Steps toward determination of the size and structure of the broad-line region in active galactic nuclei. XIII. Ultraviolet observations of the broad-line radio galaxy 3C 390.3

Citation
Pt. O'Brien et al., Steps toward determination of the size and structure of the broad-line region in active galactic nuclei. XIII. Ultraviolet observations of the broad-line radio galaxy 3C 390.3, ASTROPHYS J, 509(1), 1998, pp. 163-176
Citations number
57
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Space Sciences
Journal title
ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL
ISSN journal
0004-637X → ACNP
Volume
509
Issue
1
Year of publication
1998
Part
1
Pages
163 - 176
Database
ISI
SICI code
0004-637X(199812)509:1<163:STDOTS>2.0.ZU;2-L
Abstract
As part of an extensive multiwavelength monitoring campaign, the Inter nati onal Ultraviolet Explorer satellite was used to observe the broad-line radi o galaxy 3C 390.3 during the period 1994 December 31-1996 March 5. Spectra were obtained every 6-10 days. The UV continuum varied by a factor of 7 thr ough the campaign, while the broad emission lines varied by factors of 2-5. Unlike previously monitored Seyfert 1 galaxies, in which the X-ray continu um generally varies with a larger amplitude than the UV, in 3C 390.3 the UV continuum light curve is similar in both amplitude and shape to the X-ray light curve observed by ROSAT. The UV broad emission-line variability lags that of the UV continuum by 35-70 days for Ly alpha and C rv, values larger than those found for Seyfert 1 galaxies of comparable UV luminosity. These lags are also larger than those found for the Balmer lines in 3C 390.3 ove r the same period. The red and blue wings of C rv and Ly alpha vary in phas e, suggesting that radial motion does not dominate the kinematics of the UV line-emitting gas. Comparison with archival data provides evidence for vel ocity-dependent changes in the Ly alpha and C rv line profiles, indicating evolution in the detailed properties and/or distribution of the broad-line emitting gas.