Subaru spectropolarimetry of markarian 573: The hidden high-ionization nuclear emission-line region inside the dusty torus

Tohru Nagao, Koji S. Kawabata, Takashi Murayama, Youichi Ohyama, Yoshiaki Taniguchi, Yasuhiro Shioya, Ryoko Sumiya, Shunji S. Sasaki

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Abstract

We report the results of our high-quality spectropolarimetric observation of the narrow-line region in a nearby Seyfert 2 galaxy, Mrk 573, with the Subaru Telescope. The polarized flux spectrum of Mrk 573 shows not only prominent scattered broad Hα emission but also various narrow forbidden emission lines. We find that the measured polarization degree of the observed forbidden emission lines is positively correlated with the ionization potential of the corresponding ions and the critical density of the corresponding transitions. We discuss some possible origins of these correlations, and then we point out that the correlations are caused by the obscuration of the stratified narrow-line region in Mrk 573 by the optically and geometrically thick dusty torus, matching findings of a previous study of NGC 4258.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2066-2072
Number of pages7
JournalAstronomical Journal
Volume128
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Nov 1

Keywords

  • Galaxies: Seyfert
  • Galaxies: active
  • Galaxies: individual (Markarian 573)
  • Galaxies: nuclei
  • Polarization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Nagao, T., Kawabata, K. S., Murayama, T., Ohyama, Y., Taniguchi, Y., Shioya, Y., Sumiya, R., & Sasaki, S. S. (2004). Subaru spectropolarimetry of markarian 573: The hidden high-ionization nuclear emission-line region inside the dusty torus. Astronomical Journal, 128(5), 2066-2072. https://doi.org/10.1086/424936