FERMI/LARGE AREA TELESCOPE DISCOVERY OF GAMMA-RAY EMISSION FROM THE FLAT-SPECTRUM RADIO QUASAR PKS 1454-354
2009 (English)In: Astrophysical Journal, ISSN 0004-637X, E-ISSN 1538-4357, Vol. 697, no 1, 934-941 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We report the discovery by the Large Area Telescope (LAT) onboard the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope of high-energy gamma-ray (GeV) emission from the flat-spectrum radio quasar PKS 1454-354 (z = 1.424). On 2008 September 4, the source rose to a peak flux of (3.5 +/- 0.7) x 10(-6) ph cm(-2) s(-1) (E > 100 MeV) on a timescale of hours and then slowly dropped over the following 2 days. No significant spectral changes occurred during the flare. Fermi/LAT observations also showed that PKS 1454-354 is the most probable counterpart of the unidentified EGRET source 3EG J1500-3509. Multiwavelength measurements performed during the following days (7 September with Swift; 6-7 September with the ground-based optical telescope Automated Telescope for Optical Monitoring; 13 September with the Australia Telescope Compact Array) resulted in radio, optical, UV, and X-ray fluxes greater than archival data, confirming the activity of PKS 1454-354.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 697, no 1, 934-941 p.
galaxies: active, gamma rays: observations, quasars: individual (PKS, 1454-354), source catalog, egret sources, sky survey, identifications, sample, distributions, software, blazars, mission, model
Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-18385DOI: 10.1088/0004-637x/697/1/934ISI: 000265764000080ScopusID: 2-s2.0-66649113970OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-18385DiVA: diva2:336431
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