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2005A&A...442L..39H - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 442, L39-43 (2005/11-2)

Spitzer IRS spectroscopy of 3CR radio galaxies and quasars: testing the unified schemes.

HAAS M., SIEBENMORGEN R., SCHULZ B., KRUEGEL E. and CHINI R.

Abstract (from CDS):

With the Spitzer Space Telescope Infrared Spectrograph (IRS) we have observed seven powerful FR2 radio galaxies and seven quasars. Both samples, the galaxies and the quasars, are comparable in isotropic 178MHz luminosity (1026.5W/Hz≲P178MHz≲1029.5W/Hz) and in redshift range (0.05≲z≲1.5). We find for both samples similar distributions in the luminosity ratios of high- to low-excitation lines ([NeV]14.3µm/[NeII]12.8µm) and of high-excitation line to radio power ([NeV]24.3µm/P178MHz). This solves the long debate about the apparent difference of quasars and radio galaxies in favor of the orientation-dependent unified schemes. Furthermore, the luminosity ratio [OIII]500.7nm/[OIV]25.9µm of most galaxies is by a factor of ten lower than that of the quasars. This suggests that the optical emission from the central NLR is essentially absorbed (AV>3) in the powerful FR2 galaxies and that the [OIII]500.7nm luminosity does not serve as isotropic tracer for testing the unified schemes.

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

Simbad objects: 14

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