Are luminous quasars triggered in galaxy mergers?

Miss Patricia S. Bessiere

Abstract

The mechanism by which AGN activity is triggered has long been debated. One, often suggested, method of doing so is major, gas-rich mergers and galaxy interactions. I will present deep Gemini GMOS-S images of a sample of type II quasar host galaxies, demonstrating that 75% show clear signs that they are undergoing some kind of interaction. We compare these results with a control sample of quiescent early-type galaxies and find a similar rate of interaction (68%). However, we also find that the surface brightness of the features of the type II quasars are up to 2 mags brighter than those for the control sample, suggesting a difference in the types of mergers that the two groups are undergoing. We also compare our results with those for a sample of powerful radio galaxies and find very similar values for the surface brightness of the detected features.

About the talk

Are luminous quasars triggered in galaxy mergers?
Miss Patricia S. Bessiere
University of Sheffield, UK
Tuesday March 20, 2012 - 0:00  (Aula)
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