AGN STORM 2. II. Ultraviolet observations of Mrk 817 with the cosmic origins spectrograph on the Hubble Space Telescope

Y. Homayouni*, Gisella De Rosa, Rachel Plesha, Gerard A. Kriss, Aaron J. Barth, Edward M. Cackett, Keith Horne, Erin A. Kara, Hermine Landt, Nahum Arav, Benjamin D. Boizelle, Misty C. Bentz, Thomas G. Brink, Michael S. Brotherton, Doron Chelouche, Elena Dalla Bontà, Maryam Dehghanian, Pu Du, Gary J. Ferland, Laura FerrareseCarina Fian, Alexei V. Filippenko, Travis Fischer, Ryan J. Foley, Jonathan Gelbord, Michael R. Goad, Diego H. González Buitrago, Varoujan Gorjian, Catherine J. Grier, Patrick B. Hall, Juan V. Hernández Santisteban, Chen Hu, Dragana Ilić, Michael D. Joner, Jelle Kaastra, Shai Kaspi, Christopher S. Kochanek, Kirk T. Korista, Andjelka B. Kovačević, Daniel Kynoch, Yan-Rong Li, Ian M. McHardy, Jacob N. McLane, Missagh Mehdipour, Jake A. Miller, Jake Mitchell, John Montano, Hagai Netzer, Christos Panagiotou, Ethan Partington, Richard W. Pogge, Luka Č. Popović, Daniel Proga, Daniele Rogantini, Thaisa Storchi-Bergmann, David Sanmartim, Matthew R. Siebert, Tommaso Treu, Marianne Vestergaard, Jian-Min Wang, Martin J. Ward, Tim Waters, Peter R. Williams, Fatima Zaidouni, Ying Zu

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We present reverberation mapping measurements for the prominent ultraviolet broad emission lines of the active galactic nucleus Mrk 817 using 165 spectra obtained with the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph on the Hubble Space Telescope. Our ultraviolet observations are accompanied by X-ray, optical, and near-infrared observations as part of the AGN Space Telescope and Optical Reverberation Mapping Program 2 (AGN STORM 2). Using the cross-correlation lag analysis method, we find significant correlated variations in the continuum and emission-line light curves. We measure rest-frame delayed responses between the far-ultraviolet continuum at 1180 Å and Lyα λ1215 Å ( 10.4−1.4+1.6 days), N v λ1240 Å ( 15.5−4.8+1.0 days), Si iv + ]O iv λ1397 Å ( 8.2−1.4+1.4 days), C iv λ1549 Å ( 11.8−2.8+3.0 days), and He ii λ1640 Å ( 9.0−1.9+4.5 days) using segments of the emission-line profile that are unaffected by absorption and blending, which results in sampling different velocity ranges for each line. However, we find that the emission-line responses to continuum variations are more complex than a simple smoothed, shifted, and scaled version of the continuum light curve. We also measure velocity-resolved lags for the Lyα and C iv emission lines. The lag profile in the blue wing of Lyα is consistent with virial motion, with longer lags dominating at lower velocities, and shorter lags at higher velocities. The C iv lag profile shows the signature of a thick rotating disk, with the shortest lags in the wings, local peaks at ±1500 km s−1, and a local minimum at the line center. The other emission lines are dominated by broad absorption lines and blending with adjacent emission lines. These require detailed models, and will be presented in future work.
Original languageEnglish
Article number85
Number of pages18
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2023


  • Astrophysics - Astrophysics of galaxies


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