Apart from viewing-dependent obscuration, intrinsic broad-line emission from active galactic nuclei (AGN) follows an evolutionary sequence: type 1 → 1.2/1.5 → 1.8/1.9 → 2 as the accretion rate on to the central black hole is decreasing. This spectral evolution is controlled, at least in part, by the parameter Lbol/M2/3, where Lbol is the AGN bolometric luminosity and M is the black hole mass. Both this dependence and the double-peaked profiles that emerge along the sequence arise naturally in the disc-wind scenario for the AGN broad-line region.
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Elitzur, Moshe; Ho, Luis C.; and Trump, Jonathan R., "Evolution of Broad-Line Emission from Active Galactic Nuclei" (2014). Physics and Astronomy Faculty Publications. 16.