Outflow in Overlooked Luminous Quasar: Subaru Observations of AKARI J1757+5907 Based on data collected at Subaru Telescope, which is operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.

Outflow in Overlooked Luminous Quasar: Subaru Observations of AKARI J1757+5907 1


We present Subaru observations of the newly discovered luminous quasar AKARI J1757+5907, which shows an absorption outflow in its spectrum. The absorption consists of 9 distinct troughs, and our analysis focuses on the troughs at km s for which we can measure accurate column densities of He \emissiontypeI*, Fe \emissiontypeII and Mg \emissiontypeII. We use photoionization models to constrain the ionization parameter, total hydrogen column density, and the number density of the outflowing gas. These constraints yield lower limits for the distance, mass flow rate and kinetic luminosity for the outflow of 3.7 kpc, yr, and 10 ergs s, respectively. Such mass flow rate value can contribute significantly to the metal enrichment of the intra-cluster medium. We find that this moderate velocity outflow is similar to those recently discovered in massive post-starburst galaxies. Finally, we describe the scientific potential of future observations targeting this object.


Aoki et al.AKARI J1757+5907 \Received2010/09/10 \Accepted2011/01/14 \Publishedvol. 63, Subaru special issue


galaxies: active—quasars: absorption lines—quasars: emission lines—quasars: individual (AKARI-IRC-V1 J1757000+590759)

1 Introduction

Roughly 20% of all quasars exhibit Broad Absorption Lines (BAL) in their spectrum (Knigge et al., 2008; Hewett & Foltz, 2003), which are indicative of outflows with velocities km s. Kinetic energy and mass emanating from quasars have become key elements in theoretical modeling of the evolution of supermassive black holes (SMBH) and their host galaxies (e.g., Di Matteo et al. (2005); Hopkins et al. (2008)), the suppression of cooling flows in clusters (e.g., Ciotti et al. (2010); Brüggen & Scannapieco (2009)), and enrichment of the intra-cluster and inter-galactic media with metals (e.g., Moll et al. (2007)). Collectively, harnessing quasars’ mechanical energy to help in driving the above processes is known as “AGN feedback”.

To assess the contribution of BAL outflows to AGN feedback scenarios, it is (at least) necessary to determine their mass flow rate () and kinetic luminosity (). Early attempts to do so were done by de Kool et al. (2001), de Kool et al. (2002), Hamann et al. (2001), and Wampler, Chugai, Petitjean (1995). Recently, using improvements in analysis methods and in target selection (see discussions in Arav et al. (2008); Dunn et al. (2010)), we published several more accurate determinations of these quantities (Moe et al. 2009; Dunn et al. 2010; Bautista et al 2010; Arav et al 2010). Here we present a similar analysis of an outflow in a luminous overlooked quasar.

We use the term “BAL outflow” to designate intrinsic absorption detected in the spectrum of a quasar (i.e., originating from outflowing material in the vicinity of the AGN, see Barlow & Sargent (1997)). The original BAL definition (Weymann et al., 1991) was created to differentiate, in low-resolution spectra, AGN outflow absorption systems from intervening absorbers that do not have a dynamical connection to the AGN and is now physically obsolete. Significant number of narrower absorption lines show intrinsic natures, i.e., time variability and partial coverage of the background light source. The frequency of intrinsic absorption lines are discussed and summarized in Ganguly & Brotherton (2008). We therefore use “BAL outflow” to designate the physical nature, rather than the observational definition, of the phenomenon.

AKARI-IRC-V1 J1757000+590759 (hereafter AKARI J1757+5907) was discovered during the follow-up observations of AKARI mid-infrared (MIR) All-Sky Survey. The infrared satellite AKARI performed an all-sky survey at 9 and 18 as well as at four far-infrared bands (Murakami et al., 2007; Ishihara et al., 2010). The initial identification of the AKARI MIR All-Sky Survey sources involved association with the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) catalog (Skrutskie et al., 2006). This search identified some AKARI MIR sources with in the high galactic latitude () after excluding the sample in the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. AKARI J1757+5907 has a large ratio of mid-IR to near-IR flux density (). This mid-IR source is also coincident with a bright near-UV and optical source. We present photometries of AKARI J1757+5907 in table 1. The photographic magnitudes are from USNO-B1.0 catalog (Monet et al., 2003), and they are converted to and magnitude using equation 2 of Monet et al. (2003). We found the radio source NVSS J175659.82+590801.5 ( mJy at 1.4 GHz) (Condon et al., 1998) is coincident with AKARI J1757+5907. The ratio of radio (5 GHz) to optical (4400 Å) flux density is 1.4 assuming radio spectral index is -0.5. The ratio indicates the quasar is radio quiet (Kellermann et al., 1989).

The follow-up spectroscopy using KPNO 2.1m telescope revealed that AKARI J1757+5907 is a quasar that shows He \emissiontypeI* and Mg \emissiontypeII absorption lines as well as H and strong Fe \emissiontypeII emission lines (Toba et al, in preparation). The spectrum resembles the one of QSO 2359-1241 (Brotherton et al., 2001; Arav et al., 2001). Both quasars show rare He \emissiontypeI* absorption as well as Mg \emissiontypeII absorption. They also have redder continua and strong Fe \emissiontypeII emission lines. The high resolution spectroscopy of QSO 2359-1241 by Arav et al. (2001) revealed Fe \emissiontypeII absorption lines, Thus Fe \emissiontypeII absorption lines are expected to exist in AKARI J1757+5907. Following Korista et al. (2008), by measuring the ionic column densities () of Fe \emissiontypeII and He \emissiontypeI*, we can constrain the ionization parameter () and hydrogen column density (). The high brightness of this quasar permits us to do high resolution spectroscopy of He \emissiontypeI* absorption lines and search for Fe \emissiontypeII resonance and excited state absorption lines. The ratio of Fe \emissiontypeII* to Fe \emissiontypeII(E=0) yields the hydrogen number density, which in turn yields the distance of outflowing gas from the central source, and by using the number density, and .

The plan of this paper is as follows. In § 2 we describe the observations and data reduction. In § 3 we determine the redshift of the object. The outflow absorption troughs are discussed in § 4 and the spectral energy distribution in § 5. In § 6 we describe our photoionization modeling, and in § 7 the resultant determination of mass flow rate and kinetic luminosity for the outflow. In § 8 we discuss our results and in § 9 we describe the scientific potential of additional Subaru/HDS and HST/COS observations targeting this object. Throughout this paper we assume km s Mpc, , and . Note that wavelengths of any transition in this paper are ones in vacuum, and the observed wavelength scale is converted to one in vacuum.

2 Observations and Data Reduction

2.1 high resolution spectroscopy

The high resolution spectroscopy of AKARI J1757+5907 (R.A.=17:57:00.24, Decl.=+59:08:00.3 (J2000.0)) was done with the High Dispersion Spectrograph (HDS; Noguchi et al. (2002)) attached to the Subaru 8.2 m telescope (Iye et al., 2004) on 2010 June 17 (UT). The weather conditions were poor with thick cirrus and the seeing was unstable (\timeform1.0”). The slit width was set to be \timeform1.0”. The HDS setting was Yd covering between 4054 and 6696 Å. This results in a resolving power of . The binning was 2 (spatial direction) 4 (dispersion direction). We obtained eight exposures of 1800 s each, however, one of them is unusable due to low signal-to-noise ratio.

The data were reduced using IRAF11 for the standard procedures of overscan subtraction, dark subtraction, cosmic ray removal and flat-fielding, where wavelength calibration was performed using the Th-Ar lamp. the rms wavelength calibration error is 0.011 - 0.013 Å. The one-dimensional spectra were extracted from each exposure. Heliocentric correction was applied. After that, all the spectral exposures were combined, and all orders were connected to one spectrum. We normalized the spectrum using spline fits. Finally we converted to vacuum wavelength scale.

2.2 Spectrophotometry

The low resolution spectrophotometry of AKARI J1757+5907 was done on 2010 June 30 (UT) with FOCAS (Kashikawa et al., 2002) attached to the Subaru telescope. The new fully-depleted-type CCDs developed by NAOJ/ATC and fabricated by Hamamatsu Photonics K. K. were installed and commissioned at that time. We obtained six spectra of 5 minutes integration under a clear condition and good seeing (\timeform0.6” - \timeform0.9” ). The \timeform2.0” width slit was used for spectrophotometry purpose. We used two configurations: the R300 grism with the O58 filter (‘red’) and the B300 grism without any order-cut filters (‘blue’). The first three 300s spectra were the ‘red’ which covers between 5700 Å and 10200 Å. The last three 300s spectra were the ‘blue’ which have an uncontaminated range between 3500 Å and 7000 Å. The atmospheric dispersion corrector was used. The slit position angle was \timeform0D, and the binning was 2 (spatial direction) 1 (dispersion direction) The spectrophotometric standard star BD was observed for sensitivity calibration.

The data were reduced using IRAF for the standard procedures of bias subtraction, wavelength calibration, and sky subtraction, except for flat-fielding. AKARI J1757+5907 is so bright that its counts on the CCD are comparable to the flat frames, and are much higher at shorter wavelength ( Å). The flat-fielding procedure significantly reduced its signal-to-noise ratio. We therefore skipped the flat-fielding procedure. Wavelength calibration was performed using OH night sky emission lines for the red spectra and the Cu-Ar lamp for the blue ones. The rms error of wavelength calibration is 0.2 Å. The seeing was much smaller than the slit width, thus the resolution was determined by the seeing disk size. The resulting He \emissiontypeI* 3889 absorption line is 13 Å width at 6260 Å. This value corresponds to the resolving power of 480 ( km s), which is similar to the resolution obtained with the \timeform0.8” width slit, and is consistent with the seeing size during our observations. The sensitivity calibration was performed as a function of wavelength. The flux of the blue and red spectra at the same wavelength agree within 1.6%. The foreground Galactic extinction of mag (Schlegel, Finkbeiner, & Davis, 1998) was corrected.

3 Results of spectrophotometry

Figure 1 displays the low-resolution optical spectrum of AKARI J1757+5907. The spectrum shows strong absorption lines of Mg \emissiontypeII and He \emissiontypeI* as well as emission lines of Mg \emissiontypeII, Fe \emissiontypeII, H, H, [O \emissiontypeIII]. In order to determine the systemic redshift of the quasar, we deblend the [O \emissiontypeIII] emission lines from the H and Fe \emissiontypeII emission lines. As seen in figure 1, AKARI J1757+5907 has strong Fe \emissiontypeII emission lines. However, the Fe \emissiontypeII emission template around H derived from the spectrum of I Zw 1 (Aoki, Kawaguchi, & Ohta, 2005) is not a good match to the Fe \emissiontypeII emission in AKARI J1757+5907 (figure 2a). The intensity ratios among Fe \emissiontypeII emission lines are different between these objects. Thus, we cannot use the Fe \emissiontypeII emission template derived form the spectrum of I Zw 1.

Instead we fit the spectrum between 7662 Å and 8204 Å with a combination of Fe \emissiontypeII , H, and [O \emissiontypeIII] after subtraction of a power-law continuum. This power-law continuum is constructed by fitting at 6526-6544 Å and 8842-8891 Å. The H emission line is fitted with a combination of three Gaussians. We fit the [O \emissiontypeIII] doublet with two sets of two Gaussians. The width and redshift are assumed to be the same for each set, and the intensity ratio is fixed to be 3.0. Fe \emissiontypeII are modeled by two Lorentzians with the same width and redshift. Their redshift is fixed to be the same as the strongest Gaussian component of the H. The result of fitting is shown in figure 2b. We need a separate “red wing” of H to get a satisfactory fit. This component may be [O \emissiontypeIII] emission line. The derived redshifts and FWHMs are tabulated in table 2. The FWHM is corrected for the instrumental broadening by using the simple assumption: , where is the observed FWHM of the line and is an instrumental FWHM (620 km s). The redshift of the red component of [O \emissiontypeIII] is . The rest equivalent width of [O \emissiontypeIII] including both components is Å. This value is consistent with the [O \emissiontypeIII] strength in majority ( %) of Mg \emissiontypeII BAL quasars reported by Zhang et al. (2010). We also detect weak [O \emissiontypeII] emission at 6023.4 Å, which corresponds to a redshift of 0.6155. We thus adopt as the systemic redshift of the quasar. The blue component of [O \emissiontypeIII] is blueshifted by 980 km s relative to the systemic redshift.

4 Absorption lines

In the HDS spectrum of AKARI J1757+5907, the absorption lines are not heavily blended. The identification is thus a straightforward task. We identify Mg \emissiontypeII , He \emissiontypeI* 2945, 3188, 3889, Fe \emissiontypeII 2600, 2586 as well as weaker absorption troughs from Mg \emissiontypeI , He \emissiontypeI* , and Ca \emissiontypeII . The strong absorption lines such as the Mg \emissiontypeII doublet and He \emissiontypeI* clearly show 9 distinct troughs, which span a velocity range from to km s. The trough at 1000 km s has the same outflow velocity as the blue component of the [O \emissiontypeIII] emission line. We show the absorption troughs from Mg \emissiontypeII , He \emissiontypeI* 2945, 3188, 3889, and Fe \emissiontypeII 2600, 2586 in figure 3. We do not detect an Fe \emissiontypeII  absorption trough from the E=385 cm excited level, which has the largest oscillator strength of the Fe \emissiontypeII* lines from this energy level, in our spectral range. We show the spectral region of Fe \emissiontypeII  in the lower panel of figure 3.

4.1 Column Density Determinations

Both the Mg \emissiontypeII and He \emissiontypeI* troughs span the full velocity range from to km s and appear in all 9 distinct troughs (see Figure 3). There is self blending in the Mg \emissiontypeII troughs at the velocity extremes, which does not affect the majority of the troughs. The He \emissiontypeI* and Fe \emissiontypeII troughs are free of any self blending. Of the 9 troughs, only three have corresponding absorption in Fe \emissiontypeII. These are in the range of to km s (see Figure 3). Thus, we concentrate on this velocity range for our measurements as the best photoionization constraints are achieved by contrasting He \emissiontypeI* and Fe \emissiontypeII column densities (see section 6; Korista et al. (2008); Arav et al. (2010)).

To determine the ionic column densities, we rebin the data to 10 km s and use the velocity dependent apparent optical depth (AOD), covering factor (), and power-law fitting methods from Dunn et al. (2010; methods 1, 2, and 3 in their subsection 3.2) across the range of to km s.

The AOD methods assumes that the emission source is completely and homogeneously covered by the absorber, so that the optical depth () at a given velocity is related to the normalized intensity via: . The covering factor method assumes that at a given velocity, a fraction of the emission source is covered with a constant value of optical depth, while the rest of the source is uncovered. In order to for both and we use use at least two absorption lines from the same energy level of the same ion, and solve for where is the normalized intensity of the absorption due to the transition in the same energy level. The ratio of different are known from atomic physics and therefor the set of equations is solvable. The power-law model assumes that the absorption gas inhomogeneously covers the background source. The optical depth is described by where is the spatial dimension in the plane of the sky, is the power law distribution index and is the highest value of at a given velocity. In case of the power law model, is averaged over the spatial dimension x.

In order to convert in each model to column density we use

where is the wavelength of the line in Å, is the oscillator strength. We use the oscillator strengths from Fuhr & Wiese (2006) for the Fe \emissiontypeII lines and values from the NIST Atomic Spectra Database (2010) for Mg \emissiontypeII and He \emissiontypeI*.

In Figure 4, we show the He \emissiontypeI* troughs and column density determination from the three lines of He \emissiontypeI* present in the HDS spectrum. The He \emissiontypeI* lines are well separated, have no self blending, and we obtain consistent results with all three column density extraction methods. There are two velocity points where the becomes nonphysical (i.e., negative or larger than 1.0), near km s and at velocities lower than km s. This occurs because the two weaker lines are very shallow at these velocities and are thus consistent with the continuum level and dominated by the noise.

We show in Figure 5 the trough profiles and column density results for Mg \emissiontypeII. Both the red and the blue doublet troughs are quite deep and therefore their level of saturation is model dependent. The solution suggests a small level of saturation (only 40% larger column density than the AOD estimate), while the power-law result is three times higher. This is an inherent feature of the absorption models where in order to fit deep doublet troughs the power-law model requires a much greater column density than the solution (see the case of the O \emissiontypeVI doublet in the spectrum of Mrk 279, Arav et al. (2005)). Since we do not have data for troughs from additional Mg \emissiontypeII lines, we cannot determine which model is more physical.

There is a possibility that a narrow Mg \emissiontypeII emission line fills the trough. As already noted early in this section, the blue component of [O \emissiontypeIII] has the velocity of -1000 km s. The Mg \emissiontypeII emission line from the same gas probably exists. We estimate the flux of Mg \emissiontypeII emission line using the flux ratio of [O \emissiontypeIII] to Mg \emissiontypeII in Seyfert 2 galaxies, NGC 1068 (Kraemer et al., 1998) and Mrk 3 (Collins et al., 2005). The ratios vary along the physical position in the galaxies between 0.03 and 0.15, and average of extinction corrected ratios are 0.09, and 0.07 in NGC 1068 and Mrk 3, respectively. We also assume a 1:2 ratio for the Mg \emissiontypeII doublet, and gaussians of the same width ( km s) as the [O \emissiontypeIII] emission line. This width corresponds to 3.0 Å at the Mg \emissiontypeII observed wavelength of 4500 Å. The HDS spectrum before normalization is scaled to the low-resolution spectrum. The expected height of the Mg \emissiontypeII emission line will be % and % of the residual intensity at Mg \emissiontypeII and trough, respectively. Thus, the real residual intensity may be smaller than the observed one. Therefore, we conclude that the Mg \emissiontypeII column density can be much larger than the AOD or determined values.

Finally, we show the result for Fe \emissiontypeII troughs in Figure 6. Unlike Mg \emissiontypeII and He \emissiontypeI*, the Fe \emissiontypeII troughs are both shallow and in a much lower signal-to-noise region of the spectrum (towards the short wavelength end of the detector). Due to this, we find that the weaker Fe \emissiontypeII 2587 line is only detected across three velocity bins. Using both the Fe \emissiontypeII 2600 and the Fe \emissiontypeII 2587 lines we calculate for both and power-law methods for the three bins and include them in the integrated total. Due to a lack of detection of the 2587 line, we use the 2600 line to calculate the column density from the AOD method for the remaining points. We also checked the column density for Fe \emissiontypeII using the covering factor of Mg \emissiontypeII. The column density calculated in this fashion changed only by 10% as Mg \emissiontypeII nearly fully covers the source (0.9) in this velocity range.

4.2 Column Density Limits on Fe \emissiontypeII* Excited State Lines

In order to help constrain the photoionization models in section 6, we estimate the column density limits for the Fe \emissiontypeII* 2612 and 2757 lines from the 385 and 7955 cm energy levels, respectively. Neither line shows a detectable trough in the data. Therefore, we can use the trough profile of Fe \emissiontypeII 2600 to determine the relative optical depth and column density of these two energy levels (see Section 3.3 of Dunn et al. (2010)). We find upper limits on the ionic column densities of (3.7 and 0.5) cm for the 385 and 7955 cm energy levels, respectively.

5 Determination of the Spectral Energy Distribution

Our FOCAS spectrophotometry data and the GALEX photometry clearly show the flux drops at shorter wavelengths ( Å in the rest frame) and indicate reddening by dust (figure 7). We must consider extinction for deriving the intrinsic spectral energy distribution (SED). First, we measured the continuum flux at four points where there are less Fe \emissiontypeII emission contaminates. These four points and the GALEX photometry points are then shifted to the rest frame. We fit a reddened power-law to the continuum points. We adopted the index of the power-law continuum (; ) of the LBQS composite, -0.36 measured by Vanden Berk et al. (2001). We adopt the SMC-type extinction law. The best fit gives us the color excess of 0.18. The best fit of the reddened power-law continuum is shown in figure 7.

To estimate the distance to the outflow from the central source (), we need to determine the flux of hydrogen ionizing photons that irradiates the absorber (see equation [1] below). Using the Mathews & Ferland (1987) SED, reddened to match the observed spectrum, we find that number of hydrogen ionizing photons emitted per second by the reddened central source () is 2.210 photons s. Here we assumed that the reddening occur between the central source and the outflow, as is the case where the photons are attenuated by the edge of the putative AGN obscuring torus (see full discussion in Dunn et al. (2010)). This assumption will also give us smaller values for the inferred and therefore conservative lower limits for and . The for the dereddened, intrinsic spectrum is erg s.

6 Photoionization Modeling

Through photoionization modeling, reliable measurements of He \emissiontypeI* and Fe \emissiontypeII column densities provide accurate constraints on the total hydrogen column density, , and the hydrogen ionization parameter,


where is the distance from the central source, is the total hydrogen number density, and is the speed of light. We use version c08.00 of the spectral synthesis code Cloudy, last described by Ferland et al. (1998), to model a plane-parallel slab of gas with constant hydrogen number density irradiated by a source continuum. We focus on the kinematic components spanning a velocity range from km s to km s where we detect Fe \emissiontypeII(0). In this velocity range, measurements of upper limits on the Fe \emissiontypeII(E=385 cm) and the Fe \emissiontypeII(E=7955 cm) yield upper limits of electron number density , and cm, respectively. We adopt the conservative value of an upper limit of cm, and assume , which is valid within the ionized zone we are discussing. While the electron number density is well constrained from above, there are no diagnostics for a lower limit on in the data.

We begin investigation of the parameter space by using Cloudy’s optimization mode to determine and for cm. The parameters and are varied and ionic column densities are computed for each set of parameters. Best fit values are determined by minimization for given tolerances in the measured ionic column densities. We adopt the measured ionic column densities determined by the partial covering method, and optimize to and , since these are the more robust measurements. The measured and model predicted column densities are presented in table 3. For solar abundances and the MF87 SED, as implemented by Cloudy12, we find log and log yield good fits to the column densities of He \emissiontypeI* and Fe \emissiontypeII  while is overpredicted. However, as discussed in section 4, the Mg \emissiontypeII troughs may be more saturated than the partial covering model suggests. A hydrogen ionization front, which we define as the position at which half of the total hydrogen is neutral (approximated by ), does not form in this solution although we are very close to it with .

Since the data do not provide a lower limit to the electron number density, we find other valid solutions by reducing . When the hydrogen number density is reduced, the He \emissiontypeI* population drops. This is due to the fact that He \emissiontypeI* is populated by recombination of He \emissiontypeII and the number of recombinations per unit time depends linearly on . Therefore, must increase in order to provide enough He \emissiontypeI* to be consistent with the measured value. Fe \emissiontypeII becomes dominant near the hydrogen ionization front, while He \emissiontypeI* drops off drastically at the front. Thus, solutions in this region of the slab have fixed by and the ratio fixed by . Due to the tight correlation of and , all valid solutions have a similar ratio laying (nearly) on a straight line in the - plane for number densities greater than cm. At these densities, the slabs do not form a hydrogen ionization front. As we go to densities lower than cm, a front forms, behind which Fe \emissiontypeII and Mg \emissiontypeII increase linearly with .

In order to determine what effects choice of SED may have on and , we compare results of the MF87 SED with results of a softer SED. The soft SED has an optical to X-ray spectral index compared to the MF87 SED with (with the convention ) and was generated using the Cloudy command agn 375000 -1.50 -0.125 -1.00, where the numbers are the temperature of the UV bump, , , , respectively. We find the resulting and are nearly identical and conclude that changing the SED only affects the energetics through , a finding consistent with the analysis of QSO 1044+3656 reported in Arav et al. (2010).

Another assumption in our models is solar abundances. To check the sensitivity of our results to metallicity changes, we use the abundances in table 2 of Ballero et al. (2008) for metallicity Z=4.23 with the MF87 SED and . While helium abundances are expected to increase with oxygen abundances (e.g., Olive & Scully (1996)), the amount of increase varies for different galaxies. Therefore, to be conservative, we increase the helium abundance significantly to 15% above solar. We find that is approximately 0.02 dex lower and is approximately 0.15 dex lower for the increased metallicity model with . We discuss the effect of these changes on the energetics of the outflow in the next section.

7 Energetics of the Outflow

Of particular interest for any outflow are its mass (), the average mass flow rate () and mechanical work output or kinetic luminosity (). Assuming the outflow is in a form of a thin partial shell moving with a constant radial velocity (), at a distance from the source, the mass of the outflow is:


where is the total column density of hydrogen, is the mass of a proton, =1.4 is the plasma’s mean molecular weight per proton, and is the fraction of the shell occupied by the outflow. The average mass flow rate is given by dividing the outflowing mass by the dynamical time scale of the outflow (see full discussion in Arav et al 2010), therefore


For the troughs we consider in AKARI J1757+5907, the median velocity of the system is km s. We assume that  = 0.2, which is the percentage of quasars showing BALs in their spectrum (see discussion in Dunn et al. (2010)).

To determine the distance, we solve equation (1) for , which depends on and . The lack of Fe \emissiontypeII* detection yields an upper limit of cm (see Section 6), and therefore, as shown below, a lower limit on .

For the range , our photoionization solutions obey the relationships and , where ( decreases as increases). The first relationship arises from the requirement of being close to a hydrogen ionization front, and the second is due to the decreasing electron population at the He\emissiontypeI* meta stable level for lower number densities. Therefore, equation (1) yields . We use the solar abundances photoionization solution values from Section 6 (, = 20.82 cm for cm) and from Section 5. Inserting these values into equation (1), provides a lower limit on the distance, 3.7 kpc for cm, which only increases to 6.6 kpc for (cm) due to the weak dependence of on . From equation (3) we observe that and depend linearly on the product , which is proportional to . Therefore, the upper limit for provides lower limit to and . Using the and derived for cm, we find lower limits of 70 yr and 2.0 10 ergs s, where .

In the previous section, we discussed changes in and due to metallicity and SED changes. Using the Ballero et al. (2008) abundances for Z/Z=4.23 reduces the mass flow rate by . Changing to the soft SED described in the previous section results in very small changes in and , but increases by a factor of , increasing the mass flow rate by a factor of .

The mass of the black hole () of AKARI J1757+5907 is derived to be based on the width of the H emission line of km s and the dereddened optical luminosity of erg s. We use the formula in Bennert et al. (2010) based on the calibrations of broad-line region size-luminosity relation (Bentz et al., 2006) and the virial coefficient taken from Onken et al. (2004). The derived is used for calculation of mass accretion rate () based on the accretion disk model by Kawaguchi (2003), which takes into account the effects of electron scattering (opacity and disk Comptonization) and the relativistic effects. The is 110 yr, which is similar to the lower limit of .

We note that the we use is based the percentage of quasars showing C \emissiontypeIV BALs. In a recent work, Dai et al. (2010) have shown that in the near infra-red surveys low ionization BALs (LoBALs) fraction is 4%, considerably higher than deduced from optical surveys (probably due to obscuration effects in the optical band). A more appropriate comparison in our case is to include somewhat narrower outflows with 1000 km s km s. For these LoBALs based on “Absorption index” (Trump et al., 2006), Dai et al. (2010) find a 7.2% fraction. The frequency of He \emissiontypeI* outflows is much less known. The strongest He \emissiontypeI* line in the optical () is shifted outside the optical range for objects where we can detect C \emissiontypeIV from the ground (e.g., z=1.5 for SDSS spectra), so a meaningful census of these outflows is difficult to come by. Anecdotally, we find that in most cases where we detect Fe \emissiontypeII absorption trough, we also detect He \emissiontypeI* troughs provided we have a clear spectral coverage of the latter (e.g., Arav et al. (2008, 2010)).

We also point out that AKARI J1757+5907 as well as QSO 2359-1241 do not have measurable Fe \emissiontypeII absorption in their low resolution spectra. Also, their outflow velocities ( km s) and widths of troughs are moderate. Quasars with similar moderate outflows are more numerous than extreme FeLoBALs (e.g., SDSS J0318-0600, Hall et al. (2002)), and as we show here, can have similar mass flow rate and kinetic luminosity as the more extreme ones. This fact suggests the mass flow rate and kinetic luminosity values found here are more common among quasars, than judged by the rarity of extreme FeLoBALs. If we assume as a conservative limit that the of the outflow seen in AKARI J1757+5907 is similar to the 7.2% LoBALs fraction found by Dai et al. (2010) then , which will reduce the values for mass flow rate and kinetic luminosity accordingly.

8 Discussion

In Table 4 we show our and determinations in quasar BAL outflows to date (the older, less accurate, ones are shown in table 10 of Dunn et al 2010). While the lower limit on for the AKARI J1757+5907 outflow is rather low for AGN feedback purposes, we note that the corresponding value is large enough to yield a significant contribution for the metal enrichment of the intra-cluster medium around the parent galaxy (see Hallman and Arav 2010 [ApJ submitted])

We also note that this moderate velocity outflow is similar to those discovered in post-starburst galaxies at (Tremonti, Moustakas, Diamond-Stanic, 2007). Those galaxies show an outflow with Mg \emissiontypeII absorption and a velocity of 1000 km s . Their stellar masses are as high as (calculated from stellar population synthesis modeling fit to their spectra). For comparison, the of AKARI J1757+5907 is , therefore based on - relation (Häring & Rix, 2004), the bulge of its host galaxy is estimated at . In addition, our derived is similar to the one Tremonti, Moustakas, Diamond-Stanic (2007) derived for outflow in the massive post-starburst galaxies ( cm s). They also pointed out that AGNs probably exist in those post-starburst galaxies because they get better fit to the spectra with a featureless blue power-law continuum and they detected high-excited emission-lines such as [O \emissiontypeIII] and [Ne \emissiontypeV]. Thus, the outflows seen in the massive post-starburst galaxies may be same phenomena as outflows in quasars. These facts may be one of the indications that the outflow is a common phenomenon among massive galaxies. Tremonti, Moustakas, Diamond-Stanic (2007) had to make several assumptions to derive the physical quantities of the outflow because high resolution spectroscopy for such faint targets is difficult and non-detection of the important diagnostic absorption lines from Fe \emissiontypeII (both ground and excited states) and He \emissiontypeI*. In contrast, our high-resolution spectroscopy of BAL outflows in quasars, can constrain the total hydrogen column density and the distance of outflowing gas from the nucleus, which yield less model dependent estimates for and .

9 Scientific gains with additional observations

9.1 Additional Subaru HDS data

We expect data with a much higher signal-to-noise ratio using Subaru/HDS under good weather conditions. A half hour exposure should have a signal-to-noise ratio of 35 per pixel at 3800 Å where Fe \emissiontypeII* is shifted to. Our current upper limit to Fe \emissiontypeII* is derived from the data with signal-to-noise ratio of 30 per pixel. Fe \emissiontypeII* is 2.3 times stronger absorption than Fe \emissiontypeII* . With two hours ( sec) of exposure time, we expect five times more strict upper limit of the column density for the excited state of Fe \emissiontypeII (385 cm). Such an upper limit would translate to a hydrogen number density of cm. For this value of and our best model at that density ( = -1.66 and = 21.32), we find 5.9 kpc, 1.2 10 ergs s and 340 yr. It is of course possible that we’ll be able to detect Fe \emissiontypeII* absorption, which will give us a determination of and therefore measurements (instead of lower limits) for and .

In this paper our analysis focused on the troughs for which we can measure Fe \emissiontypeII column density. The other six troughs have only upper limits for Fe \emissiontypeII column density given the current signal-to-noise ratio. In order to study the relationship between the troughs, and obtain the integrated values of and for the full outflow, it is important to measure Fe \emissiontypeII column density in all the troughs. Combined with our other measurements, this will constrain the ionization parameter and total hydrogen column density in each individual trough. We detect He \emissiontypeI* absorption from 3 different lines in almost all the troughs (figure 3). The current data at He \emissiontypeI* have a signal-to-noise-ratio of 65 per pixel. In order to get similar or better signal-to-noise ratio at Fe \emissiontypeII resonance lines, and , we will need two additional hours of HDS integration.

9.2 Imaging of outflowing gas

The blue component of [O\emissiontypeIII] emission line has the same outflow velocity to the trough at km s. Furthermore, the derived density and ionization parameter values for the trough are typical for the narrow-line regions of AGNs (see, e.g., Groves, Dopita, Sutherland (2004)). The scale of 3.7 kpc in AKARI J1757+5907 corresponds to \timeform0.55”. The extended nebular gas associated with the outflow can be observed by the [O \emissiontypeIII] emission line by or the [S \emissiontypeIII] emission line by integral filed spectroscopy coupled with adaptive optics observations from large ground-based telescopes. Currently, the solid angle subtended by the outflow is the parameter with the largest uncertainty. Imaging the outflowing gas will directly determine this parameter.

9.3 HST Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) observations

The near UV side of COS offers two important gains for the scientific investigation of the outflow in AKARI J1757+5907. First, using the G230L grating we can cover the full range of 1333–2800 Å (observed frame) with resolution of and obtain data with S/N per resolution element using a total of six HST orbits. Such data will allow us to connect the low ionization absorption studied in this paper with the higher ionization phase seen in Si \emissiontypeIV, C \emissiontypeIV, and N \emissiontypeV. In addition, this spectral range covers 3 pairs of Si \emissiontypeII/Si \emissiontypeII* lines that can determine number density considerably lower than is possible with the lines from the Fe \emissiontypeII E=385 cm lines (essentially the critical density of the Si \emissiontypeII* level is an order of magnitude lower than that of the Fe \emissiontypeII E=385). In the unlikely event that we will detect Si \emissiontypeII, but not Si \emissiontypeII* absorption, which means that the gas density is substantially below the critical density for the Si \emissiontypeII* level, we will have C \emissiontypeII/C \emissiontypeII* transitions covered that can determine the number density down to cm. These diagnostics practically guarantee that we will be able to determine and therefore the distance of the outflow, as long as kpc.

In addition we can target the strongest pair of Si \emissiontypeII/Si \emissiontypeII* lines (1260 Å, 1265 Å) for a higher resolution () in order to obtain a fully resolved trough where we can obtain as a function of velocity for all 9 outflow components. With 6 HST orbits using the COS 225M grating we can obtain high enough S/N to determine for 25-50 resolved velocity points across the full width of the outflow for a large dynamical range in ( cm). This will allow for a sensitive tomography of the outflow and precise determination of the distance to each kinematic component.

We are grateful to the staff of Subaru Telescope especially T.-S. Pyo, and A. Tajitsu, for their assistance during our HDS observations. We thank T. Hattori for taking FOCAS spectra kindly and providing to us. We also thank Jong-Hak Woo, T. Kawaguchi and the referee for their helpful comments. This work was done when K. A. and K. T. K. were staying at the Physics Department of Virginia Tech in summer 2010. K. A. and K. T. K. thank the staff there for hospitality and support during their stay. We acknowledge support form NSF grant AST 0837880. This publication makes use of data products from the Two Micron All Sky Survey, which is a joint project of the University of Massachusetts and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center/California Institute of Technology, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation.



Figure 1: Low resolution spectrum of AKARI J1757+5907. Ordinate is a flux density corrected for the Milky Way extinction in units of erg s cm Å, and abscissa is the observed wavelength in angstrom. The rest wavelength is given along the top axis. The hatched regions indicate the place of telluric absorption.


Figure 2: The H-[O \emissiontypeIII] region of AKARI J1757+5907. (a) Continuum subtracted spectrum. The dotted line is the Fe \emissiontypeII template produced from I Zw 1. The Fe \emissiontypeII template is broadened and scaled at 5170 Å. Note that the Fe \emissiontypeII template is clearly different from Fe \emissiontypeII emission line of AKARI J1757+5907 at 4600-4700 Å and 5260-5400 Å. (b) Fit of the spectrum. H, [O \emissiontypeIII] doublet, and Fe \emissiontypeII are fitted with a three Gaussians (cyan, blue and red lines), two sets of two Gaussians (green lines), and two Lorentzians (magenta lines), respectively.


Figure 3: Outflow troughs in AKARI J1757+5907. Ordinate is a normalized flux density, and abscissa is velocity from the systemic redshift (). Blended parts are denoted as dotted spectra. The dashed vertical line indicates the position of the blue component of [O \emissiontypeIII] emission line. The velocity of that [O \emissiontypeIII] corresponds to the trough at km s.


Figure 4: Top: Absorption troughs from He \emissiontypeI 3890, 3190, and 2946 as red, green, and blue histograms, respectively. Vertical bars represent the statistical uncertainties in the residual intensity. Bottom: Velocity-dependent column density determinations for He \emissiontypeI* from the AOD (red histograms), (blue histograms), and power-law (green histograms) solutions. The velocity-integrated He \emissiontypeI* column density values for the three methods and their associated statistical uncertainties are also listed.


Figure 5: Similar to Figure 4. Top: This shows the trough profiles for the Mg \emissiontypeII doublet lines 2796, 2804 (blue and red histograms, respectively) and their associated statistical uncertainties. Velocity-dependent column density determinations from the AOD (red histograms), (blue histograms), and power-law (green histograms) solutions. The velocity-integrated column density values for the three methods and their associated statistical uncertainties are also listed.


Figure 6: Similar to Figures 4 and 5. Top: The trough profiles for the Fe \emissiontypeII 2600 and 2587 lines as red and blue histograms, respectively. Their associated statistical uncertainties are shown as vertical slashes. Bottom: The AOD, , and power-law column densities plotted as a function of velocity and the respective integrated values in red, blue, and green, respectively.


Figure 7: Reddening of AKARI J1757+5907. Ordinate is a flux density corrected for the Milky Way extinction in units of erg s cm Å and abscissa is a rest wavelength. The rest optical spectrum is shown with the GALEX photometry (the most left cross) and continuum measurements (four crosses) from our spectrum. The power-law continuum reddened by the SMC-type extinction law with is shown with a dot-dashed line.
Source Band flux density/magnitude
POSS-I 15.1 mag.
POSS-I 15.0 mag.
POSS-II 15.2 mag.
POSS-II 15.3 mag.
POSS-II 15.1 mag.
2MASS mag.
2MASS mag.
2MASS mag.
13 This value corresponds to erg s cm Å at 2267 Å.
Table 1: Photometry of AKARI J1757+5907.
Line Å km s
H 7872.0 0.6189 5080
[O \emissiontypeIII] 5008.24 8088.3 0.6150 710
[O \emissiontypeIII] 5008.24 8063.3 0.6100 480
Table 2: Properties of emission lines of AKARI J1757+5907.
Measurement Method / Model parameter
Apparent Optical Depth 156.9 0.8 24.9 0.6 160.9 0.7
Covering factor 179.3 8.0 29.1 3.0 226.7 6.7
Power Law 180.2 3.2 30.4 3.7 602 246
MF87 1.00 20.82 -2.15 3.8 176.5 30.9 1341.5
Soft 1.00 20.81 -2.15 3.8 180.5 32.4 1364.6
MF87 4.23 20.66 -2.17 3.8 172.3 31.2 1815.5
14 in units of cm
Table 3: Measured and model predicted column densities
Object log log log log Reference
(ergs s) (kpc) (cm) (ergs s) ( yr)
AKARI J1757+5907 47.57 1
QSO 1044+3656 46.84 1.7 0.4 20.84 0.10 2.19 0.10 44.81 120 25 2
QSO 23591241 47.67 3.2 20.56 0.15 2.40 0.15 43.36 0.27 90 3
SDSS J0838+2955 47.53 3.3 20.80 0.28 1.95 0.21 45.35 300 4
SDSS J03180600 47.69 5.9 0.4 19.90 0.17 3.08 0.05 44.55 60 20 5
15 Calculated using equation (3) assuming . The values for the last three objects are half of those founds in the reference due to the use of an improved estimate for and given by equation (3), over those given by equations (9) and (10) in Dunn et al. (2010).16 1-This Work, 2-Arav et al. (2010), 3-Korista et al. (2008) & Bautista et al. (2010), 4-Moe et al. (2009), 5-Dunn et al. (2010)
Table 4: Properties of Measured Outflows to Date


  1. thanks: Based on data collected at Subaru Telescope, which is operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.
  2. affiliation: Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, 650 North A’ohoku Place, Hilo,
    HI 96720, U.S.A.
  3. affiliation: Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, 650 North A’ohoku Place, Hilo,
    HI 96720, U.S.A.
  4. affiliation: Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8602
  5. affiliation: Department of Physics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, U.S.A.
  6. affiliation: Department of Physics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, U.S.A.
  7. affiliation: Department of Physics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, U.S.A.
  8. affiliation: Department of Physics, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5252, U.S.A.
  9. affiliation: Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, 3-1-1 Yoshinodai, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 229-8510
  10. affiliation: Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, 3-1-1 Yoshinodai, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 229-8510
  11. IRAF is distributed by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.
  12. This SED differs from the MF87 SED by the addition of a sub-millimeter break at 10 m.
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