The spectral energy distributions of active galactic nuclei

M. J.I. Brown, K. J. Duncan, H. Landt, M. Kirk, C. Ricci, N. Kamraj, M. Salvato, T. Ananna

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We present spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of 41 active galactic nuclei, derived from multiwavelength photometry and archival spectroscopy. All of the SEDs span at least 0.09 to 30 μm, but in some instances wavelength coverage extends into the X-ray, farinfrared, and radio. For some active galactic nuclei (AGNs) we have fitted the measured far-infrared photometry with greybody models, while radio flux density measurements have been approximated by power laws or polynomials. We have been able to fill some of the gaps in the spectral coverage using interpolation or extrapolation of simple models. In addition to the 41 individual AGN SEDs, we have produced 72 Seyfert SEDs by mixing SEDs of the central regions of Seyferts with galaxy SEDs. Relative to the literature, our templates have broader wavelength coverage and/or higher spectral resolution.We have tested the utility of our SEDs by using them to generate photometric redshifts for 0 < z ≤ 6.12 AGNs in the Boötes field (selected with X-ray, IR, and optical criteria) and, relative to SEDs from the literature, they produce comparable or better photometric redshifts with reduced flux density residuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3351-3367
Number of pages17
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019


  • Galaxies: Active
  • Galaxies: Distances and redshifts
  • Galaxies: Seyfert
  • Quasars: Emission lines
  • Quasars: General

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