Heino Falcke - Pretty Pictures
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Heino Falcke - Some pretty (scientific) pictures

Here are a few pretty pictures from our paper on Seyfert galaxies. You can download and use them provided, you properly acknowledge their origin.

Seyfert Galaxies

Related papers: HST Pictures: (a more popular and more detailed draft figure caption is also available)
  1. The narrow emission line region (NLR) of the Seyfert galaxies Mrk 573 and ESO 428-G14. This is hot gas of several 10.000 K temperature ionized by a "central engine" - most likely an accreting black hole.

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  2. When adding the radio maps it becomes clear that the "funny" shapes of the NLR are produced by a hot plasma "jet" consisting of highly relativistic, synchrotron radiation emitting electrons, only visible to radio telescopes, and wrestling with the gas in the center of the galaxy.

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  3. Comparing two filters and constructing an excitation map ([OIII]/Halpha) of the gas, one can see that the highly ionized gas is concentrated in a fan-shaped geometry (or excitation cone) - thus tracing the beamed radiation from the black hole in the center

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