Héraudeau, Ph.; Oliver, S.; del Burgo, C.; Kiss, C.; Stickel, M.; Mueller, T.; Rowan-Robinson, M.; Efstathiou, A.; Surace, C.; Tóth, L.V.; Serjeant, S. and Alexander, D.M. [et al.]
The European Large Area ISO Survey - VIII. 90-μm final analysis and source counts.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 354(4) pp. 961–970.
This paper discusses the properties of the European Large Area ISO Survey (ELAIS) 15-μm quasars and tries to establish a robust method of quasar selection for future use within the Spitzer Wide-Area Infrared Extragalactic Survey (SWIRE) framework. The importance of good-quality ground-based optical data is stressed, both for the selection of candidates and for the estimation of photometric redshifts. Colour-colour plots and template fitting are used for these purposes. The properties of the 15-μm quasar sample, including variability and black hole masses, are studied and compared to the properties of other quasars that lie within the same fields but have no mid-infrared counterparts. The two subsamples do not present substantial differences and are believed to come from the same parent population.
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