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Title: On the performance of quasar reverberation mapping in the era of time-domain photometric surveys

We quantitatively assess, by means of comprehensive numerical simulations, the ability of broadband photometric surveys to recover the broad emission line region (BLR) size in quasars under various observing conditions and for a wide range of object properties. Focusing on the general characteristics of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), we find that the slope of the size-luminosity relation for the BLR in quasars can be determined with unprecedented accuracy, on the order of a few percent, over a broad luminosity range and out to z ∼ 3. In particular, major emission lines for which the BLR size can be reliably measured with LSST include Hα, Mg II λ2799, C III] λ1909, C IV λ1549, and Lyα, amounting to a total of ≳ 10{sup 5} time-delay measurements for all transitions. Combined with an estimate for the emission line velocity dispersion, upcoming photometric surveys will facilitate the estimation of black hole masses in active galactic nuclei over a broad range of luminosities and redshifts, allow for refined calibrations of BLR size-luminosity-redshift relations in different transitions, as well as lead to more reliable cross-calibration with other black hole mass estimation techniques.
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Department of Physics, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa 31905 (Israel)
  2. Department of Physics, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76203 (United States)
  3. Department of Physics and Astronomy, 4129 Frederick Reines Hall, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22357066
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 785; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ACCURACY; BLACK HOLES; CALIBRATION; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; DATA ANALYSIS; DISPERSIONS; EMISSION; GALAXIES; GALAXY NUCLEI; GEOCHEMICAL SURVEYS; GEOPHYSICAL SURVEYS; LUMINOSITY; LYMAN LINES; MASS; QUASARS; RED SHIFT; TELESCOPES; TIME DELAY