We are carrying out sensitive X-ray observations with Chandra and XMM-Newton of type II quasars selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey based on their optical emission line properties. In this paper we present the first results of our program. We present observations of four objects at redshifts 0.4 < z < 0.8, and an analysis of the archival data for four additional objects in the same redshift range. Six of the eight were detected in X-rays; five of them have sufficient signal to derive spectral information. All of the detected sources have intrinsic luminosities L2-10keV > 5×1043ergs s-1; the five with sufficient counts for spectral fitting show evidence for significant absorption (NH ≳ a few × 1022 cm-2). At least three of the objects likely have NH > 1023 cm-2; some may be Compton-thick (NH > 1024 cm-2). In the five objects for which we could fit spectra, the slopes tend to be significantly flatter than typically observed in AGNs; it is possible that this is due either to reprocessing of the nuclear emission or to a line of sight that passes through patchy absorption.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science
- Galaxies: active
- Quasars: general