AAS Meeting #193 - Austin, Texas, January 1999
Session 6. Nearby AGN I - Dust, Gas, Obscuration and Fuelling
Display, Wednesday, January 6, 1999, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall 1

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[6.08] Star formation and nuclear activity in AGN

H. Schmitt (STScI), T. Storchi-Bergmann (IF-UFRGS-Brazil), R. Cid Fernandes (UFSC-Brazil)

We present the results of an optical spectral synthesis analysis for the nuclei of 20 Seyfert 2 and four Radio Galaxies, using a base of stellar population templates of different ages and metallicities and a power-law continuum. Compared with the stellar population of elliptical galaxies, we find that Seyfert 2s usually have a smaller contribution from old metal rich stars (10 Gyr, Z\geqZ\odot), and a larger contribution from stars with 100 Myr. We also find that the contributions from stars with age \le 10\ Myr and from a power law continuum are small, rarely exceeding 5 per cent. These results show that the general assumption of elliptical galaxies as stellar population templates for these objects is incorrect, also implying that the excess blue continuum frequently found in their nuclear spectra is probably due to this template mismatch. We find a considerable contribution from 100 Myr stars (\approx 5 per cent), which point to a strong connection between star-formation and nuclear activity and can be interpreted from the point of view of models where the fueling of the AGN is done by interactions/mergers.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: schmitt@stsci.edu

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