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2000MNRAS.317.1023S - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 317, 1023-1028 (2000/October-1)

Infrared photometry of z∼1 3C quasars.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present JHKL' photometry of a complete sample of steep-spectrum radio-loud quasars from the revised 3CR catalogue in the redshift range 0.65≤z<1.20. After correcting for contributions from emission lines and the host galaxies, we investigate their spectral energy distributions (SEDs) around 1µm. About 75per cent of the quasars are tightly grouped in the plane of optical spectral index, αopt, versus near-infrared spectral index, αIR, with the median value of αopt close to the canonical value, and the median αIR slightly flatter. We conclude that the fraction of moderately obscured, red quasars decreases with increasing radio power, in accordance with the `receding torus' model which can also explain the relatively flat median near-infrared spectra of the 3CR quasars. Two of the red quasars have inverted infrared spectral indices, and we suggest that their unusual SEDs might result from a combination of dust-scattered and transmitted quasar light.

Abstract Copyright: 2000, Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): galaxies: active - galaxies: photometry - quasars: general - infrared: galaxies

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