Published in Physica Scripta, vol. 17, 1978, 137


OPTICAL EMISSION-LINE SPECTRA OF SEYFERT GALAXIES AND RADIO GALAXIES

E. Donald Osterbrock


Lick Observatory, University of California, Santa Cruz, California, U.S.A.


Abstract. Many radio galaxies have strong emission lines in their optical spectra, similar to the emission lines in the spectra of Seyfert galaxies. The range of ionization extends from [O I] and [N I] through [Ne V] and [Fe VII] to [Fe X]. The emission-line spectra of radio galaxies divide into two types, narrow-line radio galaxies whose spectra are indistinguishable from Seyfert 2 galaxies, and broad-line radio galaxies whose spectra are similar to Seyfert 1 galaxies. However on the average the broad-line radio galaxies have steeper Balmer decrements, stronger [O III] and weaker Fe II emission than the Seyfert I galaxies, though at least one Seyfert I galaxy not known to be a radio source has a spectrum very similar to typical broad-line radio galaxies. Intermediate-type Seyfert galaxies exist that show various mixtures of the Seyfert 1 and Seyfert 2 properties, and the narrow-line or Seyfert 2 property seems to be strongly correlated with radio emission.


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

NARROW-LINE RADIO GALAXIES

BROAD-LINE RADIO GALAXIES

SEYFERT GALAXIES

CORRELATIONS BETWEEN OPTICAL SPECTRA AND RADIO PROPERTIES

REFERENCES

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