The Radius-Luminosity Relationship For Active Galactic Nuclei: The Effect of Host-Galaxy Starlight On Luminosity Measurements. II. The Full Sample of Reverberation-Mapped AGNs
Creators:Bentz, Misty C.
Peterson, Bradley M.
Pogge, Richard W.
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Publisher:American Astronomical Society
Citation:Misty C. Bentz et al, "The Radius-Luminosity Relationship For Active Galactic Nuclei: The Effect of Host-Galaxy Starlight On Luminosity Measurements. II. The Full Sample of Reverberation-Mapped AGNs," The Astrophysical Journal 697, no. 1 (2009), doi:10.1088/0004-637X/697/1/160
We present high-resolution Hubble Space Telescope images of all 35 active galactic nuclei (AGNs) with optical reverberation-mapping results, which we have modeled to create a nucleus-free image of each AGN host galaxy. From the nucleus-free images, we determine the host-galaxy contribution to ground-based spectroscopic luminosity measurements at 5100 Å. After correcting the luminosities of the AGNs for the contribution from starlight, we re-examine the Hβ R_BLR-L relationship. Our best fit for the relationship gives a power-law slope of 0.52 with a range of 0.45-0.59 allowed by the uncertainties. This is consistent with our previous findings, and thus still consistent with the naive assumption that all AGNs are simply luminosity-scaled versions of each other. We discuss various consistency checks relating to the galaxy modeling and starlight contributions, as well as possible systematic errors in the current set of reverberation measurements from which we determine the form of the R_BLR-L relationship.
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