Astron. J., 149, 203 (2015/June-0)
Mining for dust in type 1 quasars.
KRAWCZYK C.M., RICHARDS G.T., GALLAGHER S.C., LEIGHLY K.M., HEWETT P.C., ROSS N.P. and HALL P.B.
Abstract (from CDS):
We explore the extinction/reddening of ∼35,000 uniformly selected quasars with 0 < z ≤ 5.3 in order to better understand their intrinsic optical/ultraviolet (UV) spectral energy distributions. Using rest-frame optical-UV photometry taken from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey's (SDSS) 7th data release, cross-matched to WISE in the mid-infrared, 2MASS and UKIDSS in the near-infrared, and GALEX in the UV, we isolate outliers in the color distribution and find them well described by an SMC-like reddening law. A hierarchical Bayesian model with a Markov Chain Monte Carlo sampling method was used to find distributions of power law indices and E(B-V) consistent with both the broad absorption line (BAL) and non-BAL samples. We find that, of the ugriz color-selected type 1 quasars in SDSS, 2.5% (13%) of the non-BAL (BAL) sample are consistent with E(B-V) > 0.1 and 0.1% (1.3%) with E(B-V) > 0.2. Simulations show both populations of quasars are intrinsically bluer than the mean composite, with a mean spectral index (αλ) of -1.79 (-1.83). The emission and absorption-line properties of both samples reveal that quasars with intrinsically red continua have narrower Balmer lines and stronger high-ionization emission lines, the latter indicating a harder continuum in the extreme-UV and the former pointing to differences in black hole mass and/or orientation.
dust, extinction - infrared: galaxies - methods: statistical - quasars: absorption lines - quasars: emission lines - quasars: general
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erratum vol. 151, art. 20 (2016)
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