The first GeV outburst of the radio-loud narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy PKS 1502+036.
PALIYA V.S. and STALIN C.S.
Abstract (from CDS):
The γ-ray-loud narrow-line Seyfert 1 (γ-NLSy1) galaxy PKS 1502+036 (z = 0.409) exhibited its first γ-ray outburst on 2015 December 20. In the energy range of 0.1-300 GeV, the highest flux measured by the Fermi-Large Area Telescope is (3.90 ± 1.52) x 10–6 ph cm–2 s–1, which is the highest γ-ray flux ever detected from this object. The associated spectral shape is soft (Γ_0.1-300 GeV_ = 2.57 ± 0.17) and this corresponds to an isotropic γ-ray luminosity of (1.2 ± 0.6) x 1048 erg s–1. We generate the broadband spectral energy distribution (SED) during the GeV flare and reproduce it using a one-zone leptonic emission model. The optical-UV spectrum can be explained by a combination of synchrotron and accretion disk emission, whereas the X-ray-to-γ-ray SED can be satisfactorily reproduced by inverse-Compton scattering of thermal photons that originated from the torus. The derived SED parameters hint that the increase in the bulk Lorentz factor is a major cause of the flare and the location of the emission region is estimated as being outside the broad-line region but still inside the torus. A comparison of the GeV-flaring SED of PKS 1502+036 with that of two other γ-NLSy1 galaxies, namely, 1H 0323+342 (z = 0.061) and PMN J0948+0022 (z = 0.585), and also with flat spectrum radio quasar (FSRQ) 3C 279 (z = 0.536), has led to the conclusion that the GeV-flaring SEDs of γ-NLSy1 galaxies resemble FSRQs and a major fraction of their bolometric luminosities are emitted at γ-ray energies.