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Title: SUBARU and e-Merlin observations of NGC3718. Diaries of an SMBH recoil?
Author: K. Markakis, J. Dierkes, A. Eckart, S. Nishiyama, S. Britzen, M. García-Marín, M. Horrobin, T. Muxlow, J. A. Zensus

NGC3718 is a LINER L1.9 galaxy, lying at a distance of about ~17.4 Mpc away from earth and its similarities with NGC5128 often award it the name "northern Centaurus A". We use high angular resolution (~100 mas) e-Merlin radio and SUBARU NIR (~170 mas) data, to take a detailed view of the processes taking place in its central region. In order to preserve some objectivity in our interpretation, we combine our results with literature values and findings from previous studies. Our NIR maps suggest, on one hand, that towards the stellar bulge there are no large scale absorption phenomena caused by the apparent dust lane and, on the other, that there is a significant (local) contribution from hot (~1000 K) dust to the nuclear NIR emission. The position where this takes place appears to be closer to the offset compact radio emission from our e-Merlin 6 cm map, lying offset by ~4.25 pc from the center of the underlying stellar bulge. The shape of the radio map suggests the presence of one (or possibly two, forming an X-shape) bipolar structure(s) ~1 (~0.6) arcsec across, which combined with the balance between the gas and the stellar velocity dispersions and the presence of hard X-ray emission, point towards effects expected by AGN feedback. We also argue that NGC3718 has a "core" in its surface brightness profile, despite the fact that it is a gas-rich galaxy and we discuss its mixed photometric and spectroscopic characteristics. The latter combined with the observed spatial and radio offsets, the relative redshift between the broad and the narrow H alpha line, the limited star formation activity and AGN feedback, strongly imply the existence of an SMBH recoil. Finally, we discuss a possible interpretation, that could naturally incorporate all these findings into one physically consistent picture.

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This composite image reveals a surprising number of galaxies both near and far toward the constellation Ursa Major. The most striking is clearly NGC 3718, a warped spiral galaxy found near picture centre.

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A striking pair of spiral galaxies in the constellation of Ursa Major – NGC 3718 (above, right) and NGC 3729 (below centre) – is 52 million light-years distant.


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NGC 3718 has dramatic dust lanes sweeping through its bright central region and extensive but faint spiral arms. Seen about 150 thousand light-years apart, these two galaxies are likely interacting gravitationally, accounting for the warped and peculiar appearance of NGC 3718.
A careful study of the deep image reveals a number of fainter and more distant background galaxies.
A remarkable galaxy grouping known as Hickson Group 56A can be found just to the right of NGC 3718. Hickson Group 56A contains five interacting galaxies and lies over 400 million light-years away.





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