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The Kinematics of Quasar Broad Emission Line Regions Using a Disk-Wind Model

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Yong, SY 
Webster, RL 
King, AL 
Bate, NF 
O Dowd, MJ 


The structure and kinematics of the broad line region in quasars are still unknown. One popular model is the disk-wind model that offers a geometric unification of a quasar based on the viewing angle. We construct a simple kinematical disk-wind model with a narrow outflowing wind angle. The model is combined with radiative transfer in the Sobolev, or high velocity, limit. We examine how angle of viewing affects the observed characteristics of the emission line. The line profiles were found to exhibit distinct properties depending on the orientation, wind opening angle, and region of the wind where the emission arises. At low inclination angle (close to face-on), we find that the shape of the emission line is asymmetric, narrow, and significantly blueshifted. As the inclination angle increases (close to edge-on), the line profile becomes more symmetric, broader, and less blueshifted. Additionally, lines that arise close to the base of the disk wind, near the accretion disk, tend to be broad and symmetric. Single-peaked line profiles are recovered for the intermediate and equatorial wind. The model is also able to reproduce a faster response in either the red or blue sides of the line profile, consistent with reverberation mapping studies.



galaxies: active, quasars: emission lines

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Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia

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Cambridge University Press
Science and Technology Facilities Council (ST/M003914/1)
NFB thanks the STFC for support under Ernest Rutherford Grant ST/M003914/1.