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Title: REMAP: determination of the inner edge of the dust torus in AGN by measuring time delays
Authors: Amit Kumar
Suvendu, Rakshit
Indrani Pal
Stalin, C. S
Sagar, R
Mathew, Blesson
Keywords: Galaxies;Active;Quasars;Seyfert;Reverberation
Issue Date: Oct-2019
Publisher: Societe Royale des Sciences de Liege
Citation: Bulletin de la Societe Royale des Sciences de Liege, Vol. 88, pp. 158-165
Abstract: Active galactic nuclei (AGN) are high luminosity sources powered by accretion of matter onto super-massive black holes (SMBHs) located at the centres of galaxies. According to the Unification model of AGN, the SMBH is surrounded by a broad emission line region (BLR) and a dusty torus. It is difficult to study the extent of the dusty torus as the central region of AGN is not resolvable using any conventional imaging techniques available today. Though, current IR interferometric techniques could in principle resolve the torus in nearby AGN, it is very expensive and limited to few bright and nearby AGN. A more feasible alternative to the interferometric technique to find the extent of the dusty torus in AGN is the technique of reverberation mapping (RM). REMAP (REverberation Mapping of AGN Program) is a long term photometric monitoring program being carried out using the 2 m Himalayan Chandra Telescope (HCT) operated by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, aimed at measuring the torus size in many AGN using the technique of RM. It involves accumulation of suitably long and well sampled light curves in the optical and near-infrared bands to measure the time delays between the light curves in different wavebands. These delays are used to determine the radius of the inner edge of the dust torus. REMAP was initiated in the year 2016 and since then about one hour of observing time once every five days (weather permitting) has been allocated at the HCT. Our initial sample carefully selected for this program consists of a total of 8 sources observable using the HCT. REMAP has resulted in the determination of the extent of the inner edge of the dusty torus in one AGN namely H0507+164. Data accumulation for the second source is completed and observations on the third source are going on. We will outline the motivation of this observational program, the observational strategy that is followed, the analysis procedures adopted for this work and the results obtained from this program till now.
Description: Open Access
ISSN: 1783-5720
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