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Proposal Information for 2013B-0545


PI: Richard McDermid, Gemini Observatory, rmcdermid@gemini.edu
Address: Gemini Observatory, 670 N. Aohoku Place, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

CoI: Katherine Alatalo, Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
CoI: Timothy Davis, ESO
CoI: Michelle Cluver, Australian Astronomical Observatory

Title: Driving the molecular outflow in NGC1266

Abstract: NGC1266 is a rare nearby example of an otherwise 'normal' early-type galaxy exhibiting a strong outflow of molecular gas, leading to a complete evacuation of cold gas in the next 100Myr, thus providing a unique testbed for understanding galaxy feedback processes. We propose to obtain NIFS+LGS-AO observations to constrain the distribution and excitation mechanism of molecular hydrogen on 20pc scales within the central 500pc of NGC1266. This will provide a direct tracer of the conditions within the molecular outflow, constraining the driving mechanism behind the outflowing gas and shedding light on a key stage of galaxy evolution.


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