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In these proceedings I briefly: (1) review the impact (or feedback) that active galactic nuclei (AGN) are predicted to have on their host galaxies and larger scale environment, (2) review the observational evidence for or against these predictions and (3) present new results on ionised outflows in AGN. The observational support for the maintenance mode of feedback is strong (caveat the details); AGN at the centre of massive halos appear to be regulating the cooling of hot gas, which could in turn control the levels of future star formation (SF) and black hole growth. In contrast, direct observational support for more rapid forms of feedback, which dramatically impact on SF (i.e., the quasar mode), remains elusive. From a systematic study of the spectra of ≈24 000 AGN we find that extreme ionised gas kinematics are common, and are most prevalent in radio bright AGN (L 1.4 GHz > 103 W Hz-1). Follow-up IFU observations have shown that these extreme gas kinematics are extended over kilo-parsec scales. However, the co-existence of high-levels of SF, luminous AGN activity and radio jets raises interesting questions on the primary drivers and impact of these outflows. Galaxy-wide, high-mass outflows are being observed in an increasing number of AGN and are a plausible mechanism for the depletion of gas; however, there is still much work to be done to determine the physical processes that drive these outflows and to measure the level of impact that they have on their host galaxies. Copyright © International Astronomical Union 2014.
Author(s): Harrison CM
Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Publication status: Published
Conference Name: IAU Symposium 304: Multiwavelength AGN Surveys and Studies
Year of Conference: 2013
Print publication date: 01/10/2013
Online publication date: 25/07/2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Series Title: Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union