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Paper: Infrared Constraints on AGN Tori Models
Volume: 381, The Second Annual Spitzer Science Center Conference: Infrared Diagnostics of Galaxy Evolution
Page: 413
Authors: Hatziminaoglou, E.; Fritz, J.; Pérez-Fournon, I.; Franceschini, A.; Hernán-Caballero, A.; Afonso-Luis, A.; Lonsdale, C.; Fang, F.; Oliver, S.; Rowan-Robinson, M.; Shupe, D.; Smith, H.; Surace, J.; González-Solares, E.; the SWIRE Team
Abstract: This work focuses on the properties of dusty tori in active galactic nuclei (AGN) derived from the comparison of SDSS type 1 quasars with mid-Infrared (MIR) counterparts and a new, detailed torus model. The infrared data were taken by the Spitzer Wide-area InfraRed Extragalactic (SWIRE) Survey. Basic model parameters are constraint, such as the density law of the graphite and silicate grains, the torus size and its opening angle. A whole variety of optical depths is supported. The favored models are those with decreasing density with distance from the center, while there is no clear tendency as to the covering factor, i.e. small, medium and large covering factors are almost equally distributed. Based on the models that better describe the observed SEDs, properties such as the accretion luminosity, the mass of dust, the inner to outer radius ratio and the hydrogen column density are computed.
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