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HST Imaging of z> 0.4 Quasar Host Galaxies Selected by Quasar Radio and Optical Properties 1

By Eric J. Hooper, Chris D. Impey and Craig B. Foltz


A sample of 16 quasars selected from the Large Bright Quasar Survey in the redshift range 0.4 < z < 0.5 has been imaged in the R band with the Planetary Camera on the WFPC2 instrument of the Hubble Space Telescope. The host galaxy magnitudes are mostly similar to or brighter than L ∗ , and the host luminosity is positively correlated with the luminosity of the quasar nuclear component. There is no distinction in host galaxy magnitude between radio-loud and radio-quiet quasars, assuming they are all of the same galaxy type. Many of the host galaxies in the sample have small axial ratios, which may indicate that they are inclined disk systems. Alternatively, this elongated appearance may be due to bars or other distinctive morphological features which are visible while the bulk of the underlying lower surface brightness components of the host galaxy are not. Subject headings: galaxies:active – quasars:general 1 Accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. This work is based on observation

Year: 1997
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