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The Sloan Digital Sky Survey Reverberation Mapping Project: Composite Lags at z <= 1

Author(s): Li, Jennifer; Shen, Yue; Horne, Keith; Brandt, WN; Greene, Jenny E.; et al

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Abstract: We present composite broad-line region (BLR) reverberation mapping lag measurements for H alpha, H beta, He II lambda 4686, and Mg II for a sample of 144, z less than or similar to 1 quasars from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Reverberation Mapping (SDSS-RM) project. Using only the 32-epoch spectroscopic light curves in the first six-month season of SDSS-RM observations, we compile correlation function measurements for individual objects and then coadd them to allow the measurement of the average lags for our sample at mean redshifts of 0.4 (for H alpha) and similar to 0.65 (for the other lines). At similar quasar luminosities and redshifts, the sample-averaged lag decreases in the order of Mg II, Ha, H beta, and He II. This decrease in lags is accompanied by an increase in the mean line width of the four lines, and is roughly consistent with the virialized motion for BLR gas in photoionization equilibrium. These are among the first RM measurements of stratified BLR structure at z > 0.3. Dividing our sample by luminosity, Ha shows clear evidence of increasing lags with luminosity, consistent with the expectation from the measured BLR size-luminosity relation based on H beta. The other three lines do not show a clear luminosity trend in their average lags due to the limited dynamic range of luminosity probed and the poor average correlation signals in the divided samples, a situation that will be improved with the incorporation of additional photometric and spectroscopic data from SDSS-RM. We discuss the utility and caveats of composite lag measurements for large statistical quasar samples with reverberation mapping data.
Publication Date: 1-Sep-2017
Electronic Publication Date: 1-Sep-2017
Citation: Li, Jennifer, Shen, Yue, Horne, Keith, Brandt, WN, Greene, Jenny E, Grier, CJ, Ho, Luis C, Kochanek, Chris, Schneider, Donald P, Trump, Jonathan R, Dawson, Kyle S, Pan, Kaike, Bizyaev, Dmitry, Oravetz, Daniel, Simmons, Audrey, Malanushenko, Elena. (2017). The Sloan Digital Sky Survey Reverberation Mapping Project: Composite Lags at z <= 1. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, 846 (10.3847/1538-4357/aa845d
DOI: doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aa845d
ISSN: 0004-637X
EISSN: 1538-4357
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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