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|Title:||Local AGN survey (LASr): I. Galaxy sample, infrared colour selection, and predictions for AGN within 100 Mpc||Authors:||Asmus, D.
Greenwell, C. L.
Boorman, P. G.
Alexander, D. M.
Assef, R. J.
BALDI, RANIERI DIEGO
Davies, R. I.
Hönig, S. F.
Rosario, D. J.
|Issue Date:||2020||Journal:||MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY||Number:||494||Issue:||2||First Page:||1784||Abstract:||To answer major questions on supermassive black hole (SMBH) and galaxy evolution, a complete census of SMBH growth, I.e. active galactic nuclei (AGN), is required. Thanks to all-sky surveys by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and the Spectrum-Roentgen-Gamma (SRG) missions, this task is now feasible in the nearby Universe. We present a new survey, the Local AGN Survey (LASr), with the goal of identifying AGN unbiased against obscuration and determining the intrinsic Compton-thick (CT) fraction. We construct the most complete all-sky galaxy sample within 100 Mpc (90 per cent completeness for log (M<SUB>*</SUB>/M<SUB>⊙</SUB>) ∼ 9.4), four times deeper than the current reference, the Two Micron All-Sky Survey Redshift Survey (2MRS), which misses 20 per cent of known luminous AGN. These 49k galaxies serve as parent sample for LASr, called LASr-GPS. It contains 4.3k already known AGN, 82 per cent of these are estimated to have L<SUP>nuc</SUP> (12μm) < 10<SUP>42.3</SUP> erg s<SUP>-1</SUP>, I.e. are low-luminosity AGN. As a first method for identifying Seyfert-like AGN, we use WISE-based infrared colours, finding 221 galaxies at L<SUP>nuc</SUP> (12 μm) ≥ 10<SUP>42.3</SUP> erg s<SUP>-1</SUP> to host an AGN at 90 per cent reliability. This includes 61 new AGN candidates and implies an optical type 2 fraction of 50-71 per cent. We quantify the efficiency of this technique and estimate the total number of AGN with L<SUP>int</SUP> (2-10 keV) ≥ 10<SUP>42</SUP> erg s<SUP>-1</SUP> in the volume to be 362<SUP>+145</SUP><SUB>-116</SUB> (8.6<SUP>+3.5</SUP><SUB>-2.8</SUB> × 10<SUP>-5</SUP> Mpc<SUP>-3</SUP>). X-ray brightness estimates indicate the CT fraction to be 40-55 per cent to explain the Swift non-detections of the infrared selected objects. One third of the AGN within 100 Mpc remain to be identified, and we discuss the prospects for the eROSITA all-sky survey to detect them.||URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12386/31033||URL:||https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article/494/2/1784/5809379||ISSN:||0035-8711||DOI:||10.1093/mnras/staa766||Bibcode ADS:||2020MNRAS.494.1784A||Fulltext:||open|
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