We present results of the 2.5-5 μm spectroscopy of a sample of hard X-ray selected active galactic nuclei (AGNs) using the grism mode of the InfraRed Camera (IRC) on board the infrared astronomical satellite AKARI. The sample is selected from the 9-month Swift/BAT survey in the 14-195 keV band, which provides a fair sample of AGNs including highly absorbed ones. The 2.5-5 μm spectroscopy provide a strong diagnostic tool for the circumnuclear environment of AGNs through the continuum shapes and emission/absorption features such as the 3.3 μm polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) emission and the broad 3.1 μm H2O ice, 3.4 μm bare carbonaceous dust, 4.26 μm CO2 and 4.67 μm CO absorptions. As our first step, we use the 3.3 μm PAH emission as a proxy for the star-formation activity and searched for possible difference of star-formation activity between type 1 (unabsorbed) and type 2 (absorbed) AGNs. We found no significant dependence of the 3.3 μm PAH line luminosity, normalized by the black hole mass, on optical AGNs types or the X-ray measured column densities.
|Journal||Proceedings of Science|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Event||2012 Nuclei of Seyfert Galaxies and QSOs - Central Engine and Conditions of Star Formation, Seyfert 2012 - Bonn, Germany|
Duration: 2012 Nov 6 → 2012 Nov 8
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