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Near-infrared coronal lines in narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxies

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Near-infrared coronal lines in narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxies

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Título Near-infrared coronal lines in narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxies
Autor Rodriguez-Ardila, Alberto
Viegas, Sueli Maria Marino
Pastoriza, Miriani Griselda
Prato, Lisa A.
Abstract We report spectroscopic observations in the wavelength region 0.8–2.4 μm aimed at detecting near-infrared coronal lines in a sample of five narrow-line and one broad-line Seyfert 1 galaxies. Our measurements show that [Si vI] 1.963 μm, [S Ix] 1.252 μm, and [S vIII] 0.991 μm are present in most of the objects and are useful tracers of nuclear activity. Line ratios between coronal and low-ionization forbidden lines are larger in narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxies. A positive correlation between FHWMand ionization potential of the forbidden lines is observed. Some coronal lines have widths similar to those of lines emitted in the broad-line region (BLR), indicating that part of their flux originates in gas close to the outer portions of the BLR. Most coronal lines are blueshifted relative to the systemic velocity of the galaxy, and this shift increases with the increase in line width. Asymmetries toward the blue are observed in the profiles of high-ionization Fe lines, suggesting that the emitting gas is related to winds or outflows, most probably originating in material that is being evaporated from the torus. This scenario is supported by models that combine the effects of shock ionization and photoionization by a central continuum source in the gas clouds. The agreement between the coronal line emission predicted by the models and the observations is satisfactory; the models reproduced the whole range of coronal line intensities observed. We also report the detection of [Fe xIII] 1.074, 1.079 μm in three of our objects and the first detection of [P II] 1.188 μm and [Ni II] 1.191 μm in a Seyfert 1 galaxy, Ark 564. Using the ratio [P II]/[Fe II], we deduced that most Fe present in the outer narrow-line region of Ark 564 is locked up in grains and that the influence of shocks is negligible.
Contido em The astrophysical journal. Chicago. Vol. 579, no. 1, pt. 1 (Nov. 2002), p. 214-226
Assunto Astronomia infravermelha
Espectros astronômicos
Galaxias seyfert
Nucleo galatico
[en] Galaxies: active
[en] galaxies: nuclei
[en] Galaxies: seyfert
[en] Infrared: galaxies
[en] Radiation mechanisms: thermal
Origem Estrangeiro
Tipo Artigo de periódico
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10183/108907
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