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Multiepoch multiwavelength spectra and models for blazar 3C 279

Hartman, R. C., Bottcher, M., Aldering, G., Aller, H., Aller, M., Backman, D. E., Balonek, T. J., Bertsch, D. L., Bloom, S. D., Bock, H., Boltwood, P., Carini, M. T., Collmar, W., De Francesco, G., Ferrara, E. C., Freudling, W., Gear, Walter Kieran ORCID:, Hall, P. B., Heidt, J., Hughes, P., Hunter, S. D., Jogee, S., Johnson, W. N., Kanbach, G., Katajainen, S., Kidger, M., Kii, T., Koskimies, M., Kraus, A., Kubo, H., Kurtanidze, O., Lanteri, L., Lawson, A., Lin, Y. C., Lisenfeld, U., Madejski, G., Makino, F., Maraschi, L., Marscher, A. P., McFarland, J. P., McHardy, I., Miller, H. R., Nikolashvili, M., Nilsson, K., Noble, J. C., Nucciarelli, G., Ostorero, L., Pian, E., Pursimo, T., Raiteri, C. M., Reich, W., Rekola, R., Richter, G. M., Robson, E. I., Sadun, A., Savolainen, T., Sillanpaa, A., Smale, A., Sobrito, G., Sreekumar, P., Stevens, J. A., Takalo, L. O., Tavecchio, F., Terasranta, H., Thompson, D. J., Tornikoski, M., Tosti, G., Ungerechts, H., Urry, C. M., Valtaoja, E., Villata, M., Wagner, S. J., Wehrle, A. E. and Wilson, J. W. 2001. Multiepoch multiwavelength spectra and models for blazar 3C 279. Astrophysical Journal 553 (2) , pp. 683-694. 10.1086/320970

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Of the blazars detected by EGRET in GeV γ-rays, 3C 279 is not only the best observed by EGRET but also one of the best monitored at lower frequencies. We have assembled 11 spectra, from GHz radio through GeV γ-rays, from the time intervals of EGRET observations. Although some of the data have appeared in previous publications, most are new, including data taken during the high states in early 1999 and early 2000. All of the spectra show substantial γ-ray contribution to the total luminosity of the object; in a high state, the γ-ray luminosity dominates over that at all other frequencies by a factor of more than 10. There is no clear pattern of time correlation; different bands do not always rise and fall together, even in the optical, X-ray, and γ-ray bands. The spectra are modeled using a leptonic jet, with combined synchrotron self-Compton plus external Compton γ-ray production. Spectral variability of 3C 279 is consistent with variations of the bulk Lorentz factor of the jet, accompanied by changes in the spectral shape of the electron distribution. Our modeling results are consistent with the UV spectrum of 3C 279 being dominated by accretion disk radiation during times of low γ-ray intensity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: gamma rays: observations; quasars: individual (3C 279)
Publisher: Institute of Physics Science
ISSN: 0004-637X
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:17

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