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2011MNRAS.414..992G - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 414, 992-1010 (2011/June-3)

A serendipitous XMM survey of the SDSS: the evolution of the colour–magnitude diagram of X-ray AGN from z= 0.8 to 0.1.


Abstract (from CDS):

A new serendipitous XMM survey in the area of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey is described (XMM/SDSS), which includes features such as merging of overlapping fields to increase the sensitivity to faint sources, use of a new parametrization of the XMM point spread function for the source detection and photometry and an accurate estimation of the survey sensitivity. About 40 000 X-ray point sources are detected over a total area of 122 deg2. A subsample of 209 sources detected in the 2–8 keV spectral band with SDSS spectroscopic redshifts in the range of 0.03 < z < 0.2, optical magnitudes r < 17.77 mag and {img} (erg/s) is selected to explore their distribution on the colour–magnitude diagram. This is compared with the colour–magnitude diagram of X-ray AGN in the AEGIS field at z ≈ 0.8. We find no evidence for evolution of the rest-frame colours of X-ray AGN hosts from z= 0.8 to 0.1. This suggests that the dominant accretion mode of the AGN population, which is expected to imprint on the properties of their host galaxies, does not change since z= 0.8. This argues against scenarios that attribute the rapid decline of the accretion power of the Universe with time (1 dex since z= 0.8) to changes in the AGN fuelling/triggering mode.

Abstract Copyright: 2011 The Authors Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society2011 RAS

Journal keyword(s): methods: data analysis - galaxies: active - galaxies: Seyfert - X-rays: diffuse background - astronomical data bases: surveys

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