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16 January 2022
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The Radio Quiescence of Active Galaxies with High Accretion Rates
Jenny E. Greene ; Luis C. Ho ; & James S. Ulvestad ;
Date 7 Sep 2005
Subject astro-ph
AffiliationCfA), Luis C. Ho (Carnegie Observatories), & James S. Ulvestad (NRAO
AbstractWe present 6 cm Very Large Array observations of the Greene & Ho (2004) sample of 19 low-mass active galaxies with high accretion rates. This is one of the only studies of a uniform sample of narrow-line Seyfert 1 (NLS1) galaxies with such high sensitivity and resolution. Although we detect only one source, the entire sample is very radio-quiet down to strong limits. GH10 was found to have a radio power of 8.5 x 10^21 W/Hz, and a ratio R = f(6 cm)/f(4400 A) of 2.8. The 3 sigma upper limits for the remaining nondetections correspond to radio powers from 3 x 10^20 to 8 x 10^21 W/Hz and 0.47 < R <9.9. Stacking all nondetections yields an even stronger upper limit of R < 0.27. An assessment of existing observations in the literature confirms our finding that NLS1s are consistently radio-quiet, with a radio-loud fraction of 0%-6%, which is significantly lower than the 10%-20% observed in the general quasar population. By analogy with stellar-mass black holes, we argue that AGNs undergo a state transition at L_bol/L_Edd~0.01. Below this value a radiatively inefficient accretion flow effectively drives an outflow, which disappears when the flow turns into an optically thick, geometrically thin disk, or a radiation pressure-dominated slim disk at still higher L_bol/L_Edd.
Source arXiv, astro-ph/0509198
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