Nearby AGN and their hosts in the near infrared
1. Physikalisches Institut, Universität zu Köln, Zülpicher Str. 77, 50937 Köln, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 2 March 2006
We present near infrared ISAAC VLT observations of nine nearby (0.01 ≤ z ≤ 0.06) Active Galactic Nuclei selected from the Hamburg/ESO Survey and the Véron-Cetty & Véron catalog. Hydrogen recombination lines Paα and Brγ are observed in seven of the nine sources of which five show a broad component. In three sources, extended 1-0S(1) rotational-vibrational molecular hydrogen emission is detected. Stellar CO absorption is seen in four sources. In one of these objects, an upper limit of the central mass can be determined from the stellar velocity field. H- and -band imaging allow us to determine the morphology class of the host galaxies. Colors (with supplementary J-band 2MASS images) show that the four galaxies with detected CO absorption are characterized by an overall strong stellar contribution. One galaxy shows an increased extinction towards the nucleus. After removal of the nuclear point source, the host galaxies show colors typical for non-active spiral galaxies.
Key words: galaxies: active / galaxies: nuclei / galaxies: Seyfert / infrared: galaxies
© ESO, 2006