National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

New Integral Field Spectrograph Reveals the Energetic Gas Outflow from the Supermassive Black Hole

| Science

The integral field spectra of the galaxy NGC 1052, obtained by researchers at Kyoto University and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan by using a guest instrument Kyoto 3DII, have revealed a high velocity bipolar outflow and its detailed structures. These will provide constraints on models for origins of gas outflows associated with central supermassive black holes, particularly because the active galactic nucleus of NGC 1052 is young. Gas outflows are considered to have affected the evolution of galaxies since the early phase of the universe.