Suzaku and multi-wavelength observations of OJ 287 during the periodic optical outburst in 2007



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Antoranz Canales, Pedro and Barrio Uña, Juan Abel and Contreras González, José Luis and Fonseca González, Mª Victoria and Miranda Pantoja, José Miguel and Nieto, Daniel (2009) Suzaku and multi-wavelength observations of OJ 287 during the periodic optical outburst in 2007. Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan, 61 (5). pp. 1011-1022. ISSN 0004-6264

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Suzaku observations of the blazar OJ 287 were performed in 2007 April 10-13 and November 7-9. They correspond to a quiescent and a flaring state, respectively. The X-ray spectra of the source can be well-described with single power-law models in both exposures. The derived X-ray photon index and the flux density at 1 keV were found to be Gamma = 1.65 +/- 0.02 and S(1) (keV) = 215 +/- 5 nJy in the quiescent state. In the flaring state, the source exhibited a harder X-ray spectrum (Gamma = 1.50 +/- 0.01) with a nearly doubled X-ray flux density of S(1 keV) = 404(-5)(+6) nJy Moreover, significant hard X-ray signals were detected up to similar to 27 keV. In cooperation with Suzaku, simultaneous radio, optical, and very-high-energy gamma-ray observations of OJ 287 were performed with the Nobeyama Millimeter Array, the KANATA telescope, and the MAGIC telescope, respectively. The radio and optical fluxes in the flaring state (3.04 +/- 0.46 Jy and 8.93 +/- 0.05 mJy at 86.75 Hz and in the V-band, respectively) were found to be higher by a factor of 2-3 than those in the quiescent state (1.73 +/- 0.26 Jy and 3.03 +/- 0.01 mJy at 86.75 Hz and in the V-band, respectively). No notable gamma-ray events were detected in either observation. The spectral energy distribution of OJ 287 indicated that the X-ray spectrum was dominated by inverse Compton radiation in both observations, while synchrotron radiation exhibited a spectral cutoff at around the optical frequency. Furthermore, no significant difference in the synchrotron cutoff frequency was found between the quiescent and flaring states. According to a simple synchrotron self-Compton model, the change of the spectral energy distribution is due to an increase in the energy density of electrons with small changes of both the magnetic field strength and the maximum Lorentz factor of electrons.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:BL-Lacertae Objects, Gamma-Ray Emission, Black-Hole Model, All-Sky Survey, Board Suzaku, Telescope, OJ-287, Blazars, System, Performance.
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Electronics
Sciences > Physics > Electricity
Sciences > Physics > Nuclear physics
ID Code:23057
Deposited On:11 Oct 2013 08:39
Last Modified:31 Dec 2020 00:01

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