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Title: UVIT observations of the star-forming ring in NGC 7252: Evidence of possible AGN feedback suppressing central star formation
Authors: George, K
Joseph, P
Mondal, Chayan
Devaraj, A
Subramaniam, A
Stalin, C. S
Cote, P
Ghosh, S. K
Hutchings, J. B
Mohan, Rekhesh
Postma, J
Sankarasubramanian, K
Sreekumar, P
Tandon, S. N
Issue Date: May-2018
Publisher: EDP Sciences
Citation: Astronomy & Astrophysics, Vol. 613, L9
Abstract: Context. Some post-merger galaxies are known to undergo a starburst phase that quickly depletes the gas reservoir and turns it into a red-sequence galaxy, though the details are still unclear. Aims. Here we explore the pattern of recent star formation in the central region of the post-merger galaxy NGC 7252 using high-resolution ultraviolet (UV) images from the UVIT on ASTROSAT. Methods. The UVIT images with 1.2 and 1.4 arcsec resolution in the FUV and NUV are used to construct a FUV-NUV colour map of the central region. Results. The FUV-NUV pixel colour map for this canonical post-merger galaxy reveals a blue circumnuclear ring of diameter ~10′′ (3.2 kpc) with bluer patches located over the ring. Based on a comparison to single stellar population models, we show that the ring is comprised of stellar populations with ages ≲300 Myr, with embedded star-forming clumps of younger age (≲150Myr). Conclusions. The suppressed star formation in the central region, along with the recent finding of a large amount of ionised gas, leads us to speculate that this ring may be connected to past feedback from a central super-massive black hole that has ionised the hydrogen gas in the central ~4′′ ~1.3 kpc.
Description: Open Access
ISSN: 0004-6361
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