Herschel-SPIRE observations of the disturbed galaxy NGC 4438

L. Cortese, G. J. Bendo, A. Boselli, J. I. Davies, H. L. Gomez, M. Pohlen, R. Auld, M. Baes, J. J. Bock, M. Bradford, V. Buat, N. Castro-Rodriguez, P. Chanial, S. Charlot, L. Ciesla, D. L. Clements, A. Cooray, D. Cormier, E. Dwek, S. A. EalesD. Elbaz, M. Galametz, F. Galliano, W. K. Gear, J. Glenn, M. Griffin, S. Hony, K. G. Isaak, L. R. Levenson, N. Lu, S. Madden, B. O'Halloran, K. Okumura, S. Oliver, M. J. Page, P. Panuzzo, A. Papageorgiou, T. J. Parkin, I. Perez-Fournon, N. Rangwala, E. E. Rigby, H. Roussel, A. Rykala, N. Sacchi, M. Sauvage, B. Schulz, M. R. P. Schirm, M. W. L. Smith, L. Spinoglio, Jason Stevens, S. Srinivasan, M. Symeonidis, M. Trichas, M. Vaccari, L. Vigroux, C. D. Wilson, H. Wozniak, G. S. Wright, W. W. Zeilinger

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Abstract

We present Herschel-SPIRE observations of the perturbed galaxy NGC 4438 in the Virgo cluster. These images reveal the presence of extra-planar dust up to ~4–5 kpc away from the galaxy's disk. The dust closely follows the distribution of the stripped atomic and molecular hydrogen, supporting the idea that gas and dust are perturbed in a similar fashion by the cluster environment. Interestingly, the extra-planar dust lacks a warm temperature component when compared to the material still present in the disk, explaining why it was missed by previous far-infrared investigations. Our study provides evidence for dust stripping in clusters of galaxies and illustrates the potential of Herschel data for our understanding of environmental effects on galaxy evolution.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberL63
Number of pages5
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Volume518
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2010

Keywords

  • galaxies: evolution, galaxies: individual: NGC 4438, infrared: galaxies, dust, extinction

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