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Self-consistent two-phase AGN torus models. SED library for observers

Siebenmorgen, Ralf and Heymann, Frank and Efstathiou, Andreas (2015) Self-consistent two-phase AGN torus models. SED library for observers. Astronomy & Astrophysics. EDP Sciences. doi: 10.1051/0004-6361/201526034. ISSN 0004-6361.

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We assume that dust near active galactic nuclei (AGNs) is distributed in a torus-like geometry, which can be described as a clumpy medium or a homogeneous disk, or as a combination of the two (i.e. a two-phase medium). The dust particles considered are fluffy and have higher submillimeter emissivities than grains in the diffuse interstellar medium. The dust-photon interaction is treated in a fully self-consistent three-dimensional radiative transfer code. We provide an AGN library of spectral energy distributions (SEDs). Its purpose is to quickly obtain estimates of the basic parameters of the AGNs, such as the intrinsic luminosity of the central source, the viewing angle, the inner radius, the volume filling factor and optical depth of the clouds, and the optical depth of the disk midplane, and to predict the flux at yet unobserved wavelengths. The procedure is simple and consists of finding an element in the library that matches the observations. We discuss the general properties of the models and in particular the 10 µm silicate band. The AGN library accounts well for the observed scatter of the feature strengths and wavelengths of the peak emission. AGN extinction curves are discussed and we find that there is no direct one-to-one link between the observed extinction and the wavelength dependence of the dust cross sections. We show that objects in the library cover the observed range of mid-infrared colors of known AGNs. The validity of the approach is demonstrated by matching the SEDs of a number of representative objects: Four Seyferts and two quasars for which hyperluminous infrared galaxy. Strikingly, for the five luminous GN models fit the SED without needing to postulate starburst activity.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/98227/
Document Type:Article
Title:Self-consistent two-phase AGN torus models. SED library for observers
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Journal or Publication Title:Astronomy & Astrophysics
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:EDP Sciences
Keywords:Galaxies: active – Radiative transfer – Galaxies: quasars: general – Galaxies: Seyfert – Methods: numerical – Astronomical databases: SED library
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Communication and Navigation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R KN - Kommunikation und Navigation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Verläßliche Navigation (old)
Location: Neustrelitz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Communication and Navigation > Nautical Systems
Deposited By: Heymann, Dr. Frank
Deposited On:03 Dec 2015 14:04
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:55

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