Investigating the AGN-starburst connection in a nearby Seyfert galaxy with ALMA and multiwavelength data

Mingozzi, Matilde (2016) Investigating the AGN-starburst connection in a nearby Seyfert galaxy with ALMA and multiwavelength data. [Laurea magistrale], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Astrofisica e cosmologia [LM-DM270]
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The astrophysical context in which this thesis project lies concerns the comprehension of the mutual interaction between the accretion onto a Super Massive Black Hole (SMBH) and the Star Formation (SF), that take place in the host galaxy. This is one of the key topic of the modern extragalactic astrophysical research. Indeed, it is widely accepted that to understand the physics of a galaxy, the contribution of a possible central AGN must be taken into account. The aim of this thesis is the study of the physical processes of the nearby Seyfert galaxy NGC 34. This source was selected because of the wide collection of multiwavelength data available in the literature. In addition, recently, it has been observed with the Atacama Large Submillimeter/Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Band 9. This project is divided in two main parts: first of all, we reduced and analyzed the ALMA data, obtaining the continuum and CO(6-5) maps; then, we looked for a coherent explaination of NGC 34 physical characteristics. In particular, we focused on the ISM physics, in order to understand its properties in terms of density, chemical composition and dominant radiation field (SF or accretion). This work has been done through the analysis of the spectral distribution of several CO transitions as a function of the transition number (CO SLED), obtained joining the CO(6-5) line with other transitions available in the literature. More precisely, the observed CO SLED has been compared with ISM models, including Photo-Dissociation Regions (PDRs) and X-ray-Dominated Regions (XDRs). These models have been obtained through the state-of-the-art photoionization code CLOUDY. Along with the observed CO SLED, we have taken into account other physical properties of NGC 34, such as the Star Formation Rate (SFR), the gas mass and the X-ray luminosity.

Tipologia del documento
Tesi di laurea (Laurea magistrale)
Autore della tesi
Mingozzi, Matilde
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Correlatore della tesi
Corso di studio
Ordinamento Cds
Parole chiave
ISM,ALMA,AGN-starburst connection,Photo-Dissociation Regions,X-ray Dominated Regions
Data di discussione della Tesi
23 Settembre 2016

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