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Optical intraday variability studies of 10 low energy peaked blazars

Bindu Rani, Alok C. Gupta, U. C. Joshi, S. Ganesh and Paul J. Wiita

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 413, issue 3, pages 2157-2172
Published in print May 2011 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online May 2011 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2011.18288.x
Optical intraday variability studies of 10 low energy peaked blazars

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We have carried out optical (R band) intraday variability (IDV) monitoring of a sample of 10 bright low energy peaked blazars (LBLs). 40 photometric observations, of an average of ∼4 h each, were made between 2008 September and 2009 June using two telescopes in India. Measurements with good signal-to-noise ratios were typically obtained within 1–3 min, allowing the detection of weak, fast variations using N-star differential photometry. We employed both structure function and discrete correlation function analysis methods to estimate any dominant time-scales of variability and found that in most of the cases any such time-scales were longer than the duration of the observation. The calculated duty cycle of IDV in LBLs during our observing run is ∼52 per cent, which is low compared to many earlier studies; however, the relatively short periods for which each source was observed can probably explain this difference. We briefly discuss possible emission mechanisms for the observed variability.

Keywords: galaxies: active; BL Lacertae objects: general; galaxies: photometry

Journal Article.  7483 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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