AuthorPfeifle, Ryan W.
Sexton, Remington O.
Ellison, Sara L.
Secrest, Nathan J.
Harvey, Jenna B.
AffiliationUniv Arizona, LBT Observ
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CitationRyan W. Pfeifle et al 2019 ApJ 883 167
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AbstractThe coevolution of galaxies and the supermassive black holes (SMBHs) at their centers via hierarchical galaxy mergers is a key prediction of Lambda CDM cosmology. As gas and dust are funneled to the SMBHs during the merger, the SMBHs light up as active galactic nuclei (AGNs). In some cases, a merger of two galaxies can encounter a third galaxy, leading to a triple merger, which would manifest as a triple AGN if all three SMBHs are simultaneously accreting. Using high spatial resolution X-ray, near-IR, and optical spectroscopic diagnostics, we report here a compelling case of an AGN triplet with mutual separations <10 kpc in the advanced merger SDSS J084905.51+111447.2 at z = 0.077. The system exhibits three nuclear X-ray sources, optical spectroscopic line ratios consistent with AGN in each nucleus, a high excitation near-IR coronal line in one nucleus, and broad Pa alpha detections in two nuclei. Hard X-ray spectral fitting reveals a high column density along the line of sight, consistent with the picture of late-stage mergers hosting heavily absorbed AGNs. Our multiwavelength diagnostics support a triple AGN scenario, and we rule out alternative explanations such as star formation activity, shock-driven emission, and emission from fewer than three AGN. The dynamics of gravitationally bound triple SMBH systems can dramatically reduce binary SMBH inspiral timescales, providing a possible means to surmount the "Final Parsec Problem." AGN triplets in advanced mergers are the only observational forerunner to bound triple SMBH systems and thus offer a glimpse of the accretion activity and environments of the AGNs prior to the gravitationally bound triple phase.
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SponsorsNational Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) [GO6-17096X, GO7-18099X]; Chandra Help Desk; National Science Foundation (NSF) [AST 1817233, AST-1715413]; CONICYT+PAI Convocatoria Nacional subvencion a instalacion en la academia convocatoria ano 2017 [PAI77170080]; National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA); Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; National Science Foundation (NSF); U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science United States Department of Energy (DOE); University of Arizona; Brazilian Participation Group; Brookhaven National Laboratory United States Department of Energy (DOE); Carnegie Mellon University; University of Florida; French Participation Group; German Participation Group; Harvard University; Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias; Michigan State/Notre Dame/JINA Participation Group; Johns Hopkins University; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory United States Department of Energy (DOE); Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics; Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics; New Mexico State University; New York University; Ohio State University; Pennsylvania State University; University of Portsmouth; Princeton University; Spanish Participation Group; University of Tokyo; University of Utah; Vanderbilt University; University of Virginia; University of Washington; Yale University
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