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Observational constraints on the influence of active galactic nuclei on the evolution of galaxies

Author: Christopher Mark Harrison
Publisher: Switzerland : Springer, [2016]
Series: Springer theses.
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This prize-winning Ph.D. thesis by Chris Harrison adopts a multi-faceted approach to address the lack of decisive observational evidence, utilising large observational data sets from several world-leading telescopes. Developing several novel observational techniques, Harrison demonstrated that energetic winds driven by Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) are found in a large number of galaxies, with properties in agreement  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Observations
Additional Physical Format: Printed edition:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Mark Harrison
ISBN: 9783319284545 3319284541
OCLC Number: 936040190
Notes: Doctoral thesis accepted by Durham University, UK.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Supervisor's Foreword; Preface; Declaration; Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; 1 Introduction; 1.1 A Brief History of the Discovery of Galaxies and AGN; 1.1.1 Galaxies; 1.1.2 Active Galactic Nuclei; 1.2 AGN Structure and Multi-wavelength Emission; 1.2.1 The Growing BH; 1.2.2 AGN Standard Model and Broad-Band Continuum SEDs; 1.2.3 AGN Standard Model and the Emission-Line Regions; 1.2.4 Bolometric Luminosities; 1.3 The Census of AGN Activity; 1.3.1 Optical/UV Surveys; 1.3.2 X-Ray Surveys; 1.3.3 Infrared Surveys; 1.3.4 Radio Surveys; 1.3.5 The AGN Demography 1.4 The Co-evolution of BH and Galaxy Growth1.4.1 The Cosmic Space Density of BH Growth and Star Formation Are Similar; 1.4.2 Most BH Growth Occurs in Star-Forming Galaxies; 1.4.3 BH Masses Are Related to Galaxy Bulge Properties; 1.5 The Influence of AGN on the Evolution of Galaxies; 1.5.1 Matching Models to Observations: AGN to the Rescue; 1.5.2 Outflows; 1.5.3 The SFRs of Luminous AGN; 1.6 Thesis Outline; References; 2 Integral Field Spectroscopy and Spectral Energy Distributions; 2.1 Integral Field Spectroscopy; 2.1.1 Introduction; 2.1.2 Integral Field Spectroscopy 2.1.3 The Instruments Used in This Thesis2.1.4 Data Reduction; 2.2 Spectral Energy Distributions; 2.3 Calculation of SFRs and AGN Luminosities; References; 3 Energetic Galaxy-Wide Outflows in High-z ULIRGs Hosting AGN Activity; 3.1 Motivation; 3.2 Introduction; 3.3 Observations and Data Reduction; 3.3.1 Target Selection; 3.3.2 IFU Observations; 3.3.3 Flux Calibration and Stacking; 3.4 Star-Formation Rates and AGN Luminosities; 3.5 Analysis and Results; 3.5.1 Galaxy-Integrated Spectra; 3.5.2 Surface Brightness, Velocity and FWHM Maps; 3.5.3 Regions Dominated by Narrow and Broad Emission Lines 3.5.4 Velocity Profiles3.6 Discussion; 3.6.1 Tracing Galaxy Dynamics, Mergers and Outflows; 3.6.2 Outflow Properties; 3.7 Conclusions; References; 4 Kiloparsec Scale Outflows Are Prevalent in Luminous AGN: Outflows and Feedback in the Context of the Overall AGN Population; 4.1 Motivation; 4.2 Introduction; 4.3 Targets, Observations and Data Reduction; 4.3.1 Target Selection; 4.3.2 Gemini-South GMOS Observations and Data Reduction; 4.3.3 SFRs, AGN Luminosities and the Origin of the Radio Emission; 4.4 Velocity Definitions and Spatially Resolved Kinematics 4.4.1 Non-parametric Velocity Definitions4.4.2 Emission-Line Profile Fitting Procedure; 4.4.3 Velocity Maps and Velocity-Distance Profiles; 4.5 Results; 4.5.1 Extended Emission-Line Regions: Sizes and Morphologies; 4.5.2 Spatially-Resolved Ionised Gas Kinematics; 4.5.3 Outflow Properties: Estimates of Mass, Energy and Momentum; 4.6 Discussion; 4.6.1 What Drives the Outflows?; 4.6.2 What Role Do These Outflows Play in Galaxy Evolution?; 4.7 Conclusions; References; 5 Storm in a ``Teacup'': A Radio-Quiet Quasar with approx10kpc Radio-Emitting Bubbles and Extreme Gas Kinematics; 5.1 Motivation
Series Title: Springer theses.
Responsibility: Christopher Mark Harrison.

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Developing several novel observational techniques, Harrison demonstrated that energetic winds driven by Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) are found in a large number of galaxies, with properties in  Read more...

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