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The host galaxies of luminous type 2 agns at z ? 0.3-0.4

Abstract: We study the morphological and structural properties of the host galaxies associated with 57 optically selected luminous type 2 active galactic nuclei (AGNs) at z ? 0.3-0.4: 16 high-luminosity Seyfert 2 [HLSy2, 8.0 ? log(L[O III]/L) < 8.3] and 41 obscured [QSO2, log(L[O III]/L) ? 8.3] quasars. With this work, the total number of QSO2s at z < 1 with parametrized galaxies increases from ?35 to 76. Our analysis is based on Hubble Space Telescope WFPC2 and ACS images that we fit with GALFIT. HLSy2s and QSO2s show a wide diversity of galaxy hosts. The main difference lies in the higher incidence of highly disturbed systems among QSO2s. This is consistent with a scenario in which galaxy interactions are the dominant mechanism triggering nuclear activity at the highest AGN power. There is a strong dependence of galaxy properties with AGN power (assuming L[O III] is an adequate proxy). The relative contribution of the spheroidal component to the total galaxy light (B/T) increases with L[O III]. While systems dominated by the spheroidal component spread across the total range of L[O III], most disc-dominated galaxies concentrate at log(L[O III]/L) <8.6. This is expected if more powerful AGNs are powered by more massive black holes which are hosted by more massive bulges or spheroids. The average galaxy sizes (re) are 5.0 ± 1.5 kpc for HLSy2s and 3.9 ± 0.6 kpc for HLSy2s and QSO2s, respectively. These are significantly smaller than those found for QSO1s and narrow-line radio galaxies at similar z. We put the results of our work in the context of related studies of AGNs with quasar-like luminosities.

 Autoría: Urbano-Mayorgas J., Martin M., Buitrago F., Lopez J., Del Pino B., Koekemoer A., Huertas-Company M., Do?inguez-Tenreiro R., Carrera F., Tadhunter C.,

 Fuente: MNRAS 483, 1829?1849 (2019)

 Editorial: Oxford University Press

 Fecha de publicación: 01/02/2019

 Nº de páginas: 21

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty2910

 ISSN: 0035-8711,1365-2966

 Proyecto español: AYA2012-32295

 Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/sty2910

Autoría

URBANO MAYORGAS, J. J.

VILLAR MARTÍN, M.

BUITRAGO, F.

PIQUERAS LÓPEZ, J.

RODRÍGUEZ DEL PINO, B.

KOEKEMOER, A. M.

HUERTAS COMPANY, M.

DOMÍNGUEZ TENREIRO, R.