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Discovery of extreme [O III] lambda 5007 angstrom outflows in high-redshift red quasars

Author(s): Zakamska, Nadia L; Hamann, Fred; Paris, Isabelle; Brandt, WN; Greene, Jenny E.; et al

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Abstract: Black hole feedback is now a standard component of galaxy formation models. These models predict that the impact of black hole activity on its host galaxy likely peaked at z = 2-3, the epoch of strongest star formation activity and black hole accretion activity in the Universe. We used XSHOOTER on the Very Large Telescope to measure rest-frame optical spectra of four z similar to 2.5 extremely red quasars with infrared luminosities similar to 10(47) erg s(-1). We present the discovery of very broad (full width at half max = 2600-5000 km s(-1)), strongly blueshifted (by up to 1500 km s(-1)) [O III] lambda 5007 angstrom emission lines in these objects. In a large sample of type 2 and red quasars, [O III] kinematics are positively correlated with infrared luminosity, and the four objects in our sample are on the extreme end in both [O III] kinematics and infrared luminosity. We estimate that at least 3 per cent of the bolometric luminosity in these objects is being converted into the kinetic power of the observed wind. Photo-ionization estimates suggest that the [O III] emission might be extended on a few kpc scales, which would suggest that the extreme outflow is affecting the entire host galaxy of the quasar. These sources may be the signposts of the most extreme form of quasar feedback at the peak epoch of galaxy formation, and may represent an active ‘blow-out’ phase of quasar evolution.
Publication Date: 1-Jul-2016
Electronic Publication Date: 28-Mar-2016
Citation: Zakamska, Nadia L, Hamann, Fred, Paris, Isabelle, Brandt, WN, Greene, Jenny E, Strauss, Michael A, Villforth, Carolin, Wylezalek, Dominika, Alexandroff, Rachael M, Ross, Nicholas P. (2016). Discovery of extreme [O III] lambda 5007 angstrom outflows in high-redshift red quasars. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, 459 (3144 - 3160. doi:10.1093/mnras/stw718
DOI: doi:10.1093/mnras/stw718
ISSN: 0035-8711
EISSN: 1365-2966
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Pages: 3144 - 3160
Type of Material: Journal Article
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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