Testing the evolutionary sequence between hidden broad-line region (HBLR) and non-Hblr Seyfert 2 galaxies with the 4000 å break strengths

Po Chieh Yu, Kui Yun Huang, Chorng Yuan Hwang, Youichi Ohyama

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Abstract

We compare the 4000 Å break (Dn (4000)) strength in the central kpc of hidden broad-line region (HBLR) and non-HBLR Seyfert 2 galaxies to investigate the origin of these galaxies. Our results show that the D n (4000) strengths in the nuclear regions of the non-HBLR Seyfert 2 galaxies are larger than those in the HBLR galaxies. We also show that the Dn (4000) strength is not related to the morphology of host galaxies. These results imply that the non-HBLR Seyfert 2 galaxies have an older stellar population in nuclear regions than the HBLR galaxies. This suggests that an evolutionary connection might exist between non-HBLR and HBLR Seyfert 2 galaxies. We propose a potential evolutionary scenario and a modified unification model for Seyfert galaxies. In this scheme, Seyfert 1 and HBLR Seyfert 2 galaxies evolve into unabsorbed and absorbed non-HBLR Seyfert 2 galaxies. We also discuss the implications of our results in the hydrogen column density distribution of the non-HBLR Seyfert 2 galaxies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number30
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume768
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2013

Keywords

  • galaxies: active
  • galaxies: evolution
  • galaxies: nuclei
  • galaxies: Seyfert
  • Galaxy: stellar content

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