A Significant Excess in Major Merger Rate for AGNs with the Highest Eddington Ratios at z < 0.2

  title={A Significant Excess in Major Merger Rate for AGNs with the Highest Eddington Ratios at z < 0.2},
  author={Victor Marian and Knud Jahnke and Irham Taufik Andika and Eduardo Ba{\~n}ados and Vardha N. Bennert and S. H. Cohen and Bernd Husemann and Melanie Kaasinen and Anton M. Koekemoer and Mira Mechtley and Masafusa Onoue and Jan-Torge Schindler and Malte Schramm and Andreas Schulze and John D. Silverman and I. Smirnova-Pinchukova and Arjen van der Wel and Carolin Villforth and Rogier A. Windhorst},
  journal={arXiv: Astrophysics of Galaxies},
Observational studies are increasingly finding evidence against major mergers being the dominant mechanism responsible for triggering AGN. After studying the connection between major mergers and AGN with the highest Eddington ratios at z=2, we here expand our analysis to z 0.3, and 25 mass- and redshift-matched control galaxies. To match the appearance of the two samples, we add synthetic point sources to the inactive comparison galaxies. The combined sample of AGN and inactive galaxies was… Expand

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