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Paper: The Obscuring Medium in Active Galactic Nuclei
Volume: 249, The Central Kiloparsec of Starbursts and AGN: the La Palma Connection
Page: 256
Authors: Maiolino, R.
Abstract: I discuss various pieces of observational evidence for the hypothesis that the relation between dust absorption and gas absorption in AGN is different than in the ``standard'' Galactic case. This property might imply a mismatch between optical and X-ray classification of AGN in terms of their absorption. I also discuss the possible scenarios which might be responsible for the peculiar properties of dust in AGN. In particular, I will focus on the possible formation of large grains as a consequence of coagulation in low-luminosity AGN, and on grain destruction as a consequence of the strong radiation pressure in high-luminosity AGN.
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