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2017A&A...604L...3H - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 604, L3-3 (2017/8-1)

Polarization of the changing-look quasar J1011+5442.

HUTSEMEKERS D., AGIS GONZALEZ B., SLUSE D., RAMOS ALMEIDA C. and ACOSTA PULIDO J.-A.

Abstract (from CDS):

If the disappearance of the broad emission lines observed in changing-look quasars were caused by the obscuration of the quasar core through moving dust clouds in the torus, high linear polarization typical of type 2 quasars would be expected. We measured the polarization of the changing-look quasar J1011+5442 in which the broad emission lines have disappeared between 2003 and 2015. We found a polarization degree compatible with null polarization. This measurement suggests that the observed change of look is not due to a change of obscuration hiding the continuum source and the broad line region, and that the quasar is seen close to the system axis. Our results thus support the idea that the vanishing of the broad emission lines in J1011+5442 is due to an intrinsic dimming of the ionizing continuum source that is most likely caused by a rapid decrease in the rate of accretion onto the supermassive black hole.

Abstract Copyright: © ESO, 2017

Journal keyword(s): quasars: emission lines - quasars: general - quasars: general

Simbad objects: 43

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