AGN Zoo and Classi cations of Active Galaxies

Document Type: Research Paper


Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO), Byurakan 0213, Aragatzotn Province, Armenia;


We review the variety of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) classes (so-called\AGN zoo") and classification schemes of galaxies by activity types based on their optical emission-line spectrum, as well as other parameters and other than optical wave-length ranges. A historical overview of discoveries of various types of active galaxies is given, including Seyfert galaxies, radio galaxies, QSOs, BL Lacertae objects, Star-bursts, LINERs, etc. Various kinds of AGN diagnostics are discussed. All known AGN types and subtypes are presented and described to have a homogeneous classification scheme based on the optical emission-line spectra and in many cases, also other parameters. Problems connected with accurate classifications and open questions related to AGN and their classes are discussed and summarized.