Chemical abundances of Seyfert 2 AGNs- II. N2 metallicity calibration based on SDSS

DOI: 
10.1093/mnras/staa193
Publication date: 
01/02/2020
Main author: 
Carvalho, S. P.
IAA authors: 
Pérez-Montero, E.
Authors: 
Carvalho, S. P.;Dors, O. L.;Cardaci, M. V.;Hägele, G. F.;Krabbe, A. C.;Pérez-Montero, E.;Monteiro, A. F.;Armah, M.;Freitas-Lemes, P.
Journal: 
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Refereed: 
Yes
Publication type: 
Article
Pages: 
263
Abstract: 
We present a semi-empirical calibration between the metallicity (Z) of Seyfert 2 Active Galactic Nuclei and the N2=log([N II]λ6584/Hα) emission-line intensity ratio. This calibration was derived through the [O III]λ5007/[O II]λ3727 versus N2 diagram containing observational data and photoionization model results obtained with the CLOUDY code. The observational sample consists of 463 confirmed Seyfert 2 nuclei (redshift z ≲ 0.4) taken from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey DR7 dataset. The obtained Z-N2 relation is valid for the range 0.3 ≲ (Z/Z_{☉ }) ≲ 2.0 which corresponds to -0.7 ≲ (N2) ≲ 0.6. The effects of varying the ionization parameter (U), electron density and the slope of the spectral energy distribution on the Z estimations are of the order of the uncertainty produced by the error measurements of N2. This result indicates the large reliability of our Z - N2 calibration. A relation between U and the [O III]/[O II] line ratio, almost independent of other nebular parameter, was obtained.
Database: 
ADS
URL: 
https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/#abs/2020MNRAS.492.5675C/abstract
ADS Bibcode: 
2020MNRAS.492.5675C
Keywords: 
galaxies: active;galaxies: abundances;galaxies: evolution;galaxies: nuclei;galaxies: formation;galaxies: ISM;galaxies: Seyfert