2024年7月23日, 星期二

【DoA Seminar】June 25th by Xinyu Mai

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Date
06.25.2024 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Title: A detailed look at the structure in the inner few parsecs of the Galactic Center  

Speaker: Xinyu Mai   

 

Abstract: The Circumnuclear Disk (CND) is a ring of dense gas that lies within 2-5 parsecs of the Milky Way’s central supermassive black hole. The CND (M ~ 10,000 M_Sun) is the closest major reservoir of matter that could accrete onto the black hole, making it a crucial laboratory for understanding how central concentrations of gas drive inflows and correlate with central activity over cosmic time. We present preliminary maps of the CND with 1.5” (0.06 pc) resolution made from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) observations of two high-density tracers, SO and CH3OH. By analyzing these molecular line observations, we resolve individual gas clumps and filamentary features, infer their relations to the ionized gas in Sgr A West and possible interactions with two nearby giant molecular clouds. We perform a kinematic decomposition of the ALMA data using a newly developed Python implementation of the spectral line fitting algorithm SCOUSE. We fit the spectra with individual Gaussian profiles to model the full complexity of spectral lines in this source. This allows us to separate the CND into individual, kinematically distinct components, and measure where the gas is located, how fast it is moving, and follow its physical conditions as it gets closer to the black hole. The detailed analysis enabled by these observations will allow us to ultimately understand how similar structures arise in other nearby galaxies and impact the physics of black hole growth.  

   

Bio: Xinyu Mai - a graduate researcher working with Dr. Elizabeth Mills at the Nearby Galaxies Lab of the University of Kansas. Our research focuses on studying the properties of the gas in the center of our galaxy and other nearby galaxies. We observe spectral lines from a range of molecules and try to figure out how much gas is present, where it is located, how it is moving, and its temperature, density, and chemical composition.  

 

Time: 15:30-16:30, 25/June, Tuesday 

 

Venue: Room 506 (large seminar room), Department of Astronomy