The Lick AGN Monitoring Project 2016: velocity-resolved Hβ lags in luminous Seyfert galaxies

Vivian U*, Aaron J. Barth, H. Alexander Vogler, Hengxiao Guo, Tommaso Treu, Vardha N. Bennert, Gabriela Canalizo, Alexei V. Filippenko, Elinor Gates, Frederick Hamann, Michael D. Joner, Matthew A. Malkan, Anna Pancoast, Peter R. Williams, Jong-Hak Woo, Bela Abolfathi, L. E. Abramson, Stephen F. Armen, Hyun-Jin Bae, Thomas BohnBenjamin D. Boizelle, Azalee Bostroem, Andrew Brandel, Thomas G. Brink, Sanyum Channa, M. C. Cooper, Maren Cosens, Edward Donohue, Sean P. Fillingham, Diego González-Buitrago, Goni Halevi, Andrew Halle, Carol E. Hood, Keith Horne, J. Chuck Horst, Maxime de Kouchkovsky, Benjamin Kuhn, Sahana Kumar, Douglas C. Leonard, Donald Loveland, Christina Manzano-King, Ian McHardy, Raúl Michel, Melanie Kae B. Olaes, Daeseong Park, Songyoun Park, Liuyi Pei, Timothy W. Ross, Jordan N. Runco, Jenna Samuel, Javier Sánchez, Bryan Scott, Remington O. Sexton, Jaejin Shin, Isaac Shivvers, Chance L. Spencer, Benjamin E. Stahl, Samantha Stegman, Isak Stomberg, Stefano Valenti, L. Villafaña, Jonelle L. Walsh, Heechan Yuk, WeiKang Zheng

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We carried out spectroscopic monitoring of 21 low-redshift Seyfert 1 galaxies using the Kast double spectrograph on the 3 m Shane telescope at Lick Observatory from April 2016 to May 2017. Targetingactive galactic nuclei (AGN) with luminosities of λLλ(5100 Å) ≈ 1044 erg s−1 and predicted Hβ lags of∼ 20–30 days or black hole masses of 107–108.5 M⊙, our campaign probes luminosity-dependent trends in broad-line region (BLR) structure and dynamics as well as to improve calibrations for single-epoch estimates of quasar black hole masses. Here we present the first results from the campaign, including Hβ emission-line light curves, integrated Hβ lag times (8–30 days) measured against V -band continuum light curves, velocity-resolved reverberation lags, line widths of the broad Hβ components, and virial black hole mass estimates (107.1–108.1 M⊙). Our results add significantly to the number of existing velocity-resolved lag measurements and reveal a diversity of BLR gas kinematics at moderately high AGN luminosities. AGN continuum luminosity appears not to be correlated with the type of kinematics that its BLR gas may exhibit. Follow-up direct modeling of this dataset will elucidate the detailed kinematics and provide robust dynamical black hole masses for several objects in this sample.
Original languageEnglish
Article number52
Number of pages27
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2022


  • Seyfert galaxies
  • Supermassive black holes
  • Active galactic nuclei
  • Reverbration mapping


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