The multiwavelength properties of red QSOs - Evidence for dusty winds as the origin of QSO reddening

G. Calistro Rivera, D. M. Alexander, D. J. Rosario, C. M. Harrison, M. Stalevski, S. Rakshit, V. A. Fawcett, L. K. Morabito, L. Klindt, P. N. Best, M. Bonato, R. A. A. Bowler, T. Costa, R. Kondapally

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Fundamental differences in the radio properties of red quasars (QSOs), as compared to blue QSOs, have been recently discovered, positioning them as a potential key population in the evolution of galaxies and black holes across cosmic time. To elucidate their nature, we exploited a rich compilation of photometry and spectroscopic data to model their spectral energy distributions (SEDs) from the UV to the FIR and characterise their emission-line properties. Following a systematic comparison approach, we infer the AGN accretion, obscuration, and host galaxy properties in a sample of ~1800 QSOs at 0.21000 km/s) in red QSOs. We find that red QSOs that exhibit evidence for high-velocity winds present a stronger signature of the infrared excess, suggesting a causal connection between reddening and the presence of hot dust in QSO winds. We propose that dusty winds at nuclear scales are potentially the physical ingredient responsible for the colours in red QSOs, as well as a key parameter for the regulation of accretion material in the nucleus.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 27 Feb 2021


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