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Space Telescope and Optical Reverberation Mapping Project. V. Optical Spectroscopic Campaign and Emission-line Analysis for NGC 5548

Author(s): Pei, L; Fausnaugh, MM; Barth, AJ; Peterson, BM; Bentz, MC; et al

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Abstract: We present the results of an optical spectroscopic monitoring program targeting NGC 5548 as part of a larger multiwavelength reverberation mapping campaign. The campaign spanned 6 months and achieved an almost daily cadence with observations from five ground-based telescopes. The H beta and He II lambda 4686 broad emission-line light curves lag that of the 5100 angstrom optical continuum by 4.17(-0.36)(+0.36) days and 0.79(-0.34)(+0.35) days, respectively. The H beta lag relative to the 1158 angstrom ultraviolet continuum light curve measured by the Hubble Space Telescope is similar to 50% longer than that measured against the optical continuum, and the lag difference is consistent with the observed lag between the optical and ultraviolet continua. This suggests that the characteristic radius of the broad-line region is similar to 50% larger than the value inferred from optical data alone. We also measured velocity-resolved emission-line lags for H beta and found a complex velocity-lag structure with shorter lags in the line wings, indicative of a broadline region dominated by Keplerian motion. The responses of both the H beta and He II emission lines to the driving continuum changed significantly halfway through the campaign, a phenomenon also observed for C IV, Lya, He II (+ O III]), and Si IV(+ O IV]) during the same monitoring period. Finally, given the optical luminosity of NGC 5548 during our campaign, the measured H beta lag is a factor of five shorter than the expected value implied by the R-BLR-L-AGN relation based on the past behavior of NGC 5548.
Publication Date: 10-Mar-2017
Electronic Publication Date: 10-Mar-2017
Citation: Pei, L, Fausnaugh, MM, Barth, AJ, Peterson, BM, Bentz, MC, De Rosa, G, Denney, KD, Goad, MR, Kochanek, CS, Korista, KT, Kriss, GA, Pogge, RW, Bennert, VN, Brotherton, M, Clubb, KI, Dalla Bonta, E, Filippenko, AV, Greene, JE, Grier, CJ, Vestergaard, M, Zheng, W, Adams, Scott M, Beatty, Thomas G, Bigley, A, Brown, Jacob E, Brown, Jonathan S, Canalizo, G, Comerford, JM, Coker, Carl T, Corsini, EM, Croft, S, Croxall, KV, Deason, AJ, Eracleous, Michael, Fox, OD, Gates, EL, Henderson, CB, Holmbeck, E, Holoien, TW-S, Jensen, JJ, Johnson, CA, Kelly, PL, Kim, S, King, A, Lau, MW, Li, Miao, Lochhaas, Cassandra, Ma, Zhiyuan, Manne-Nicholas, ER, Mauerhan, JC, Malkan, MA, McGurk, R, Morelli, L, Mosquera, Ana, Mudd, Dale, Sanchez, F Muller, Nguyen, ML, Ochner, P, Ou-Yang, B, Pancoast, A, Penny, Matthew T, Pizzella, A, Poleski, Radoslaw, Runnoe, Jessie, Scott, B, Schimoia, Jaderson S, Shappee, BJ, Shivvers, I, Simonian, Gregory V, Siviero, A, Somers, Garrett, Stevens, Daniel J, Strauss, MA, Tayar, Jamie, Tejos, N, Treu, T, Van Saders, J, Vican, L, Villanueva, S, Yuk, H, Zakamska, NL, Zhu, W, Anderson, MD, Arevalo, P, Bazhaw, C, Bisogni, S, Borman, GA, Bottorff, MC, Brandt, WN, Breeveld, AA, Cackett, EM, Carini, MT, Crenshaw, DM, De Lorenzo-Caceres, A, Dietrich, M, Edelson, R, Efimova, NV, Ely, J, Evans, PA, Ferland, GJ, Flatland, K, Gehrels, N, Geier, S, Gelbord, JM, Grupe, D, Gupta, A, Hall, PB, Hicks, S, Horenstein, D, Horne, Keith, Hutchison, T, Im, M, Joner, MD, Jones, J, Kaastra, J, Kaspi, S, Kelly, BC, Kennea, JA, Kim, M, Kim, SC, Klimanov, SA, Lee, JC, Leonard, DC, Lira, P, MacInnis, F, Mathur, S, McHardy, IM, Montouri, C, Musso, R, Nazarov, SV, Netzer, H, Norris, RP, Nousek, JA, Okhmat, DN, Papadakis, I, Parks, JR, Pott, J-U, Rafter, SE, Rix, H-W, Saylor, DA, Schnuelle, K, Sergeev, SG, Siegel, M, Skielboe, A, Spencer, M, Starkey, D, Sung, H-I, Teems, KG, Turner, CS, Uttley, P, Villforth, C, Weiss, Y, Woo, J-H, Yan, H, Young, S, Zu, Y. (2017). Space Telescope and Optical Reverberation Mapping Project. V. Optical Spectroscopic Campaign and Emission-line Analysis for NGC 5548. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, 837 (10.3847/1538-4357/aa5eb1
DOI: doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aa5eb1
ISSN: 0004-637X
EISSN: 1538-4357
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Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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