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Title: A historic jet-emission minimum reveals hidden spectral features in 3C 273
Authors: Türler, M.
Chemyakova, M.
Courvoisier, T. J-L.
Popescu, L.
Türler, M.
Chemyakova, M.
Popescu, L.
Foellmi, C.
Aller, M. F.
Aller, H. D.
Kraus, A.
Krichbaum, T. P.
Lähteenmäki, A.
Tornikoski, M.
Marscher, A.
McHardy, I. M.
O'Brien, P. T.
Page, K. L.
Robson, E. I.
Ungerechts, H.
First Published: May-2006
Publisher: EDP Sciences for European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Citation: Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2006, 451 (1)
Abstract: Aims. The aim of this work is to identify and study spectral features in the quasar 3C 273 usually blended by its strong jet emission. Methods. A historic minimum in the sub-millimetre emission of 3C 273 triggered coordinated multi-wavelength observations in June 2004. X-ray observations from the INTEGRAL, XMM-Newton and RXTE satellites are complemented by ground-based optical, infrared, millimetre and radio observations. The overall spectrum is used to model the infrared and X-ray spectral components. Results. Three thermal dust emission components are identified in the infrared. The dust emission on scales from 1 pc to several kpc is comparable to that of other quasars, as expected by AGN unification schemes. The observed weakness of the X-ray emission supports the hypothesis of a synchrotron self-Compton origin for the jet component. There is a clear soft-excess and we find evidence for a very broad iron line which could be emitted in a disk around a Kerr black hole. Other signatures of a Seyfert-like X-ray component are not detected.
DOI Link: 10.1051/0004-6361:200600023
ISSN: 0004-6361
eISSN: 1432-0746
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2006 ESO. Reproduced with permission from Astronomy & Astrophysics, © ESO.
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