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Open Access item On the radiative efficiencies, Eddington ratios, and duty cycles of luminous high-redshift quasars

Authors:Shankar, Francesco
Crocce, Martin
Miralda-Escudé, Jordi
Fosalba, Pablo
Weinberg, David H.
Keywords:Cosmology: theory, Galaxies: evolution, Galaxies: high-redshift, Quasars: general
Issue Date:29-Jun-2010
Publisher:American Astronomical Society
Institute of Physics Publishing
Citation:Astrophysical Journal 718 (1) : 231 (2010)
Abstract:We investigate the characteristic radiative efficiency epsilon, Eddington ratio λ, and duty cycle P 0 of high-redshift active galactic nuclei (AGNs), drawing on measurements of the AGN luminosity function at z = 3-6 and, especially, on recent measurements of quasar clustering at z = 3-4.5 from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The free parameters of our models are epsilon, λ, and the normalization, scatter, and redshift evolution of the relation between black hole (BH) mass M BH and halo virial velocity V vir. We compute the luminosity function from the implied growth of the BH mass function and the quasar correlation length from the bias of the host halos. We test our adopted formulae for the halo mass function and halo bias against measurements from the large N-body simulation developed by the MICE collaboration. The strong clustering of AGNs observed at z = 3 and, especially, at z = 4 implies that massive BHs reside in rare, massive dark matter halos. Reproducing the observed luminosity function then requires high efficiency epsilon and/or low Eddington ratio λ, with a lower limit (based on 2σ agreement with the measured z = 4 correlation length) epsilon gsim 0.7λ/(1 + 0.7λ), implying epsilon gsim 0.17 for λ>0.25. Successful models predict high duty cycles, P 0 ~ 0.2, 0.5, and 0.9 at z = 3.1, 4.5, and 6, respectively, and they require that the fraction of halo baryons locked in the central BH is much larger than the locally observed value. The rapid drop in the abundance of the massive and rare host halos at z > 7 implies a proportionally rapid decline in the number density of luminous quasars, much stronger than simple extrapolations of the z = 3-6 luminosity function would predict. For example, our most successful model predicts that the highest redshift quasar in the sky with true bolometric luminosity L > 1047.5 erg s–1 should be at z ~ 7.5, and that all quasars with higher apparent luminosities would have to be magnified by lensing.
Description:El documento auto-archivado es la versión revisada del 17 de mayo.
Publisher version (URL):http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/718/1/231
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10261/38341
ISSN:0004-637X
E-ISSNmetadata.dc.identifier.doi = DOI:1538-4357
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