE ~ 1000) with the ESA's observatory XMM-Newton. The charge states of the material constituting the wind clearly indicate a range of low to moderate ionization states in the outflowing gas and column densities that are significantly lower than observed in highly ionized ultra-fast outflows. We estimate that at least one of the outflow components may carry sufficient energy to substantially suppress star formation and heat the gas in the host galaxy. IRAS 17020+4544 therefore provides an interesting example of feedback by a moderately luminous AGN that is hosted in a spiral galaxy, a case barely envisaged in most evolution models, which often predict that feedback processes take place in massive elliptical galaxies hosting luminous quasars in a post-merger phase.

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