Diffraction-Limited Subaru Imaging of M 82: Sharp Mid-Infrared View of the Starburst Core*

  title={Diffraction-Limited Subaru Imaging of M 82: Sharp Mid-Infrared View of the Starburst Core*},
  author={P Gandhi and Naoki Isobe and Mark Birkinshaw and D. M. Worrall and Itsuki Sakon and Kazushi Iwasawa and Aya Bamba},
  journal={Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan},
We present new imaging at 12.81 and 11.7 � m of the central � 40 00 � 30 00 (� 0.7 kpc � 0.5 kpc) of the starburst galaxy M 82. The observations were carried out with the COMICS mid-infrared (mid-IR) imager on the 8.2 m Subaru Telescope, and are diffraction-limited at an angular resolution of <0: 00 4. The images show extensive diffuse structures, including a 7 00 -long linear chimneylike feature and another resembling the edges of a ruptured bubble. This is the clearest view to date of the… 
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