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Unusual flaring activity in the blazar PKS 1424-418 during 2008-2011

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Buson, S and Longo, F and Larsson, S and Cutini, S and Finke, J and Ciprini, S and Ojha, R and D'Ammando, F and Donato, D and Thompson, DJ and Desiante, R and Bastieri, D and Wagner, S and Hauser, H and Fuhrmann, L and Dutka, M and Muller, C and Kadler, M and Angelakis, E and Zensus, JA and Stevens, J and Blanchard, JM and Edwards, PG and Lovell, JEJ and Gurwell, MA and Wehrle, AE and Zook, A, Unusual flaring activity in the blazar PKS 1424-418 during 2008-2011, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 569 Article A40. ISSN 0004-6361 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201423367

Abstract

Context: Blazars are a subset of active galactic nuclei (AGN) with jets that are oriented along our line of sight. Variability and spectral energy distribution (SED) studies are crucial tools for understanding the physical processes responsible for observed AGN emission.

Aims: We report peculiar behavior in the bright γ-ray blazar PKS 1424-418 and use its strong variability to reveal information about the particle acceleration and interactions in the jet.

Methods: Correlation analysis of the extensive optical coverage by the ATOM telescope and nearly continuous γ-ray coverage by the Fermi Large Area Telescope is combined with broadband, time-dependent modeling of the SED incorporating supplemental information from radio and X-ray observations of this blazar.

Results: We analyse in detail four bright phases at optical-GeV energies. These flares of PKS 1424-418 show high correlation between these energy ranges, with the exception of one large optical flare that coincides with relatively low γ-ray activity. Although the optical/γ-ray behavior of PKS 1424-418 shows variety, the multiwavelength modeling indicates that these di erences can largely be explained by changes in the flux and energy spectrum of the electrons in the jet that are radiating. We find that for all flares the SED is adequately represented by a leptonic model that includes inverse Compton emission from external radiation fields with similar parameters.

Conclusions: Detailed studies of individual blazars like PKS 1424-418 during periods of enhanced activity in di erent wavebands are helping us identify underlying patterns in the physical parameters in this class of AGN.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:galaxies: active, radiation mechanisms: non-thermal, quasars: individual: PKS 1424-418, gamma rays: galaxies, galaxies: jets
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical and Space Sciences
Research Field:Cosmology and Extragalactic Astronomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Author:Blanchard, JM (Mr Jay Blanchard)
Author:Lovell, JEJ (Dr Jim Lovell)
ID Code:98488
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2015-02-17
Last Modified:2017-11-01
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