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1998ApJ...493....1W Emission Line and Ultraviolet to X-Ray Continuum Correlations: Constraints on the Anisotropy of the Ionizing Continuum in Active Galactic Nuclei TING-GUI WANG, YOU-JUN LU, AND YOU-YUAN ZHOU Center for Astrophysics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026, People's Republic of China; tw@cfasun.cfa.ustc.edu.cn Received 1996 November 5; accepted 1997 September 2 ABSTRACT Anisotropic emission of the ionizing continuum is a general prediction of accretion disk models. In this paper, we present the results of correlation analysis of the UV emission line and UV to X-ray continuum properties for a large sample of broad emission line AGNs observed with ROSAT, IUE, and HST. We find strong correlations between the C IV/Ly{alpha} ratio, the equivalent width of C IV, and the UV to soft X- ray spectral slope. The results are in good agreement with the photoionization calculation, suggesting that the overall ionizing continuum can well match the observed UV to soft X-ray spectrum. These results are consistent with the assumption of an isotropic ionizing continuum shape. Our analysis suggests a small range for the "big blue bump" cutoff energy for the objects in this sample, consistent with the similar results of Laor et al. and Walter & Fink based on continuum properties. The mean UV to X-ray spectral slope is similar to the soft X- ray spectral slope. This similarity also holds for radio-loud and radio- quiet objects separately. This suggests that the two might be drawn from the same distribution. The two spectral slopes are only weakly correlated. The UV to X-ray spectral index is correlated with absolute optical magnitude. This result confirms the earlier suggestion that the ionizing continua are softer for higher luminosity objects. Subject headings: galaxies: nuclei-quasars: general
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