Spitzer Observations of the Dusty Warped Disk of Centaurus A

  title={Spitzer Observations of the Dusty Warped Disk of Centaurus A},
  author={Alice C. Quillen and Mairi H. Brookes and Jocelyn Keene and Daniel K. Stern and Charles R. Lawrence and Michael W. Werner},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  pages={1092 - 1101}
Spitzer mid-infrared images of the dusty warped disk in the galaxy Centaurus A show a parallelogram-shaped structure. We successfully model the observed mid-infrared morphology by integrating the light from an emitting, thin, and warped disk, similar to that inferred from previous kinematic studies. The models with the best match to the morphology lack dust emission within the inner 0.1-0.8 kpc, suggesting that energetic processes near the nucleus have disturbed the inner molecular disk… 

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