Supermassive black holes and their host galaxies. II. the correlation with near-infrared luminosity revisited

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/780/1/70
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TypeArticle
Journal titleThe Astrophysical Journal
ISSN0004-637X
Volume780
Issue1
Article number70
AbstractWe present an investigation of the scaling relations between supermassive black hole (SMBH) masses, M •, and their host galaxies' K-band bulge (L bul) and total (L tot) luminosities. The wide-field WIRCam imager at the Canada-France-Hawaii-Telescope was used to obtain the deepest and highest resolution near-infrared images available for a sample of 35 galaxies with securely measured M •, selected irrespective of Hubble type. For each galaxy, we derive bulge and total magnitudes using a two-dimensional image decomposition code that allows us to account, if necessary, for large- and small-scale disks, cores, bars, nuclei, rings, envelopes, and spiral arms. We find that the present-day M •-L bul and M •-L tot relations have consistent intrinsic scatter, suggesting that M • correlates equally well with bulge and total luminosity of the host. Our analysis provides only mild evidence of a decreased scatter if the fit is restricted to elliptical galaxies. The log-slopes of the M •-L bul and M •-L tot relations are 0.75 ± 0.10 and 0.92 ± 0.14, respectively. However, while the slope of the M •-L bul relation depends on the detail of the image decomposition, the characterization of M •-L tot does not. Given the difficulties and ambiguities of decomposing galaxy images into separate components, our results indicate that L tot is more suitable as a tracer of SMBH mass than L bul, and that the M •-L tot relation should be used when studying the co-evolution of SMBHs and galaxies.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC); National Science Infrastructure
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