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Paper: Quasar Radio Dichotomy: Two Peaks, or not Two Peaks, That is the Question
Volume: 311, AGN Physics with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
Page: 347
Authors: Ivezic, Z.; Richards, G.T.; Hall, P.B.; Lupton, R.H.; Jagoda, A.S.; Knapp, G.R.; Gunn, J.E.; Strauss, M.A.; Schlegel, D.; Steinhardt, W.; Siverd, R.J.
Abstract: Recent claims by Ivezic et al. (2002) that the distribution of the radio-to-optical flux ratio, R, for quasars is bimodal (the so-called quasar radio dichotomy) were questioned on statistical grounds by Cirasuolo et al. (2003). We apply the approach suggested by Cirasuolo et al. to a sample of ~ 10,000 objects detected by SDSS and FIRST, and find support for the quasar radio dichotomy. The discrepancy between the claims by Cirasuolo et al. and the results presented here is most likely because 1) the ~100 times larger sample based on two homogeneous surveys that is used here allows a direct determination of the R distribution, rather than relying on indirect inferences based on Monte Carlo simulations of several heterogeneous surveys, and 2) the accurate SDSS colors and redshift information — allowing robust determination of the K-correction for R, which, if unaccounted for, introduces significant scatter that masks the intrinsic properties of the quasar R distribution.
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