Dusty tori of seyfert nuclei probed by the water vapor maser emission: How large are the dusty tori?

Yoshiaki Taniguchi, Takashi Murayama

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Abstract

Geometrical and physical properties of dusty tori of Seyfert nuclei probed by the water vapor maser emission at 22 GHz are discussed. We assume that the dusty torus has a simple cylindrical form, and that the maser emission can be detected only when we observe the torus from almost edge-on views. The observed low frequency of occurrence of the water vapor maser emission (less than 10%) suggests that the torus is a vertically thin cylinder whose outer radius between a few parsecs and 10 pc. However, the observed masing regions are concentrated in the inner 1 pc regions of the torus. A possible explanation for this property is that only the inner a few pc regions have physical conditions enough to cause the maser emission; the temperature is as high as several hundred K, and the density is as high as 1010 cm-3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L25-L28
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Volume501
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Jul 1

Keywords

  • Galaxies: Seyfert
  • Galaxies: active
  • ISM: molecules
  • Infrared: galaxies
  • Masers
  • Radio lines: galaxies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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