Disentangling the AGN and Star formation Contributions to the Radio-X-Ray Emission of Radio-loud Quasars at 1 < Z < 2

Mojegan Azadi*, Belinda Wilkes, Joanna Kuraszkiewicz, Jonathan McDowell, Ralf Siebenmorgen, Matthew Ashby, Mark Birkinshaw, Diana Worrall, Natasha Abrams, Peter Barthel, Giovanni G. Fazio, Martin Haas, Sóley Hyman, Rafael Martínez-Galarza, Eileen T. Meyer

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We constrain the emission mechanisms responsible for the prodigious electromagnetic output generated by active galactic nuclei (AGNs) and their host galaxies with a novel state-of-the-art AGN radio-to-X-ray spectral energy distribution model fitting code (ARXSED). ARXSED combines multiple components to fit the spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of AGNs and their host galaxies. Emission components include radio structures such as lobes and jets, infrared emission from the AGN torus, visible-to-X-ray emission from the accretion disk, and radio-to-ultraviolet emission from the host galaxy. Applying ARXSED to the radio SEDs of 20 3CRR quasars at 1 < z < 2 verifies the need for more than a simple power law when compact radio structures are present. The nonthermal emission contributes 91%-57% of the observed-frame 1.25 mm to 850 μm flux, and this component must be accounted for when using these wavelengths to estimate star formation properties. We predict the presence of strong radio-linked X-ray emission in more than half the sample sources. ARXSED estimates median (and the associated first and third quartile ranges) BH mass of 2.9 1.7 6.0 × 10 9 M ☉ , logarithm of Eddington ratio of − 1.0 − 1.2 − 0.6 , and spin of 0.98 0.94 0.99 for our sample. The inferred AGN torus and accretion disk parameters agree with those estimated from spectroscopic analyses of similar samples in the literature. We present the median intrinsic SED of the luminous radio-loud quasars at 1 < z ≲ 2; this SED represents a significant improvement in the way each component is modeled.

Originele taal-2English
Aantal pagina's29
TijdschriftAstrophysical Journal
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusPublished - 1-mrt.-2023


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