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Volume 484, Number 3, June IV 2008
Page(s) 897 - 915
Section Catalogs and data
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20078552
Published online 16 April 2008

A&A 484, 897-915 (2008)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20078552

New active galactic nuclei detected in ROSAT All Sky Survey galaxies

II. The complete dataset
W. Kollatschny1, R. Kotulla1, W. Pietsch2, K. Bischoff1, 3, and M. Zetzl1

1  Institut für Astrophysik, Universität Göttingen, Friedrich-Hund Platz 1, 37077 Göttingen, Germany
    e-mail: wkollat@astro.physik.uni-goettingen.de
2  Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstrasse, 85740 Garching, Germany
3  Halfmann Teleskoptechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Gessertshausener Str. 8, 86356 Neusäß-Vogelsang, Germany

Received 27 August 2007 / Accepted 15 March 2008

Aims. The ROSAT ALL Sky Survey Bright Source Catalogue (RASS-BSC) has been correlated with the Catalogue of Principal Galaxies (PGC) to identify new extragalactic counterparts. 550 reliable optical counterparts have been detected. However there existed no optical spectra for about 200 Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) candidates before the ROSAT ALL Sky Survey (RASS) was completed.
Methods. We took optical spectra of 176 X-ray candidates and companions at ESO, Calar Alto observatory and McDonald observatory. When necessary we used a line profile decomposition to measure line fluxes, widths and centers to classify their type of activity.
Results. We discuss the redshift-, linewidth-, as well as optical and X-ray luminosity distribution of our ROSAT selected sample. 139 galaxies of our 166 X-ray counterparts have been identified as AGN with 93 being Seyfert 1 galaxies (61%). Eighteen of them (20%) are Narrow Line Seyfert 1 galaxies. 34 X-ray candidates (21%) are LINERs and only eight candidates (5%) are Seyfert 2. The ratio of the number of Seyfert 1 galaxies to Seyfert 2 galaxies is about 11/1. Optical surveys result in ratios of 1/1.4. The high fraction of detected Seyfert 1 galaxies is explained by the sensitivity of the ROSAT to soft X-rays which are heavily absorbed in type 2 AGN. Two X-ray candidates are HII-galaxies and 25 candidates (15%) show no signs of spectral activity. The AGN in our RASS selected sample exhibit slightly higher optical luminosities (MB = (-20.71 $\pm$ 1.75) mag) and similar X-ray luminosities (log(LX [erg s-1]) = 42.9 $\pm$ 1.7) compared to other AGN surveys. The H$\alpha$ line width distribution (FWHM) of our newly identified ROSAT AGN sample is similar to the line widths distribution based on SDSS AGN. However, our newly identified RASS AGN have rather reddish colors explaining why they have not been detected before in ultraviolet or blue excess surveys.

Key words: X-rays: galaxies -- galaxies: active -- surveys

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