BASS. XXII. the BASS DR2 AGN Catalog and Data

Michael J. Koss*, Claudio Ricci, Benny Trakhtenbrot, Kyuseok Oh, Jakob S. Den Brok, Julian E. Mejía-Restrepo, Daniel Stern, George C. Privon, Ezequiel Treister, Meredith C. Powell, Richard Mushotzky, Franz E. Bauer, Tonima T. Ananna, Mislav Baloković, Rudolf E. Bär, George Becker, Patricia Bessiere, Leonard Burtscher, Turgay Caglar, Enrico CongiuPhil Evans, Fiona Harrison, Marianne Heida, Kohei Ichikawa, Nikita Kamraj, Isabella Lamperti, Fabio Pacucci, Federica Ricci, Rogério Riffel, Alejandra F. Rojas, Kevin Schawinski, Matthew J. Temple, C. Megan Urry, Sylvain Veilleux, Jonathan Williams

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


We present the active galactic nucleus (AGN) catalog and optical spectroscopy for the second data release of the Swift BAT AGN Spectroscopic Survey (BASS DR2). With this DR2 release we provide 1449 optical spectra, of which 1182 are released for the first time, for the 858 hard-X-ray-selected AGNs in the Swift BAT 70-month sample. The majority of the spectra (801/1449, 55%) are newly obtained from Very Large Telescope (VLT)/X-shooter or Palomar/Doublespec. Many of the spectra have both higher resolution (R > 2500, N ∼450) and/or very wide wavelength coverage (3200-10000 Å, N ∼600) that are important for a variety of AGN and host galaxy studies. We include newly revised AGN counterparts for the full sample and review important issues for population studies, with 47 AGN redshifts determined for the first time and 790 black hole mass and accretion rate estimates. This release is spectroscopically complete for all AGNs (100%, 858/858), with 99.8% having redshift measurements (857/858) and 96% completion in black hole mass estimates of unbeamed AGNs (722/752). This AGN sample represents a unique census of the brightest hard-X-ray-selected AGNs in the sky, spanning many orders of magnitude in Eddington ratio (L/L Edd = 10-5-100), black hole mass (M BH = 105-1010 M o˙), and AGN bolometric luminosity (L bol = 1040-1047 erg s-1 ).

Original languageEnglish
Article number2
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2022


Dive into the research topics of 'BASS. XXII. the BASS DR2 AGN Catalog and Data'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this