arXiv: Astrophysics

Emission Line Properties of Seyfert 2 Nuclei

Publication Date Oct 26, 2005


We present a study of the global properties of Joguet's sample of 65 Seyfert 2 galaxies. We use the population synthesis models of our Paper II to derive `pure' emission-line spectra, and thus explore the statistical properties of the nuclear nebular components and their relation to the stellar populations. We find that the emission line clouds suffer substantially more extinction than the starlight, and confirm the correlations between stellar and nebular velocity dispersions and between emission line luminosity and velocity dispersions. Nuclear luminosities correlate with stellar velocity dispersions. Removing the contribution of young stars to the optical continuum produces a tighter and steeper relation, $L \propto \sigma_\star^4$, consistent with the Faber-Jackson law. Emission line ratios indicative of the gas excitation such as [OIII]/H$\beta$ and [OIII]/[OII] are statistically smaller for Seyferts with significant star-formation, implying that ionization by massive stars is responsible for a substantial, and sometimes even a dominant, fraction of the H$\beta$ and [OII] fluxes. We use our models to constrain the maximum fraction of the ionizing power that can be generated by a hidden AGN. We correlate this fraction with classical indicators of AGN photo-ionization: X-ray luminosity and nebular excitation, but find no significant correlations. Thus, while there is a strong contribution of starbursts to the excitation of the nuclear nebular emission in low-luminosity Seyferts, the contribution of the hidden AGN remains ...


Stellar Velocity Dispersions Seyfert 2 Galaxies Velocity Dispersions Emission-line Spectra Emission Line Low-luminosity Seyferts Emission Line Luminosity Nebular Excitation Hidden AGN Stellar Populations

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