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LLAMA : normal star formation efficiencies of molecular gas in the centres of luminous Seyfert galaxies.

Rosario, D. J. and Burtscher, L. and Davies, R. I. and Koss, M. and Ricci, C. and Lutz, D. and Riffel, R. and Alexander, D. M. and Genzel, R. and Hicks, E. H. and Lin, M.-Y. and Maciejewski, W. and Müller-Sánchez, F. and Orban de Xivry, G. and Riffel, R. A. and Schartmann, M. and Schawinski, K. and Schnorr-Müller, A. and Saintonge, A. and Shimizu, T. and Sternberg, A. and Storchi-Bergmann, T. and Sturm, E. and Tacconi, L. and Treister, E. and Veilleux, S. (2018) 'LLAMA : normal star formation efficiencies of molecular gas in the centres of luminous Seyfert galaxies.', Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society., 473 (4). pp. 5658-5679.


Using new Atacama Pathfinder Experiment and James Clerk Maxwell Telescope spectroscopy of the CO 2→1 line, we undertake a controlled study of cold molecular gas in moderately luminous (Lbol = 1043–44.5 erg s−1) active galactic nuclei (AGN) and inactive galaxies from the Luminous Local AGN with Matched Analogs (LLAMA) survey. We use spatially resolved infrared photometry of the LLAMA galaxies from 2MASS, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer the Infrared Astronomical Satellite and the Herschel Space Observatory (Herschel), corrected for nuclear emission using multicomponent spectral energy distribution fits, to examine the dust-reprocessed star formation rates, molecular gas fractions and star formation efficiencies (SFEs) over their central 1–3 kpc. We find that the gas fractions and central SFEs of both active and inactive galaxies are similar when controlling for host stellar mass and morphology (Hubble type). The equivalent central molecular gas depletion times are consistent with the discs of normal spiral galaxies in the local Universe. Despite energetic arguments that the AGN in LLAMA should be capable of disrupting the observable cold molecular gas in their central environments, our results indicate that nuclear radiation only couples weakly with this phase. We find a mild preference for obscured AGN to contain higher amounts of central molecular gas, which suggests connection between AGN obscuration and the gaseous environment of the nucleus. Systems with depressed SFEs are not found among the LLAMA AGN. We speculate that the processes that sustain the collapse of molecular gas into dense pre-stellar cores may also be a prerequisite for the inflow of material on to AGN accretion discs.

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Publisher statement:This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society © 2017 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Date accepted:06 October 2017
Date deposited:22 February 2018
Date of first online publication:13 October 2017
Date first made open access:22 February 2018

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