Volume 574, February 2015
|Number of page(s)||16|
|Published online||29 January 2015|
Galaxy-wide outflows in z ~ 1.5 luminous obscured quasars revealed through near-IR slit-resolved spectroscopy
1 Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Bologna, viale Berti Pichat 6/2, 40127 Bologna, Italy
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2 INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, via Ranzani 1, 40127 Bologna, Italy
3 Max Planck Institut fur Extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstrasse 1, 85748 Garching bei München, Germany
4 INAF – Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Largo Enrico Fermi 5, 50125 Firenze, Italy
5 Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università degli Studi di Firenze, via G.Sansone 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze), Italy
6 Excellence Cluster Universe, Boltzmannstrasse 2, 85748 Garching bei München, Germany
7 European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschild-str. 2, 85748 Garching bei München, Germany
8 Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, 19 J. J. Thomson Ave., Cambridge CB3 0HE, UK
9 INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, via Frascati 33, 00044 Monte Porzio Catone (RM), Italy
Received: 19 September 2014
Accepted: 17 October 2014
Aims. The co-evolution of galaxies and supermassive black holes (SMBHs) requires that some sort of feedback mechanism is operating during the active galactic nuclei (AGN) phases. AGN driven winds are the most likely candidates for such feedback mechanism, but direct observational evidence of their existence and of their effects on the host galaxies are still scarce and their physical origin is still hotly debated.
Methods. X-Shooter observations of a sample of X-ray selected, obscured quasars at z ~ 1.5, selected on the basis of their observed red colors and X-ray-to-optical flux ratio, have shown the presence of outflowing ionized gas identified by broad [OIII] emission lines in 6 out of 8 objects, confirming the efficiency of the selection criteria. Here we present slit-resolved spectroscopy for the two brightest sources, XID2028 and XID5321, to study the complex emission and absorption line kinematics.
Results. We detect outflow extended out to ~10 kpc from the central black hole, both as blueshifted and redshifted emission. Interestingly, we also detect kpc scale outflows in the [OII] emission lines and in the neutral gas component, traced by the sodium D and magnesium absorption lines, confirming that a substantial amount of the outflowing mass is in the form of neutral gas.
Conclusions. The measured gas velocities and the outflow kinetic powers, inferred under reasonable assumptions on the geometry and physical properties of these two systems, favor an AGN origin for the observed winds.
Key words: Galaxy: evolution / quasars: individual: XID2028 / galaxies: active / quasars: emission lines
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