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17 Nov 2017

The stellar orbit distribution in present-day galaxies inferred from the CALIFA survey

Galaxy formation entails the hierarchical assembly of mass, along with the condensation of baryons and the ensuing, self-regulating star formation. The stars form a collisionless system whose orbit distribution retains dynamical memory that can constrain a galaxy's formation history. The ordered-rotation dominated orbits with near maximum circularity $\lambda_z \simeq1$ and the random-motion dominated orbits with low circularity $\lambda_z \simeq0$ are called kinematically cold and kinematicall...

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16 Nov 2017

Hitomi Observation of Radio Galaxy NGC 1275: The First X-ray Microcalorimeter Spectroscopy of Fe-Kα Line Emission from an Active Galactic Nucleus

The origin of the narrow Fe-K{\alpha} fluorescence line at 6.4 keV from active galactic nuclei has long been under debate; some of the possible sites are the outer accretion disk, the broad line region, a molecular torus, or interstellar/intracluster media. In February-March 2016, we performed the first X-ray microcalorimeter spectroscopy with the Soft X-ray Spectrometer (SXS) onboard the Hitomi satellite of the Fanaroff-Riley type I radio galaxy NGC 1275 at the center of the Perseus cluster of...

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15 Nov 2017

GW170608: Observation of a 19-solar-mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence

On June 8, 2017 at 02:01:16.49 UTC, a gravitational-wave signal from the merger of two stellar-mass black holes was observed by the two Advanced LIGO detectors with a network signal-to-noise ratio of 13. This system is the lightest black hole binary so far observed, with component masses $12^{+7}_{-2}\,M_\odot$ and $7^{+2}_{-2}\,M_\odot$ (90% credible intervals). These lie in the range of measured black hole masses in low-mass X-ray binaries, thus allowing us to compare black holes detected thr...

20 Nov 2017

Chandra Imaging of the Outer Accretion Flow onto the Black Hole at the Center of the Perseus Cluster

Nowhere is black hole feedback seen in sharper relief than in the Perseus cluster of galaxies. Owing to a combination of astrophysical and instrumental challenges, however, it can be difficult to study the black hole accretion that powers feedback into clusters of galaxies. Recent observations with Hitomi have resolved the narrow Fe K-alpha line associated with accretion onto the black hole in NGC 1275 (3C 84), the active galaxy at the center of Perseus. The width of that line indicates the flu...

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