On quasar host galaxies as tests of non-cosmological redshifts
2005 (English)In: Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, ISSN 0035-8711, E-ISSN 1365-2966, Vol. 359, no 3, 1193-1200 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Despite a general consensus in the astronomical community that all quasars are located at the distances implied by their redshifts, a number of observations still challenge this interpretation, possibly indicating that some subpopulation of quasars may harbour significant redshift components not related to the expansion of the Universe. It has been suggested that these objects may have been ejected from local galaxies and are likely to evolve into new galaxies themselves. Here, a test of such exotic scenarios is proposed, based on the spectral energy distribution of the galaxies hosting quasars with suspected ejection origin. Provided that the time-scales over which the ejected objects manifest themselves as quasars is short, one would in the framework of the ejection scenarios expect to find either no quasar host galaxy, a pseudo-host consisting of gas ionized by the quasar, or a host galaxy consisting of young stars only. It is argued that the spectral energy distributions corresponding to the last two options should differ significantly from that of most quasar host galaxies detected at low redshift so far, thus providing a potential test of the claimed existence of ejected quasars. A minimal implementation of this test, involving optical and near-infrared broad-band photometry, is suggested.
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2005. Vol. 359, no 3, 1193-1200 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93163DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2005.08989.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-93163DiVA: diva2:166554