Modeling the Optical Emission Line Profiles of Active Galactic Nuclei: Working Towards a Continuous Optical Classification Scheme Beyond Type1/Type2

Shawn Bowman


The most robust method to model the optical spectrum for active galaxies has been explored. An effort has been made to find if there is a consistent way to model the visible spectrum for AGN. Spectra of eight objects have been refined and decomposed into their individual components and re-plotted. This has been done in order to explore if there is any consistency in the ability to model these spectra by comparing the methods used for each decomposition. There were only a small number of methods that actually yielded valid results for each object. Thus, there was some consistency in how each spectrum was modeled in that the regions showed similarities when finding line fits.