Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 441, 3591-3599 (2014/July-2)
An investigation into the spectral properties of bright Fermi blazars.
HARRIS J., CHADWICK P.M. and DANIEL M.K.
Abstract (from CDS):
We investigate the spectral properties of blazars detected with the Fermi-Large Area Telescope (LAT) in the high-energy regime 100MeV-100GeV. We find that over long time-scales a log-parabola provides an adequate description of the spectrum in almost all objects and in most cases is significantly better than a simple power law or broken power law description. Broken power law descriptions appear to arise from two causes: confusion with nearby sources and as an artefact of older LAT instrument response functions. We create a light curve for 2FGL J2253.9+1609 (3C 454.3), the brightest of the objects investigated. During the quiescent state we find the spectrum to be fairly stable and well described by a log-parabola. There is some evidence that, on average, the peak energy of the inverse Compton emission is lower in the quiescent state than in the time-averaged state, suggesting that increases in flux are due to changing parameters within the jet as opposed to changes in an external photon field. However, no correlation between inverse Compton peak energy and flux is apparent. During high-flux states, deviation of the spectral shape from a simple power law continues. In some cases a log-parabola provides a significantly better fit than a broken power law but in others the reverse is true.