The MUSE view of Henize 2-10: no accreting BH but a sparkling starburst

2018-06-12T07:01:53Z (GMT) by Cresci, Giovanni

We present the physical and dynamical properties of the ionized gas in the prototypical HII galaxy Henize 2-10, as derived by just 2’ on source integration with the MUSE integral field spectrometer. The large scale dynamics is dominated by extended outflowing bubbles, probably the results of massive gas ejection from the central star forming regions. We derive a mass outflow rate Mout∼0.30 M⊙ yr−1, corresponding to mass loading factor η∼0.4, in range with local LIRGs.
We use classical emission line diagnostic to study the dust extinction, electron density and ionization conditions all across the galaxy, confirming the extreme nature of the highly star forming knots in the core of the galaxy, which show high density and high ionization parameter. We measure the gas phase metallicity in the galaxy taking into account the strong variation of the ionization parameter, finding that the external parts of the galaxy have abundances as low as 12 + log(O/H) ∼ 8.3, while the central star forming knots are highly enriched with super solar metallicity.

We find no sign of AGN ionization in the galaxy, despite the recent claim of the presence of a super massive active Black Hole in the core of He 2-10. We therefore reanalyze the X-ray data that were used to propose the presence of the AGN, but we conclude that the observed X-ray emission can be better explained with sources of a different nature, such as a Supernova Remnant.




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