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Britzen S.,Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy | Zamaninasab M.,Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy | Aller M.,University of Michigan | Aller H.,University of Michigan | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Physics: Conference Series | Year: 2012

We report the detection of the first VLBI ring-structure around the core of an AGN - around the core of the quasar 3C454.3. This ring-structure starts being visible in VLBI maps around 1996. It expands with an apparent velocity between 0.11±0.01mas/yr and 0.18±0.01mas/yr and dominates the pc-scale structure for at least 14 years. This is the result of a re-analysis of 41 VLBA data sets at six different radio frequencies observed between 1995.57 and 2011.48. We observe a correlation between radio flaring, flux-density variability, a ring-structure and kinematic properties of the jet. Taken together, it is tempting to see a causal connection and to explain all of this geometrically. The kinematic changes as well as the changes in the flaring characteristics might be caused by a change of the angle to the line of sight towards the observer. This behaviour resembles our findings for 0735+178 - with 3C454.3 being the second AGN to reveal kinematic mode changes. These mode changes could be explained by the presence of a supermassive binary black hole. 3C454.3 had been modelled as a binary black hole before.

Fan J.H.,Guangzhou University | Fan J.H.,Astronomy Science and Technology Research Laboratory | Liu Y.,Guangzhou University | Liu Y.,Astronomy Science and Technology Research Laboratory | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy | Year: 2011

Variability is one of the characteristics of blazars. The rapid variability is superposed on the long term variation. In this work, the variability on different time scales, such as intra-day (IDV), short-term (STV) and long-term (LTV) variations are presented for some sources. We also presented our own observations of some selected objects, for which the historical data were compiled for periodicity analysis using several methods. The parameters of the binary black hole system OJ 287 are determined. © 2011 Indian Academy of Sciences.

Akyuz A.,NASA | Thompson D.J.,NASA | Donato D.,NASA | Donato D.,University of Maryland University College | And 12 more authors.
Astronomy and Astrophysics | Year: 2013

Aims. The observation of γ-ray flares from blazar 0836+710 in 2011, following a period of quiescence, offered an opportunity to study correlated activity at different wavelengths for a high-redshift (z = 2.218) active galactic nucleus. Methods. Optical and radio monitoring, plus Fermi-LAT γ-ray monitoring provided 2008-2012 coverage, while Swift offered auxiliary optical, ultraviolet, and X-ray information. Other contemporaneous observations were used to construct a broad-band spectral energy distribution. Results. There is evidence of correlation but not a measurable lag between the optical and γ-ray flaring emission. In contrast, there is no clear correlation between radio and γ-ray activity, indicating radio emission regions that are unrelated to the parts of the jet that produce the γ rays. The γ-ray energy spectrum is unusual in showing a change of shape from a power law to a curved spectrum when going from the quiescent state to the active state. © ESO, 2013.

Hayashida M.,Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology | Hayashida M.,Kyoto University | Madejski G.M.,Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology | Nalewajko K.,University of Colorado at Boulder | And 102 more authors.
Astrophysical Journal | Year: 2012

We present time-resolved broadband observations of the quasar 3C279 obtained from multi-wavelength campaigns conducted during the first two years of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope mission. While investigating the previously reported γ-ray/optical flare accompanied by a change in optical polarization, we found that the optical emission appears to be delayed with respect to the γ-ray emission by about 10days. X-ray observations reveal a pair of "isolated" flares separated by 90 days, with only weak γ-ray/optical counterparts. The spectral structure measured by Spitzer reveals a synchrotron component peaking in the mid-infrared band with a sharp break at the far-infrared band during the γ-ray flare, while the peak appears in the millimeter (mm)/submillimeter (sub-mm) band in the low state. Selected spectral energy distributions are fitted with leptonic models including Comptonization of external radiation produced in a dusty torus or the broad-line region. Adopting the interpretation of the polarization swing involving propagation of the emitting region along a curved trajectory, we can explain the evolution of the broadband spectra during the γ-ray flaring event by a shift of its location from 1pc to 4pc from the central black hole. On the other hand, if the γ-ray flare is generated instead at sub-pc distance from the central black hole, the far-infrared break can be explained by synchrotron self-absorption. We also model the low spectral state, dominated by the mm/sub-mm peaking synchrotron component, and suggest that the corresponding inverse-Compton component explains the steady X-ray emission. © 2012. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved..

Fan J.H.,Guangzhou University | Fan J.H.,Astronomy Science and Technology Research Laboratory | Kurtanidze O.,Abastumani Observatory | Kurtanidze O.,Kazan Federal University | And 6 more authors.
Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series | Year: 2014

Variability is one of the most observable characteristics of active galactic nuclei, and it is important when considering the emission mechanism. In this paper, we report optical photometry monitoring of two nearby brightest quasars, PHL 1811 and 3C 273, using the ST-6 camera attached to the Newtonian focus and the Ap6E CCD camera attached to the primary focus of the 70 cm meniscus telescope at the Abastumani Observatory, Georgia. PHL 1811 was monitored during the period from 2002 September to 2012 December, while 3C 273 was monitored during the period from 1998 February to 2008 May. During our monitoring period, the two sources did not show any significant intra-day variability. The largest detected variations are ΔR = 0.112 ± 0.010 mag. for PHL 1811, ΔB = 0.595 ± 0.099 mag, ΔV = 0.369 ± 0.028 mag, ΔR = 0.495 ± 0.076 mag, and ΔI = 0.355 ± 0.009 mag for 3C 273. When the periodicity analysis methods are adopted for the observations of the sources, a period of p = 5.80 ± 1.12 yr is obtained for PHL 1811 in the R light curve in the present work, and periods of p = 21.10 ± 0.14, 10.00 ± 0.14, 7.30 ± 0.09, 13.20 ± 0.09, 2.10 ± 0.06, and 0.68 ± 0.05 yr are obtained for 3C 273 based on the data in the present work combined with historical works. © 2014. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved..

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