The central structure of Broad Absorption Line QSOs: Astronomy at High Angular Resolution 2011: The Central Kiloparsec in Galactic Nuclei, AHAR 2011

G. Bruni, K. H. MacK, D. Dallacasa, F. M. Montenegro-Montes, C. R. Benn, R. Carballo, J. I. González-Serrano, J. Holt, F. Jiménez-Luján

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Abstract

Accounting for ∼20% of the total QSO population, Broad Absorption Line QSOs are still an unsolved problem in the AGN context. They present wide troughs in the UV spectrum, due to material with velocities up to 0.2 c toward the observer. The two models proposed in literature try to explain them as a particular phase of the evolution of QSOs or as normal QSOs, but seen from a particular line of sight. We built a statistically complete sample of Radio-Loud BAL QSOs, and carried out an observing campaign to piece together the whole spectrum in the cm wavelength domain, and highlight all the possible differences with respect to a comparison sample of Radio-Loud non-BAL QSOs. VLBI observations at high angular resolution have been performed, to study the pc-scale morphology of these objects. Finally, we tried to detect a possible dust component with observations at mm-wavelengths. Results do not seem to indicate a young age for all BAL QSOs. Instead a variety of orientations and morphologies have been found, constraining the outflows foreseen by the orientation model to have different possible angles with respect to the jet axis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Physics. Conference Series
Volume372
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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