An AGN sample with high X-ray-to-optical flux ratio from RASS
I. The optical identification
Beijing Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100012, PR China
2 National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100012, PR China
Accepted: 26 August 1999
We present the first results of a program to identify the unknown bright active galactic nuclei (AGN) in the ROSAT All Sky Survey Bright Source Catalog (RASS-BSC). We have used as an alternative expression for , where C is X-ray count rate and R stands for R magnitude. Then a high X-ray-to-optical flux ratio criterion has been used to select an AGN sample with 165 unidentified X-ray sources for optical spectroscopy. Those 165 X-ray sources have been identified in the following classes: 115 emission line AGN (QSOs and Seyferts), 2 BL Lac objects and 4 BL Lac candidates, 22 clusters of galaxies, 12 Galactic stars and 10 objects remain unidentified. This represent a success rate of about 73% for detecting AGN using our selection criteria. Plausibility is based upon the optical classification and X-ray characteristics of the sources.
Key words: surveys / X-rays: general / X-rays: galaxies / galaxies: active
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