Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 483, 2362-2370 (2019/February-3)
WISE view of narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxies: mid-infrared colour and variability.
RAKSHIT S., JOHNSON A., STALIN C.S., GANDHI P. and HOENIG S.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present the colour and flux variability analysis at 3.4 µm (W1 band) and 4.6 µm (W2 band) of 492 narrow-line Seyfert 1 (NLSy1) galaxies using archival data from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). In the WISE colour-colour, (W1 - W2) versus (W2 - W3) diagram, ∼58 per cent of the NLSy1 galaxies of our sample lie in the region occupied by the blazar category of active galactic nuclei (AGNs). The mean W1 - W2 colour of candidate variable NLSy1 galaxies is 0.99 ± 0.18 mag. The average amplitude of variability is 0.11 ± 0.07 mag in long term (multiyear) with no difference in variability between W1 and W2 bands. The W1 - W2 colour of NLSy1 galaxies is anticorrelated with the relative strength of [O III] to Hβ, strongly correlated with continuum luminosity, black hole mass, and Eddington ratio. The long-term amplitude of variability shows weak anticorrelation with the Fe II strength, continuum luminosity and Eddington ratio. A positive correlation between colour as well as the amplitude of variability with the radio power at 1.4 GHz was found for the radio-detected NLSy1 galaxies. This suggests non-thermal synchrotron contribution to the mid-infrared colour and flux variability in radio-detected NLSy1 galaxies.