Braito, V, Reeves, JN, Bianchi, S, Nardini, E and Piconcelli, E (2017) A high spectral resolution map of the nuclear emitting regions of NGC 7582. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 600. A135 - ?. ISSN 0004-6361

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We present the results of the spatial and spectral analysis of the deep (~200 ksec) Chandra HETG observation of the changing look AGN NGC7582. During this observation NGC7582 was in a highly obscured state. Therefore, we considered also a short Suzaku observation, which caught NGC7582 in a Compton thick state. This allows us to determine the underlying continuum and the amount of absorption ($N_H \sim~1.2\times10^{24}$ cm$^{-2}$). A wealth of emission lines are detected in the Chandra data, which allow us to map the structure of the circum-nuclear emitters. The high resolution spectrum reveals that the soft X-ray emission originates in a hybrid gas, which is ionized in part by the starforming activity and in part by the central AGN. The high resolution images confirm that the emitting region is inhomogeneous and extends up to a few hundred pc from the nuclear source. The X-ray images are more extended in the lower energy lines (Ne and Mg) than in the higher energy lines (Si, Fe), where the former are dominated by the collisionally ionised gas and the latter by the photoionized AGN emission. This is supported by the analysis of the He-like triplets. We deduce that a low density photoionized gas is responsible for the strong forbidden components, which is likely to originate from extended AGN Narrow Line Region gas at distances of 200-300 pc from the black hole. We also detected an absorption feature at ~ 6.7 keV consistent with the rest frame energy of the resonance absorption line from FeXXV, which traces the presence of a sub-parsec scale ionized absorber. The emerging picture is in agreement with our view of the circumnuclear gas in AGN, where the medium is clumpy and stratified in both density and ionization. These absorbers and emitters are located on different scales: from the sub-pc Broad Line Region gas out to the kpc scale of the galactic absorber.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: galaxies: individual: NGC 7582 / X-rays: galaxies / galaxies: active
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 01 May 2018 10:11
Last Modified: 01 May 2018 10:11

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