The Effect of Radiation Pressure on Emission-line Profiles and Black Hole Mass Determination in Active Galactic Nuclei

@article{Netzer2010TheEO,
  title={The Effect of Radiation Pressure on Emission-line Profiles and Black Hole Mass Determination in Active Galactic Nuclei},
  author={Hagai Netzer and Paola Marziani},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2010},
  volume={724},
  pages={318-328}
}
We present a new analysis of the motion of pressure-confined, broad-line region (BLR) clouds in active galactic nuclei (AGNs) taking into account the combined influence of gravity and radiation pressure. We calculate cloud orbits under a large range of conditions and include the effect of column density variation as a function of location. The dependence of radiation pressure force on the level of ionization and the column density are accurately computed. The main results are as follows. (1… Expand

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