Faculty Research at Morehead State University


What powers the radio-loud narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy RX J2314.9+2243?


Dirk Grupe

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Aims. Radio-loud narrow-line type 1 galaxies provide us with a fresh look at the blazar phenomenon, the causes of radio loudness, and the physics of jet formation. We present a multi-wavelength study of the radio-loud narrow-line type 1 quasar RX J2314.9+2243, which exhibits some remarkable multi-wavelength properties. It is among the few radio-loud narrow-line type 1 galaxies, with a tentative γ-ray detection, is luminous in the infrared, and shows an exceptionally broad and blueshifted [OIII]λ5007 emission-line component. Methods. In order to understand the nature of this source, we have obtained optical, UV, X-ray, and radio observations of RX J2314.9+2243. Results. Its spectral energy distribution (SED) shows a broad hump extending between the IR and far-UV, a steep radio spectrum and flat X-ray spectrum. Its IR to far-UV SED is consistent with a scenario, in which synchrotron emission from a jet dominates the broadband emission, even though an absorption scenario cannot yet be fully excluded. The high blueshift of its very broad [OIII] component, 1260 km s−1, is consistent with a face-on view, with the jet (and outflow) pointing towards us. RX J2314.9+2243 likely represents an extreme case of AGN induced feedback in the local universe.