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Title: NUSTAR Unveils a Heavily Obscured Low-luminosity Active Galactic Nucleus in the Luminous Infrared Galaxy NGC 6286
Author: Ricci, C.
Bauer, F. E.
Treister, E.
Romero-Cañizales, C.
Arevalo, P.
Iwasawa, Kazushi
Privon, G. C.
Sanders, D. B.
Schawinski, K.
Stern, D.
Imanishi, Masatoshi
Keywords: Galàxies actives
Raigs X
Active galaxies
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2016
Publisher: Institute of Physics (IOP)
Abstract: We report the detection of a heavily obscured active galactic nucleus (AGN) in the luminous infrared galaxy (LIRG) NGC 6286 identified in a 17.5 ks Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array observation. The source is in an early merging stage and was targeted as part of our ongoing NuSTAR campaign observing local luminous and ultra-luminous infrared galaxies in different merger stages. NGC 6286 is clearly detected above 10 keV and by including the quasi-simultaneous Swift/XRT and archival XMM-Newton and Chandra data, we find that the source is heavily obscured (NH sime(0.95−1.32) × 1024 cm−2) with a column density consistent with being Compton-thick (CT, $\mathrm{log}({N}_{{\rm{H}}}/{\mathrm{cm}}^{-2})\geqslant 24$). The AGN in NGC 6286 has a low absorption-corrected luminosity (L2−10 keV ~ 3−20 × 1041 erg s−1) and contributes lesssim1% to the energetics of the system. Because of its low luminosity, previous observations carried out in the soft X-ray band (<10 keV) and in the infrared did not notice the presence of a buried AGN. NGC 6286 has multiwavelength characteristics typical of objects with the same infrared luminosity and in the same merger stage, which might imply that there is a significant population of obscured low-luminosity AGNs in LIRGs that can only be detected by sensitive hard X-ray observations.
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It is part of: Astrophysical Journal, 2016, vol. 819, num. 1
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ISSN: 0004-637X
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