AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 105 Dwarf, Irregular, LUM IR and Starburst Galaxies
Oral, Wednesday, January 7, 2004, 2:00-3:30pm, Regency VII

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[105.03] Imaging the Central Starburst in the Gigamaser Galaxy TXS2226-184

G. B. Taylor (NRAO), A.B. Peck (CfA/SMA), J.S. Ulvestad (NRAO), C.P. O'Dea (STScI)

We present VLBA observations of the Gigamaser galaxy TXS2226-184 at 6 and 21cm. These observations reveal the parsec-scale radio structure of this Seyfert galaxy which has exceptionally luminous water maser emission. The radio emission is found to be extended on scales of 10-100 pc with some embedded compact sources, but no readily identifiable flat-spectrum active nucleus. This morphology resembles that of the nearby compact starburst galaxy Mrk 273. The narrow (125 km/s) HI absorption in TXS2226-184 discovered with the VLA is also detected with the VLBA. This HI absorption is distributed across the extended emission, and is probably co-spatial with the water masers. The broad (420 km/s) line seen by the VLA is not detected suggesting that it arises from more extended emssion beyond the central 10s of parsecs.

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