Investigating the properties of low-mass AGN and their connection to unification models.

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The most basic model of active galactic nuclei (AGN) suggest the observational differences between Type 1 and Type 2 objects are solely due to the orientation angle of the object. Although there are still some unanswered questions about the structures surrounding the central engines of the AGN, such as if the obscuring region is due to a dusty torus or an outflowing wind, observations (e.g. the detections of broad lines in the polarized light of some Type 2 objects) have proved consistent with predictions and continue to strengthen the case for unification. However, many are still searching for "true" Type 2 objects. These objects optically look like other Type 2 objects, but instead of having their broad line region blocked from the line-of-sight by the obscuring region, they are believed to lack the broad line region altogether. Others have predicted that at low luminosity or low accretion rate, the broad line region will disappear, leaving all objects to optically look like Type 2 objects, despite their level of intrinsic absorption.;Low-mass (< 106 solar masses) AGN provide interesting environments in which these unification models can be studied. We present an in-depth multi-wavelength study of one of the prototypical low-mass AGN, POX 52, investigating the properties of the central engine along with that of the host galaxy. In addition, we examine the X-ray properties of a sample of Type 2 objects observed with XMM-Newton and the IR properties of a sample of both Type 1 and 2 objects observed with the Spitzer Infrared Spectrograph, in order to study the absorption properties of these objects and test the validity of unification models in the low-mass regime. We find little to no evidence of any "true" Type 2 objects in any of our samples, and show that in all tests preformed, low-mass AGN appear to simply be scaled-down versions of their more massive counterparts, keeping current unification models intact down to the lowest black hole masses probed to date.
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  • BN ID: 2940043620675
  • Publisher: ProQuest LLC
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Pages: 181
  • File size: 6 MB

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