AGN astrometry: A powerful tool for galaxy kinematic studies

2020-01-03T15:27:25Z (GMT) by Kimani, Naftali

The presentation highlights the successes of the high resolution astrometric VLBI observations used for measuring proper motion of galaxies in the Local group. The required high accuracies are only attainable through the use of the phase-referencing technique which require either a compact radio source (AGN) or strong maser emission in the target galaxy and, additionally, some compact extra-galactic radio sources (quasars) to serve as ideal background reference source. The derived proper motions can lead to lower limits on the orbital lower estimates to the mass of the host galaxy, promise a new handle on dynamical models of interacting galaxy systems and offer insights on the spatial distribution of dark matter in the near universe.