Multiwavelength monitoring of NGC 1275 over a decade: evidence of a shift in synchrotron peak frequency and long-term multiband flux increase

Gulati, Sanna and Bhattacharya, Debbijoy and Bhattacharyya, Subir and Bhatt, Nilay and Stalin, C. S. and Agrawal, V. K. (2021) Multiwavelength monitoring of NGC 1275 over a decade: evidence of a shift in synchrotron peak frequency and long-term multiband flux increase. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 503 (1). pp. 446-457. ISSN 00358711

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Abstract

We carried out a detailed study of the temporal and broad-band spectral behaviour of one of the brightest misaligned active galaxies in γ -rays, NGC 1275, utilizing 11 years of Fermi data and the available Swift and AstroSat observations. Based on the cumulative flux distribution of the γ -ray light curve, we identified four distinct activity states and noticed an increase in thebaseline flux during the first three states. A similar nature of increase in the average flux was also noticed in the X-ray and UV bands. Strong flaring activity in γ -rays was noticed in the fourth state. The source was observed twice by AstroSat for shorter intervals (∼days) during longer observing (∼years) states 3 and 4. During the AstroSat observing periods, the source γ -ray flux was higher than the average flux observed during longer duration states. The increase in average baseline flux from state 1 to state 3 can be explained by considering a corresponding increase of jet particle normalization. The inverse Comptonization of synchrotron photons explained the average X-ray and γ -ray emission by jet electrons during the first three longer duration states. However, during the shorter duration AstroSat observing periods, a shift of synchrotron peak frequency was noticed, and the synchrotron emission of jet electrons explained the observed X-ray flux well.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: galaxies: active, galaxies: jets, quasars: individual: NGC 1275, gamma-rays: galaxies, X-rays: galaxies
Subjects: Departments at MU > Manipal Centre for Natural Sciences
Depositing User: MCNS Library
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2021 05:45
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 05:45
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/157138

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