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Title:
Seyfert galaxies with weak broad H alpha emission lines
Authors:
Osterbrock, D. E.
Affiliation:
AA(Lick Observatory, Santa Cruz, CA; Yerkes Observatory, Chicago, IL)
Publication:
Astrophysical Journal, Part 1, vol. 249, Oct. 15, 1981, p. 462-470. (ApJ Homepage)
Publication Date:
10/1981
Category:
Astronomy
Origin:
STI
NASA/STI Keywords:
Emission Spectra, H Alpha Line, H Beta Line, Seyfert Galaxies, Spectrophotometry, Astronomical Photometry, Forbidden Bands, Ionization, Radio Galaxies, Spectrum Analysis, Tables (Data)
DOI:
10.1086/159306
Bibliographic Code:
1981ApJ...249..462O

Abstract

Spectrophotometric measurements show five galaxies with strong narrow emission lines combined with weak, broad H-alpha and H-beta components to have line and continuum spectral properties intermediate between those of Seyfert 1 and Seyfert 2 galaxies. Because they are closer to the latter, they are called Seyfert 1.8 and Seyfert 1.9, depending on the presence of broad H-beta emissions in the scans. The observed intensity ratios of the broad H-alpha/H-beta emission lines are large compared with those of typical Seyfert 1 galaxies, suggesting the importance of dust in the broad-line regions. Narrow-line spectra of the Seyfert 1.8 and 1.9 are found to have low ionization, implying that their narrow-line region is reached by few high-energy photons. Emphasis is placed on the correlation between a strong, featureless continuum and broad H I emission lines in Seyfert and radio galaxies.

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