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Title: SDSS-IV MaNGA: How Galaxy Interactions Influence Active Galactic Nuclei

We present a comparative study of active galactic nuclei (AGN) between galaxy pairs and isolated galaxies with the final data release of the MaNGA integral field spectroscopic survey. We build a sample of 391 kinematic galaxy pairs within the footprint of the survey and select AGN using the survey's spectra. We use the comoving volume densities of the AGN samples to quantify the effects that tidal interactions have on the triggering of nuclear accretion. Our hypothesis is that the pair sample contains AGN that are triggered by not only stochastic accretion but also tidally induced accretion and correlated accretion. With the level of stochastically triggered AGN fixed by the control sample, we model the strength of tidally induced accretion and correlated accretion as a function of projected separation (rp) and compare the model expectations with the observed volume densities of dual AGN and offset AGN (single AGN in a pair). Atrp∼ 10 kpc, we find that tidal interactions induce ∼30% more AGN than stochastic fueling and cause ∼12% of the offset AGN to become dual AGN because of correlations. The strength of both these effects decreases with increasingrp. We also find that the [Oiii] luminosities of the AGN in more » galaxy pairs are consistent with those found in isolated galaxies, likely because stochastically fed AGN dominate even among close pairs. Our results illustrate that while we can detect tidally induced effects statistically, it is challenging to separate tidally induced AGN and stochastically triggered AGN in interacting galaxies.

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The Astrophysical Journal
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Article No. 107
DOI PREFIX: 10.3847
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National Science Foundation
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