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On broad emission-line profiles from active galactic nuclei

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A broad-line region (BLR) disc model is derived and fitted to 121 published broad emission-line profiles from quasistellar objects (QSOs) and Seyfert I galaxies. Keplerian rotation of material in calm circular orbits, plus stimulated non-isotropic emission is best suited to explain the observed profiles. BLR discs in QSOs are, within the framework of the model, found to be tapered and extensive, whereas Seyfert I discs are usually fanned out but equally extensive. The material density in each disc appears to be constant with radius. In QSO emission-line profiles, the peak relative to adjacent continuum intensity increases with increasing logarithm of disc mass or maximum radius, on average.

Keywords: Emission lines; Quasistellar objects; Seyfert I galaxies

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: February 1, 2004

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