Publications by Chris Lintott

Extended X-ray emission in the IC 2497 - Hanny's Voorwerp system: Energy injection in the gas around a fading AGN

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 457 (2016) 3629-3636

LF Sartori, K Schawinski, M Koss, E Treister, W Peter Maksym, WC Keel, C Megan Urry, CJ Lintott, O Ivy Wong

© 2016 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. We present deep Chandra X-ray observations of the core of IC 2497, the galaxy associated with Hanny's Voorwerp and hosting a fading AGN.We find extended soft X-ray emission from hot gas around the low intrinsic luminosity (unobscured) AGN (L bol ~ 10 42 -10 44 erg s -1 ). The temperature structure in the hot gas suggests the presence of a bubble or cavity around the fading AGN (E bub ~ 10 54 -10 55 erg). A possible scenario is that this bubble is inflated by the fading AGN, which after changing accretion state is now in a kinetic mode. Other possibilities are that the bubble has been inflated by the past luminous quasar (L bol ~ 10 46 erg s -1 ), or that the temperature gradient is an indication of a shock front from a superwind driven by the AGN. We discuss the possible scenarios and the impl ications for the AGN-host galaxy interaction, as well as an analogy between AGN and X-ray binaries lifecycles.We conclude that the AGN could inject mechanical energy into the host galaxy at the end of its lifecycle, and thus provide a source for mechanical feedback, in a similar way as observed for X-ray binaries.

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