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Herschel-SPIRE observations of the disturbed galaxy NGC 4438 [Letter]

Cortese, Luca, Bendo, G. J., Boselli, A., Davies, Jonathan Ivor, Gomez, Haley Louise, Pohlen, Michael, Auld, Robbie Richard, Baes, M., Bock, J. J., Bradford, M., Buat, V., Castro-Rodriguez, N., Chanial, P., Charlot, S., Ciesla, L., Clements, D. L., Cooray, A., Cormier, D., Dwek, E., Eales, Stephen Anthony, Elbaz, D., Galametz, M., Galliano, F., Gear, Walter Kieran, Glenn, J., Griffin, Matthew Joseph, Hony, S., Isaak, Kate Gudrun, Levenson, L. R., Lu, N., Madden, S., O'Halloran, B., Okumura, K., Oliver, S., Page, M. J., Panuzzo, P., Papageorgiou, Andreas, Parkin, T. J., Perez-Fournon, I., Rangwala, N., Rigby, E. E., Roussel, H., Rykala, Adam John, Sacchi, N., Sauvage, M., Schulz, B., Schirm, M. R. P., Smith, Matthew W., Spinoglio, L., Stevens, J. A., Srinivasan, S., Symeonidis, M., Trichas, M., Vaccari, M., Vigroux, L., Wilson, C. D., Wozniak, H., Wright, G. S. and Zeilinger, W. W. 2010. Herschel-SPIRE observations of the disturbed galaxy NGC 4438 [Letter]. Astronomy and Astrophysics 518 , L63. 10.1051/0004-6361/201014547

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Abstract

We present Herschel-SPIRE observations of the perturbed galaxy NGC 4438 in the Virgo cluster. These images reveal the presence of extra-planar dust up to ~4–5 kpc away from the galaxy's disk. The dust closely follows the distribution of the stripped atomic and molecular hydrogen, supporting the idea that gas and dust are perturbed in a similar fashion by the cluster environment. Interestingly, the extra-planar dust lacks a warm temperature component when compared to the material still present in the disk, explaining why it was missed by previous far-infrared investigations. Our study provides evidence for dust stripping in clusters of galaxies and illustrates the potential of Herschel data for our understanding of environmental effects on galaxy evolution.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: galaxies: evolution ; galaxies: individual: NGC 4438 ; infrared: galaxies ; dust, extinction
Additional Information: Herschel: the first science highlights. Letter to the Editor
Publisher: EDP Sciences
ISSN: 0004-6361
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2018 21:18
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/10978

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