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Proposal Information for 2010A-0186


PI: D. Michael Crenshaw, Georgia State University, crenshaw@chara.gsu.edu
Address: Department of Physics and Astronomy, One Park Place South, SE, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA

CoI: Thaisa Storchi-Bergmann, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
CoI: Steven B. Kraemer, The Catholic University of America
CoI: Henrique Schmitt, Naval Research Laboratory
CoI: Rogemar Andre Riffel, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
CoI: Travis Cody Fischer, Georgia State University

Title: The Connection Between Fueling Flows and Outflows in Active Galaxies: The Case of Markarian 3

Abstract: \it HST images and long-slit spectra of the Seyfert 2 galaxy Mrk 3 suggest that there is an intimate connection between the fueling flows in the form of nuclear dust lanes and the outflows of ionized gas in the narrow-line region (NLR) of this AGN. In particular, we find evidence that the outflows are due to in situ acceleration, where clouds are driven off the original fueling flow by radiation pressure and/or entrainment in a highly-ionized wind. This would explain the S-shaped NLR in Mrk 3, although an alternative explanation is that the outflow has a strong component of rotation. We can resolve this issue and probe the connection between fueling flows and outflows in AGN by using NIFS on \it Gemini North to obtain kinematic maps of the ionized gas and molecular gas.


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