Volume 610, February 2018
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Letters to the Editor|
|Published online||20 February 2018|
Letter to the Editor
Discovery of a dual AGN at z ≃ 3.3 with 20 kpc separation
Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie,
2 Institut für Physik und Astronomie, Universität Potsdam, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24/25, 14476 Potsdam, Germany
3 European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzchild-Str. 2, 85748 Garching bei München, Germany
4 Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy, Durham University, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK
Accepted: 13 January 2018
A prediction of the current paradigm of the hierarchical assembly of galaxies is the presence of supermassive dual black holes at separations of a few kpc or less. In this context, we report the detection of a narrow-line emitter within the extended Lyα nebula (~120 kpc diameter) of the luminous radio-quiet quasi-stellar object (QSO) LBQS 0302–0019 at z = 3.286. We identify several high-ionization narrow emission lines (He II, C IV, C III) associated with this point-like source, which we have named “Jil”, which is only ~20 kpc (2.̋9) away from the QSO in projection. Emission-line diagnostics confirm that the source is likely powered by photoionization of an obscured active galactic nucleus (AGN) three orders of magnitude fainter than the QSO. The system represents the tightest unobscured/obscured dual AGN currently known at z > 3, highlighting the power of MUSE to detect these elusive systems.
Key words: Techniques: imaging spectroscopy / Ultraviolet: ISM / galaxies: high-redshift / quasars: individual: LBQS 0302–0019
© ESO 2018
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