Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 481, 5046-5061 (2018/December-3)
Prospects for gamma-ray observations of narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxies with the Cherenkov Telescope Array.
ROMANO P., VERCELLONE S., FOSCHINI L., TAVECCHIO F., LANDONI M. and KNODLSEDER J.
Abstract (from CDS):
Gamma-ray-emitting narrow-line Seyfert 1 (γ-NLS1) galaxies are thought to harbour relatively low-mass black holes (106-108 M☉) accreting close to the Eddington limit. They show characteristics similar to those of blazars, such as flux and spectral variability in the gamma-ray energy band and radio properties which point towards the presence of a relativistic jet. These characteristics make them an intriguing class of sources to be investigated with the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), the next-generation ground-based gamma-ray observatory. We present our extensive set of simulations of all currently known γ-ray emitters identified as NLS1s (20 sources), investigating their detections and spectral properties, taking into account the effect of both the extragalactic background light in the propagation of gamma-rays and intrinsic absorption components. We find that the prospects for observations of γ-NLS1 with CTA are promising. In particular, the brightest sources of our sample, SBS 0846+513, PMN J0948+0022, and PKS 1502+036, can be detected during high/flaring states, the former two even in the case in which the emission occurs within the highly opaque central regions, which prevent gamma-rays above a few tens of GeV to escape. In this case, the low-energy threshold of CTA will play a key role. If, on the other hand, high-energy emission occurs outside the broad-line region, we can detect the sources up to several hundreds of GeV - depending on the intrinsic shape of the emitted spectrum. Therefore, CTA observations will provide valuable information on the physical conditions and emission properties of their jets.
© 2018 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society
galaxies: jets - galaxies: Seyfert - gamma rays: galaxies
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