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2004MNRAS.349..503G - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 349, 503-517 (2004/April-1)

Implications for unified schemes from the quasar fraction and emission-line luminosities in radio-selected samples.

GRIMES J.A., RAWLINGS S. and WILLOTT C.J.

Abstract (from CDS):

We use a principal components analysis of radio-selected (3CRR, 6CE and 7CRS) active galactic nuclei (AGN) data sets to define two parameters related to low-frequency (151-MHz) radio luminosity L151and [Oiii] luminosity L[Oiii]: a parameter α encoding the L151-L[Oiii]correlation and a parameter β encoding scatter about this correlation. We describe methods for constructing generalized luminosity functions (GLFs) based on α, β, redshift and schemes for unifying quasars and radio galaxies. These GLFs can be used to generate radio luminosity functions (RLFs) which improve on those of Willott et al. (2001a), mostly because they incorporate scatter and are therefore much smoother.

Luminosity-dependent unified schemes (e.g. a receding-torus scheme) have been invoked to explain the low quasar-to-radio galaxy fraction at low α and the differences in emission-line luminosities of radio quasars and radio galaxies. With the constraints of the 3CRR, 6CE and 7CRS data sets and radio source counts, our GLF approach was used to determine whether a receding-torus-like scheme is required if there are two populations of radio sources: one at low α, consisting of `starved AGN'; the other at high α, consisting of `Eddington-tuned AGN'. Because of the overlap between these two populations and the effects of the β parameter, schemes with or without a receding torus can produce a low quasar fraction at low α and differences in [Oiii] luminosity between radio galaxies and quasars. The receding torus may be a physical process important in one or more populations of radio sources, but this is not yet proved either by the quasar fraction or the emission-line properties of radio-selected samples.


Abstract Copyright: 2004 RAS

Journal keyword(s): galaxies: active - galaxies: evolution - quasars: general

Simbad objects: 71

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