Type II quasars are the long-sought luminous analogs of type 2 (narrow emission line) Seyfert galaxies, suggested by unification models of active galactic nuclei (AGNs) and postulated to account for an appreciable fraction of the cosmic hard X-ray background. We present a sample of 291 type II AGNs at redshifts 0.3 < Z < 0.83 from the spectroscopic data of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. These objects have narrow (FWHM < 2000 km s -1), high equivalent width emission lines with high-ionization line ratios. We describe the selection procedure and discuss the optical properties of the sample. About 50% of the objects have [O III] λ5008 line luminosities in the range 3 × 10 8-10 10 L ⊙, comparable to those of luminous (-27 < M B < -23) quasars; this, along with other evidence, suggests that the objects in the luminous subsample are type II quasars.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science