1 Instituto de Astrofisíca de Andalucía, IAA-CSIC, 18008 Granada, Spain
2 INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, IT 35122 Padova, Italy
3 Dipartimento di Fisica & Astronomia “Galileo Galilei”, Univ. of Padova, 35121 Padova, Italy
4 Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM, Mexico DF 04510, Mexico
5 INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, 40129 Bologna, Italy
6 Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Points, WI 54481, USA
Received: 21 December 2016
Accepted: 7 August 2017
Broad emission lines in quasars enable us to “resolve” structure and kinematics of the broad-line emitting region (BLR) thought to involve an accretion disk feeding a supermassive black hole. Interpretation of broad line measures within the 4DE1 formalism simplifies the apparent confusion among such data by contrasting and unifying properties of so-called high and low accreting Population A and B sources. Hβ serves as an estimator of black hole mass, Eddington ratio and source rest frame; the latter being a valuable input for Civλ1549 studies which allow us to isolate the blueshifted wind component. Optical and HST-UV spectra yield Hβ and Civλ1549 spectra for low-luminosity sources while VLT-ISAAC and FORS and TNG-LRS provide spectra for high-luminosity sources. New high-S/N data for Civ in high-luminosity quasars are presented here for comparison with the other previously published data. Comparison of Hβ and Civλ1549 profile widths/shifts indicates that much of the emission from the two lines arise in regions with different structure and kinematics. Covering a wide range of luminosity and redshift shows evidence for a correlation between Civλ1549 blueshift and source Eddington ratio, with a weaker trend with source luminosity (similar amplitude outflows are seen over four of the five dex luminosity ranges in our combined samples). At low luminosity (z ≲ 0.7) only Population A sources show evidence for a significant outflow while at high luminosity the outflow signature begins to appear in Population B quasars as well.
Key words: quasars: general / quasars: emission lines / quasars: supermassive black holes
Based on observations made with ESO telescopes at the La Silla Paranal Observatory under programme ID082.B-0572(A) and with the Italian Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG) operated by the Fundación Galileo Galilei (INAF) at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos.
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