Star formation and molecular gas in AGN

Richard Davies, R. Genzel, L. Tacconi, F. Mueller Sánchez, A. Sternberg

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We present initial results from a survey of nearby AGN using the near infrared adaptive optics integral field spectrograph SINFONI. These data enable us to probe the distribution and kinematics of the gas and stars at spatial resolutions as small as 0.085”, corresponding in some cases to less than 10 pc. In this contribution we present results concerning (1) the molecular gas in the nucleus of NGC 1068 and its relation to the obscuring torus; and (2) the stars which exist on spatial scales of a few tens of parsecs around the AGN, the evidence for their remarkably young age and extreme intensities, and their relation to the AGN.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMapping the Galaxy and Nearby Galaxies
EditorsKeiichi Wada, Francoise Combes
PublisherSpringer New York : New York, NY
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780387727684
ISBN (Print)9780387727677
StatePublished - 2008
EventSymposium on Mapping the Galaxy and Nearby Galaxies, 2006 - Ishigaki island, Japan
Duration: 26 Jun 200630 Jun 2006

Publication series

NameAstrophysics and Space Science Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1570-6591
ISSN (Electronic)1570-6605


ConferenceSymposium on Mapping the Galaxy and Nearby Galaxies, 2006
CityIshigaki island


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