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Revisiting the relationship between 6 µm and 2–10 keV continuum luminosities of AGN

Abstract: We have determined the relation between the AGN luminosities at rest-frame 6 µm associated with the dusty torus emission and at 2–10 keV energies using a complete, X-ray-flux-limited sample of 232 AGN drawn from the Bright Ultra-hard XMM-Newton Survey. The objects have intrinsic X-ray luminosities between 1042 and 1046?erg?s-1 and redshifts from 0.05 to 2.8. The rest-frame 6 µm luminosities were computed using data from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and are based on a spectral energy distribution decomposition into AGN and galaxy emission. The best-fitting relationship for the full sample is consistent with being linear, L6?µm???L0.99±0.032-10keV L2-10keV0.99±0.03, with intrinsic scatter, ? log L6?µm ~ 0.35 dex. The L6µm/L2-10keV L6µm/L2-10keV luminosity ratio is largely independent of the line-of-sight X-ray absorption. Assuming a constant X-ray bolometric correction, the fraction of AGN bolometric luminosity reprocessed in the mid-IR decreases weakly, if at all, with the AGN luminosity, a finding at odds with simple receding torus models. Type 2 AGN have redder mid-IR continua at rest-frame wavelengths <12 µm and are overall ~1.3–2 times fainter at 6 µm than type 1 AGN at a given X-ray luminosity. Regardless of whether type 1 and type 2 AGN have the same or different nuclear dusty toroidal structures, our results imply that the AGN emission at rest-frame 6 µm is not isotropic due to self-absorption in the dusty torus, as predicted by AGN torus models. Thus, AGN surveys at rest-frame ~6 µm are subject to modest dust obscuration biases.

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 Fuente: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 449, iss.2, Pp. 1422-1440 (2015)

Editorial: Oxford University Press

 Fecha de publicación: 01/05/2015

Nº de páginas: 19

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stv299

ISSN: 0035-8711,1365-2966

 Proyecto español: AYA2012-31447

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stv299

Autoría

SILVIA MATEOS IBAÑEZ

ALMUDENA ALONSO HERRERO

ROVILOS, EMMANOUEL

ANTONIO HERNAN CABALLERO

BLAIN, ANDREW W.

CACCIANIGA, ALESSANDRO

DELLA CECA, ROBERTO

SEVERGNINI, PAOLA