Journal Article

The rest-frame ultraviolet properties of radio-loud broad absorption line quasars

M. A. DiPompeo, M. S. Brotherton, S. L. Cales and J. C. Runnoe

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 427, issue 2, pages 1135-1152
Published in print December 2012 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online December 2012 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
The rest-frame ultraviolet properties of radio-loud broad absorption line quasars

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We recently presented radio observations of a large sample of radio-loud broad absorption line (BAL) quasars from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and Faint Images of the Radio Sky at Twenty-cm surveys, as well as a well matched sample of unabsorbed quasars, primarily to measure their radio spectral indices and estimate ensemble orientations. Here, we analyse the SDSS spectra of these samples and compare the rest-frame ultraviolet properties of radio-loud BAL and non-BAL quasars. Ultraviolet properties include the continuum shape, emission-line measurements of C iv, Al iii, C iii], Fe ii and Mg ii, and BAL properties including the balnicity index, absorption index and minimum and maximum outflow velocities. We find that radio-loud BAL quasars have similar ultraviolet properties compared to radio-loud non-BAL sources, though they do appear to have redder continua and stronger Fe ii emission, which is consistent with what is found for radio-quiet BAL sources. No correlations exist between outflow properties and orientation (radio spectral index), suggesting that BAL winds along any line of sight are driven by the same mechanisms. There are also few correlations between spectral index and other properties. We conclude that BAL outflows occur along all lines of sight with similar strengths and velocities.

Keywords: quasars: absorption lines; quasars: emission lines; quasars: general

Journal Article.  11356 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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