Radio Jets as Driving Mechanism of Fast Outflows: The HI View

Raffaella Morganti, Filippo Maccagni, Tom Oosterloo, Robert Schulz, Francesco Santoro

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The complex and multi-phase nature of gas outflows is one of the properties highlighted by the work in recent years on AGN-driven outflows. In particular, the cold gas is found to play a more important role than previously expected. Surprisingly, HI has been shown to be a good tracer of fast outflows. In radio AGN, we can trace these outflows by looking at HI in absorption. I will present the results from a survey (done with the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope) of radio sources up to z = 0.2, which has allowed us to explore, for the first time in a systematic way, the occurrence of HI outflows. A number of new cases have been found, showing outflow velocity up to about 1000 km/s. We have followed up some interesting cases with HI observations at high spatial resolution (reaching the pc scale with VLBI). In this way, we have located the region(s) where the HI outflows occur and investigated the role of the radio jets as driving mechanism. This relatively shallow survey was done in preparation of the upcoming "blind" surveys about to start with SKA pathfinders (Apertif, ASKAP, MeerKat). These surveys will allow two important steps forward: build up much better statistics of the HI outflows, and extend this search to higher redshifts to investigate whether any evolution is seen in their occurrence and properties. I will summarise the status of these projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Galaxy Ecosystem. Flow of Baryons through Galaxies, Proceedings of the conference
Publication statusPublished - 17-Aug-2017
EventESO conference: The Galaxy Ecosystem. Flow of Baryons Through Galaxies - Garching, Germany
Duration: 24-Jul-201728-Jul-2017


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