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2001AJ....121.1872H - Astron. J., 121, 1872-1885 (2001/April-0)

Long-term optical variability of radio-selected quasars from the FIRST survey.

HELFAND D.J., STONE R.P.S., WILLMAN B., WHITE R.L., BECKER R.H., PRICE T., GREGG M.D. and McMAHON R.G.

Abstract (from CDS):

We have obtained single-epoch optical photometry for 202 quasars, taken from the FIRST Bright Quasar Survey, which span a wide range in radio loudness. Comparison with the magnitudes of these objects on the POSS-I plates provides by far the largest sample of long-term variability amplitudes for radio-selected quasars yet produced. We find the quasars to be more variable in the blue than in the red band, consistent with work on optically selected samples. The previously noted trend of decreasing variability with increasing optical luminosity applies only to radio-quiet objects. Furthermore, we do not confirm a rise in variability amplitude with redshift, nor do we see any dependence on radio flux or luminosity. The variability over a radio-optical flux ratio range spanning a factor of 60,000 from radio-quiet to extreme radio-loud objects is largely constant, although there is a suggestion of greater variability in the extreme radio-loud objects. We demonstrate the importance of Malmquist bias in variability studies and develop a procedure to correct for the bias in order to reveal the underlying variability properties of the sample.

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Journal keyword(s): Methods: Statistical - Galaxies: Quasars: General - Surveys

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/AJ/121/1872): table2.dat>

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