Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 544A, 129-129 (2012/8-1)
Is IRAS 01072+4954 a True-Seyfert 2 ? Hints from near-infrared integral field spectroscopy.
VALENCIA-S. M., ZUTHER J., ECKART A., GARCIA-MARIN M., ISERLOHE C. and WRIGHT G.
Abstract (from CDS):
In contrast to the predictions of the unified model, some X-ray unobscured Seyfert 2 galaxies have been discovered in the last decade. One of them, the starburst/Seyfert composite galaxy IRAS 01072+4954 (z=0.0236), has a typical Type-1 X-ray emission, while its optical spectrum resembles an HII galaxy and lacks the expected broad lines. We performed near-infrared integral-field observations of this object with the aim to determine the nature of its nuclear emission and to find indications for the existence or absence of a broad-line region. Several reasons have been proposed to explain this peculiar emission. We studied the validity of these hypotheses, including the possibility for this galaxy to be a True-Seyfert 2. We found little obscuration toward the nucleus AV=2.5mag, and a nuclear star-formation rate ΣSFR<11.6M_☉/y/kpc2, which is below the average in Seyferts. Unresolved hot-dust emission with T∼1150K seems to indicate the presence of a torus with its axis close to the line of sight. We found that IRAS 01072+4954 hosts a low-mass black hole with an estimated mass of MBH∼105M☉. Its bolometric luminosity is Lbol≃2.5x1042erg/s, which yields a high accretion rate with an Eddington ratio λEdd≃0.2. If the relations found in more massive systems also apply to this case, then IRAS 01072+4954 should show broad emission lines with a FWHMbroad~(400-600)km/s. Indeed, some indications for such narrow broad-line components are seen in our data, but the evidence is not yet conclusive. This source therefore does not seem to be a True-Seyfert 2, but an extreme case of a narrow-line Seyfert 1, which, due to the faintness of the active nucleus, does not have strong FeII emission in the optical.
galaxies: active - galaxies: starburst - galaxies: individual: IRAS 01072+4954 - radiation mechanisms: general - infrared: galaxies
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