Astrophys. J., Suppl. Ser., 143, 257-276 (2002/December-0)
Emission line properties of active galactic nuclei from a pre-COSTAR faint object spectrograph Hubble space telescope spectral atlas.
KURASZKIEWICZ J.K., GREEN P.J., FORSTER K., ALDCROFT T.L., EVANS I.N. and KORATKAR A.
Abstract (from CDS):
UV/optical emission lines offer some of the most detailed information obtainable about the intrinsic properties of quasars. Studies of the density, ionization and metal abundance of gas near the accreting black hole are probed through an intriguing but poorly understood complex of correlations between emission lines and overall quasar spectral energy distributions that has long suffered from a lack of large, consistently measured samples. As part of a broader effort to expand and systematize the data upon which these studies are built, we present measurements of the UV/optical emission line parameters in a sample of 158 active galactic nuclei observed with the Faint Object Spectrograph on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), prior to the installation of COSTAR. We use an automated technique that accounts for galactic reddening, includes iron emission blends, galactic and intrinsic absorption lines, and performs multicomponent fits to the emission line profiles. We present measured line parameters (equivalent width and FWHM) for a large number (28) of different UV/optical lines, including upper limits for undetected lines. We also study the relations between the emission line equivalent widths and luminosity (the Baldwin effect), as well as redshift (evolution). We compare results from this HST FOS sample with our previous measurements of 993 QSOs in the Large Bright Quasar Survey using the same analysis technique and sum the samples to achieve better coverage of the luminosity-redshift plane. We confirm a significant Baldwin effect for UV iron emission from Green et al. and find that evolution dominates the effect for iron and for Si IV emission. The values of the Baldwin effect slopes for all UV emission lines and the dependence of the slopes on the sample's luminosity range point to a change of the SED as the cause of the Baldwin effect in the FOS sample.
Galaxies: Active - Galaxies: Quasars: Emission Lines - Galaxies: Quasars: General - Ultraviolet: Galaxies
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