AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 79 AGN Jets
Poster, Tuesday, 9:20am-6:30pm, January 10, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[79.08] The mid-infrared emissions of M87

E. S. Perlman (UMBC), R. Mason (Gemini Observatory), C. C. Packham, J. Schaefer (University of Florida), J. Radomski (Gemini Observatory), M. Imanishi (NAO. Japan)

We discuss diffraction limited observations of M87 in the mid-infrared. Our previous work showed that at N band the nucleus of M87 is dominated by the AGN point-source, but was marginally resolved. Emission from the jet and nucleus were modeled as synchrotron radiation. Here we concentrate on the nucleus, using more recent mid-IR imaging and spectroscopy. We find that a single-component synchrotron model cannot account for the IR continuum seen from the nucleus. We discuss the possibility of dust emission and/or absorption from M87, model the emission line features, and consider implications for AGN unified schemes.

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