Infrared constraints on AGN tori models

Hatziminaoglou, E, Fritz, J, Perez-Fournon, I, Franceschini, A, Hernan-Caballero, A, Afonso-Luis, A, Lonsdale, C, Fang, F, Oliver, S, Rowan-Robinson, M, Shupe, D, Smith, H, Surace, J, Gonzales-Solares, E and The SWIRE Team, (2006) Infrared constraints on AGN tori models. ArXiv Astrophysics, 2006 (03). 0603359.

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Abstract

This work focuses on the properties of dusty tori in active galactic nuclei (AGN) derived from the comparison of SDSS type 1 quasars with mid-Infrared (MIR) counterparts and a new, detailed torus model. The infrared data were taken by the Spitzer Wide-area InfraRed Extragalactic (SWIRE) Survey. Basic model parameters are constraint, such as the density law of the graphite and silicate grains, the torus size and its opening angle. A whole variety of optical depths is supported. The favoured models are those with decreasing density with distance from the centre, while there is no clear tendency as to the covering factor, ie small, medium and large covering factors are almost equally distributed. Based on the models that better describe the observed SEDs, properties such as the accretion luminosity, the mass of dust, the inner to outer radius ratio and the hydrogen column density are computed.

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Additional Information: Franceschini, A.; Hernan-Caballero, A.; Afonso-Luis, A.; Lonsdale, C.; Fang, F.; Rowan-Robinson, M.; Shupe, D.; Smith, H.; Surace, J.; Gonzales-Solares, E.; the SWIRE Team
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:30
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2012 09:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20939
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