The most powerful quasar outflows as revealed by the Civ \(\lambda1549\) resonance line

  • P. Marziani
  • M. A. Martínez Carballo
  • J. W. Sulentic
  • A. Del Olmo
  • G. M. Stirpe
  • D. Dultzin
Original Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Line Shifts in Astrophysics and Laboratory Plasma


Outflows from quasars may be almost ubiquitous, but there are significant differences on a source- by-source basis. These differences can be organized along the 4D Eigenvector 1 sequence: at low z, only the Population A sources radiating at relatively high Eddington ratio show evidences of prominent high- velocity outflows from the Civ\(\lambda\)1549 line profiles. Here we discuss, starting from recent observations of high-luminosity sample of Hamburg-ESO quasars, the Civ\(\lambda\)1549 emission line profiles and how they are affected by outflow motion as a function of the quasar luminosity. Our high-luminosity sample has the notable advantage that the rest frame has been set by previous H\(\beta\) observations in the J, H, and K band, therefore making measurements of inter-line shift accurate and free of systemic biases. As the redshift increases and the luminosity of the brightest quasars grows, powerful, high-velocity outflows may become more frequent. We then discuss the outflow contextualisation following the 4DE1 approach as a tool for unveiling the nature of the so-called Weak Lined Quasars (WLQs) that have emerged in recent years as a new, poorly understood class of quasars. We estimate the kinetic power associated with the Civ\(\lambda\)1549 emitting gas in outflow, and we suggest that the host galaxies of the most luminous sources may experience a significant feedback effect.


Galaxies: active Quasars: emission lines Quasars: general 



We thank the referee, Martin Gaskell, for suggestions that improved the presentation of the paper, and a second anonymous reviewer for suggesting an important reference. A.dO. and J.S. acknowledge the support by the Junta de Andalucía through project TIC114, and the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) through project AYA2013-42227-P. P.M. acknowledges the hospitality of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC) where part of this work was done. The TNG is operated on the island of La Palma by the Fundación Galileo Galilei of the INAF (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica) at the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Marziani
    • 1
  • M. A. Martínez Carballo
    • 2
  • J. W. Sulentic
    • 2
  • A. Del Olmo
    • 2
  • G. M. Stirpe
    • 3
  • D. Dultzin
    • 4
  1. 1.Osservatorio Astronomico di PadovaINAFPadovaItalia
  2. 2.Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC)GranadaSpain
  3. 3.Osservatorio Astronomico di BolognaINAFBolognaItalia
  4. 4.Instituto de AstronomíaUNAMMexicoMexico

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