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Reverberation Mapping of Optical Emission Lines in Five Active Galaxies

Fausnaugh, M. M. and Adams, S. M. (2017) Reverberation Mapping of Optical Emission Lines in Five Active Galaxies. Astrophysical Journal, 840 (2). Art. No. 97. ISSN 0004-637X.

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We present the first results from an optical reverberation mapping campaign executed in 2014 targeting the active galactic nuclei (AGNs) MCG+08-11-011, NGC 2617, NGC 4051, 3C 382, and Mrk 374. Our targets have diverse and interesting observational properties, including a "changing look" AGN and a broad-line radio galaxy. Based on continuum-Hβ lags, we measure black hole masses for all five targets. We also obtain Hγ and He ii λ4686 lags for all objects except 3C 382. The He ii λ4686 lags indicate radial stratification of the BLR, and the masses derived from different emission lines are in general agreement. The relative responsivities of these lines are also in qualitative agreement with photoionization models. These spectra have extremely high signal-to-noise ratios (100–300 per pixel) and there are excellent prospects for obtaining velocity-resolved reverberation signatures.

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Additional Information:© 2017. The American Astronomical Society. Original content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI. Received 2016 October 1. Accepted 2017 April 3. Published 2017 May 12. M.M.F. acknowledges financial support from a Presidential Fellowship awarded by The Ohio State University Graduate School. NSF grant AST-1008882 supported M.M.F., G.D.R., B.M.P., and R.W.P.; M.C.B. gratefully acknowledges support through NSF CAREER grant AST-1253702 to Georgia State University. K.D.D. is supported by an NSF AAPF fellowship awarded under NSF grant AST-1302093. C.S.K. is supported by NSF grant AST-1515876. K.H. acknowledges support from STFC grant ST/M001296/1. This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program under grant No. DGE-0822215, awarded to C.B.H.; A.M.M. acknowledges the support of NSF grant AST-1211146. M.E. thanks the members of the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics at Georgia Tech, where he was based during the observing campaign, for their warm hospitality. J.S.S. acknowledges CNPq, National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, Brazil. J.T. acknowledges support from NSF grant AST-1411685. Work by S.V. Jr is supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship under grant No. DGE-1343012. Work by W.Z. was supported by NSF grant AST-1516842. T.W.-S.H. is supported by the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, grant No. DE-FG02-97ER25308. E.R.C. and S.M.C. gratefully acknowledge the receipt of research grants from the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. T.T. acknowledges support by the National Science Foundation through grant AST-1412315 "Collaborative Research: New Frontiers in Reverberation Mapping," and by the Packard Foundation through a Packard Research Fellowship. D.J.S. acknowledges support from NSF grants AST-1412504 and AST-1517649. A.J.B. and L.P. have been supported by NSF grant AST-1412693. B.J.S. is supported by NASA through Hubble Fellowship grant HF-51348.001 awarded by the Space Telescope Science Institute that is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., for NASA, under contract NAS 5-26555. This work makes use of observations with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. M.C.B. acknowledges support through grant HST GO-13816 from the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5-26555. This work is based on observations obtained at the MDM Observatory, operated by Dartmouth College, Columbia University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, and the University of Michigan. This paper is partly based on observations collected at the Wise Observatory with the C18 telescope. The C18 telescope and most of its equipment were acquired with a grant from the Israel Space Agency (ISA) to operate a Near-Earth Asteroid Knowledge Center at Tel Aviv University. The Fountainwood Observatory would like to thank the HHMI for its support of science research for undergraduate students at Southwestern University. This research has made use of NASA's Astrophysics Data System, as well as the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED), which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Facilities: McGraw-Hill - MDM Observatory's 1m McGraw-Hill Telescope, HST - , Wise Observatory - , Fountainwood Observatory BYU:0.9m - , CrAO:0.7m - , WIRO - , LCOGT - , SSO:1m. - Software: Astropy (Astropy Collaboration et al. 2013), IRAF (Tody 1986), ISIS (Alard & Lupton 1998), JAVELIN (Zu et al. 2011), mapspec (Fausnaugh 2017), Matplotlib (Hunter 2007), Numpy (van der Walt et al. 2011), Scipy (Oliphant 2007).
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Ohio State UniversityUNSPECIFIED
Georgia State UniversityUNSPECIFIED
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)ST/M001296/1
NSF Graduate Research FellowshipDGE-0822215
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)UNSPECIFIED
NSF Graduate Research FellowshipDGE-1343012
Department of Energy (DOE)DE-FG02-97ER25308
National Research Foundation (South Africa)UNSPECIFIED
David and Lucile Packard FoundationUNSPECIFIED
NASA Hubble FellowshipHF-51348.001
NASANAS 5-26555
NASA Postdoctoral ProgramUNSPECIFIED
NASA Einstein FellowshipUNSPECIFIED
Carnegie-Princeton FellowshipUNSPECIFIED
American Astronomical SocietyUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:galaxies: active; galaxies: individual (MCG+08-11-011, NGC 2617, NGC 4051, 3C 382, Mrk 374)
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Official Citation:M. M. Fausnaugh et al 2017 ApJ 840 97
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