Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 429, 1479-1493 (2013/February-3)
X-ray and multiwavelength insights into the inner structure of high-luminosity disc-like emitters.
LUO B., BRANDT W.N., ERACLEOUS M., WU J., HALL P.B., RAFIEE A., SCHNEIDER D.P. and WU J.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present X-ray and multiwavelength studies of a sample of eight high-luminosity active galactic nuclei (AGN) with disc-like Hβ emission-line profiles selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 7. These sources have higher redshift (z ~ 0.6) than the majority of the known disc-like emitters, and they occupy a largely unexplored space in the luminosity-redshift plane. Seven sources have typical AGN X-ray spectra with power-law photon indices of Γ ~ 1.4-2.0; two of them show some X-ray absorption (column density NH ~ 1021-1022 cm-2 for neutral gas). The other source, J0850+4451, has only three hard X-ray photons detected and is probably heavily obscured (NH ≳ 3x1023 cm-2). This object is also identified as a low-ionization broad absorption line (BAL) quasar based on Mg ii λ2799 absorption; it is the first disc-like emitter reported that is also a BAL quasar. The infrared-to-ultraviolet (UV) spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of these eight sources are similar to the mean SEDs of typical quasars with a UV `bump', suggestive of standard accretion discs radiating with high efficiency, which differs from low-luminosity disc-like emitters. Studies of the X-ray-to-optical power-law slope parameters (αOX) indicate that there is no significant excess X-ray emission in these high-luminosity disc-like emitters. Energy budget analysis suggests that for disc-like emitters in general, the inner disc must illuminate and ionize the outer disc efficiently (~15percent of the nuclear ionizing radiation is required on average) via direct illumination and/or scattering. Warped accretion discs are probably needed for direct illumination to work in high-luminosity objects, as their geometrically thin inner discs decrease the amount of direct illumination possible for a flat disc.
© 2012 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2012)
accretion, accretion discs - line: profiles - galaxies: active - galaxies: nuclei - quasars: emission lines
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