The subarcsecond mid-infrared view of local active galactic nuclei - I. The N- and Q-band imaging atlas(star)

Asmus, D., Hoenig, S. F., Gandhi, P., Smette, A. and Duschl, Wolfgang (2014) The subarcsecond mid-infrared view of local active galactic nuclei - I. The N- and Q-band imaging atlas(star) Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 439 (2). pp. 1648-1679.

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We present the first subarcsecond-resolution mid-infrared (MIR) atlas of local active galactic nuclei (AGN). Our atlas contains 253 AGN with a median redshift of z = 0.016, and includes all publicly available MIR imaging performed to date with ground-based 8-m class telescopes, a total of 895 independent measurements. Of these, more than 60 per cent are published here for the first time. We detect extended nuclear emission in at least 21 per cent of the objects, while another 19 per cent appear clearly point-like, and the remaining objects cannot be constrained. Where present, elongated nuclear emission aligns with the ionization cones in Seyferts. Subarcsecond resolution allows us to isolate the AGN emission on scales of a few tens of parsecs and to obtain nuclear photometry in multiple filters for the objects. Median spectral energy distributions (SEDs) for the different optical AGN types are constructed and individual MIR 12 and 18 mu m continuum luminosities are computed. These range over more than six orders of magnitude. In comparison to the arcsecond-scale MIR emission as probed by Spitzer, the continuum emission is much lower on subarcsecond scales in many cases. The silicate feature strength is similar on both scales and generally appears in emission (absorption) in type I (II) AGN. However, the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon emission appears weaker or absent on subarcsecond scales. The differences of the MIR SEDs on both scales are particularly large for AGN/starburst composites and close-by (and weak) AGN. The nucleus dominates over the total emission of the galaxy only at luminosities greater than or similar to 10(44) erg s(-1). The AGN MIR atlas is well suited not only for detailed investigation of individual sources but also for statistical studies of AGN unification.

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: Times Cited: 5 0 5
Research affiliation: OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
ISSN: 0035-8711
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2015 11:57
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2015 11:57

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