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2020ApJ...890..152M - Astrophys. J., 890, 152-152 (2020/February-3)

Modeling the strongest silicate emission features of local type 1 AGNs.

MARTINEZ-PAREDES M., GONZALEZ-MARTIN O., ESPARZA-ARREDONDO D., KIM M., ALONSO-HERRERO A., KRONGOLD Y., HOANG T., RAMOS ALMEIDA C., ARETXAGA I., DULTZIN D. and HODGSON J.

Abstract (from CDS):

We measure the 10 and 18 µm silicate features in a sample of 67 local (z < 0.1) type 1 active galactic nuclei (AGN) with available Spitzer spectra dominated by nonstellar processes. We find that the 10 µm silicate feature peaks at 10.3–0.9+0.7µm with a strength (Sip = ln fp(spectrum)/fp(continuum)) of 0.11–0.36+0.15, while the 18 µm one peaks at 17.3–0.7+0.4µm with a strength of 0.14–0.06+0.06. We select from this sample sources with the strongest 10 µm silicate strength (σSi10µm_> 0.28, 10 objects). We carry out a detailed modeling of the infrared spectrometer/Spitzer spectra by comparing several models that assume different geometries and dust composition: a smooth torus model, two clumpy torus models, a two-phase medium torus model, and a disk+outflow clumpy model. We find that the silicate features are well modeled by the clumpy model of Nenkova et al., and among all models, those including outflows and complex dust composition are the best. We note that even in AGN-dominated galaxies, it is usually necessary to add stellar contributions to reproduce the emission at the shortest wavelengths.

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Journal keyword(s): Active galactic nuclei - Infrared astronomy - Dust continuum emission - Active galaxies

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