3 years ago

A catalog of quasar properties from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey.

Pang Ting-Ting, Huang Yong, Chen Zhi-Fu, Pan Da-Sheng

Using the quasars with z_em < 0.9 from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey, we measure the spectral characteristics, including continuum and emission lines, around the Hbeta and Halpha spectral regions, which are lacking in Quasar Data Release 12 (DR12Q). We estimate the virial black hole mass from broad Halpha and/or \hbeta, and infer quasar redshifts from O III5007 emission lines. All the measurements and derived quantities are publicly available. The comparison between O III5007 based redshifts and the visual inspection redshifts included in DR12Q indicates that the visual inspection redshifts are robust. We find that the FWHMs of the broad Halpha are consistent with those of the broad Hbeta, while both the equivalent widths and line luminosities of the broad Halpha are obviously larger than the corresponding quantities of the broad Hbeta. We also find that there is an obviously systematic offset between the Hbeta and Halpha based mass if they are inferred from the empirical relationships in the literature. Using our large quasar sample, we have improved the Hbeta and Halpha based mass estimators by minimizing the difference between the Hbeta- and Halpha-based mass. For the black hole mass estimator (Equation (1)), we find that the coefficients (a,b)=(7.00,0.50) for the Halpha and (a,b)=(6.96,0.50) for the Hbeta are the best choices.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.07907

DOI: arXiv:1801.07907v1

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