Blowing away the "torus": Dusty winds in AGN

J. Everett*, S. Gallagher, S. Keating

*Corresponding author for this work

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The "torus" is a central component of Active Galactic Nuclei models that produces the observed mid-IR emission, and obscures a large fraction of accreting black holes from direct observation. We explore whether the torus is an outflowing dusty wind driven by both magnetocentrifugal forces and radiation pressure. We have developed a model that includes these driving mechanisms and utilizes 3D Monte Carlo simulations to produce SEDs and images of the wind. We find that, in initial tests, the model is able to approximately reproduce the luminosity of the IR composite Spectral Energy Distribution when the wind has a base column of NH ∼1025 cm-2 and Moutmoumt ∼1M⊙yr-1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMonster's Fiery Breath
Subtitle of host publicationFeedback in Galaxies, Groups, and Clusters - Proceedings of the International Conference
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
EventInternational Conference on Monster's Fiery Breath: Feedback in Galaxies, Groups, and Clusters - Madison, WI, United States
Duration: Jun 1 2009Jun 5 2009


OtherInternational Conference on Monster's Fiery Breath: Feedback in Galaxies, Groups, and Clusters
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMadison, WI


  • Active galactic nuclei
  • Infrared emission
  • Magnetohydrodynamics
  • Outflows
  • Radiative transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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