[EBL2020] 27 , the SIMBAD biblio

2020ApJ...903...50E - Astrophys. J., 903, 50-50 (2020/November-1)

Super star clusters in the central starburst of NGC 4945.

EMIG K.L., BOLATTO A.D., LEROY A.K., MILLS E.A.C., JIMENEZ DONAIRE M.J., TIELENS A.G.G.M., GINSBURG A., GORSKI M., KRIEGER N., LEVY R.C., MEIER D.S., OTT J., ROSOLOWSKY E., THOMPSON T.A. and VEILLEUX S.

Abstract (from CDS):

The nearby (3.8 Mpc) galaxy NGC 4945 hosts a nuclear starburst and Seyfert type 2 active galactic nucleus (AGN). We use the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to image the 93 GHz (3.2 mm) free-free continuum and hydrogen recombination line emission (H40α and H42α) at 2.2 pc (0.''12) resolution. Our observations reveal 27 bright, compact sources with FWHM sizes of 1.4-4.0 pc, which we identify as candidate super star clusters. Recombination line emission, tracing the ionizing photon rate of the candidate clusters, is detected in 15 sources, six of which have a significant synchrotron component to the 93 GHz continuum. Adopting an age of ∼5 Myr, the stellar masses implied by the ionizing photon luminosities are log10(M*/M) ≃ 4.7-6.1. We fit a slope to the cluster mass distribution and find β = -1.8 ± 0.4. The gas masses associated with these clusters, derived from the dust continuum at 350 GHz, are typically an order of magnitude lower than the stellar mass. These candidate clusters appear to have already converted a large fraction of their dense natal material into stars and, given their small freefall times of ∼0.05 Myr, are surviving an early volatile phase. We identify a pointlike source in 93 GHz continuum emission that is presumed to be the AGN. We do not detect recombination line emission from the AGN and place an upper limit on the ionizing photons that leak into the starburst region of Q0 < 1052 s–1.

Abstract Copyright: © 2020. The Author(s). Published by the American Astronomical Society.

Journal keyword(s): Galaxies - Starburst galaxies - Star clusters - Star formation

Nomenclature: Fig. 3, Table 1: [EBL2020] NN (Nos 1-29).

Simbad objects: 34

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