Near-infrared observations of type 2 QSO at z = 0.9

Kouichiro Nakanishi, Masayuki Akiyama, Kouji Ohta, Toru Yamada

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Results of near-infrared (NIR) observations of a type 2 QSO, AX J08494+4454, at z = 0.9, which was identified in our optical follow-up observations of the ASCA Lynx deep survey, are presented. NIR J-band spectroscopic observations show presence of a narrow (FWHM = 470 km s-1) Hα emission line and no strong broad component, which confirms that this object is type 2, as suggested in the previous optical spectroscopy (no broad Hβ emission). IC and K-band imaging observations reveal that this object has a significantly redder color (IC-K = 3.4 mag) than normal type 1 QSOs but has a similar color to those of nearby type 2 Seyfert galaxies and starburst galaxies. The absolute magnitude of this object in B band is much fainter than M*B for the type 1 QSO luminosity function at z ∼ 0.9, but about 1.5 mag brighter than M*B of the luminosity function for field galaxies at z ∼ 0.9. The red color and the faint optical magnitude may be a result of dust extinction, or we may be seeing the host galaxy with a hidden active nucleus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-593
Number of pages7
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 PART 1
Publication statusPublished - 2000 May 10
Externally publishedYes


  • Galaxies: active
  • Infrared: galaxies
  • Quasars: general

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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