2005A&A...443..451F


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2005A&A...443..451F - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 443, 451-463 (2005/11-4)

AGN variability time scales and the discrete-event model.

FAVRE P., COURVOISIER T.J.-L. and PALTANI S.

Abstract (from CDS):

We analyse the ultraviolet variability time scales in a sample of 15 type 1 Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) observed by IUE. Using a structure function analysis, we demonstrate the existence in most objects of a maximum variability time scale of the order of 0.02-1.00 year. We do not find any significant dependence of these maximum variability time scales on the wavelength, but we observe a weak correlation with the average luminosity of the objects. We also observe in several objects the existence of long-term variability, which seems decoupled from the short-term one. We interpret the existence of a maximum variability time scale as a possible evidence that the light curves of type 1 AGN are the result of the superimposition of independent events. In the framework of the so-called discrete-event model, we study the event energy and event rate as a function of the object properties. We confront our results to predictions from existing models based on discrete events. We show that models based on a fixed event energy, like supernova explosions, can be ruled out. In their present form, models based on magnetic blobs are also unable to account for the observed relations. Stellar collision models, while not completely satisfactory, cannot be excluded.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: active - galaxies: Seyfert - quasars: general - ultraviolet: galaxies

Simbad objects: 15

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Number of rows : 15

N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
RA
ICRS (J2000)
DEC
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2021
#notes
1 Mrk 335 Sy1 00 06 19.5371542746 +20 12 10.617456059   14.19 13.85     ~ 1121 0
2 ESO 113-45 Sy1 01 23 45.7630391439 -58 48 20.811630442   14.08 13.83 13.34   ~ 786 0
3 Mrk 1506 Sy1 04 33 11.0958197353 +05 21 15.617543663   15.72 15.05 10.08   ~ 1867 2
4 Mrk 1095 Sy1 05 16 11.4093760763 -00 08 59.158774578   14.30 13.92     ~ 798 1
5 NGC 3516 Sy1 11 06 47.4596406816 +72 34 07.189563769   13.12 12.40     ~ 1435 0
6 NGC 3783 Sy1 11 39 01.7095761008 -37 44 19.008597647   12.46 13.43 11.33 12.1 ~ 1498 0
7 NGC 4151 Sy1 12 10 32.5771747733 +39 24 21.057727323   12.18 11.48     ~ 3423 2
8 3C 273 BLL 12 29 06.6996828061 +02 03 08.598846466   13.05 14.830 14.11   ~ 5389 1
9 NGC 4593 Sy1 12 39 39.4435521178 -05 20 39.035028119   13.95 13.15     ~ 968 0
10 NGC 5548 Sy1 14 17 59.5401093128 +25 08 12.600227883   14.35 13.73     ~ 2434 0
11 ICRF J184208.9+794617 Sy1 18 42 08.9910523393 +79 46 17.129210139   16.06 15.38     ~ 1228 0
12 ESO 141-55 Sy1 19 21 14.1471805047 -58 40 12.981632705   14.36 13.64 13.28   ~ 326 0
13 Mrk 509 Sy1 20 44 09.7504131334 -10 43 24.724854084   13.35 13.12 10.7   ~ 1146 0
14 NGC 7469 Sy1 23 03 15.674 +08 52 25.28 12.60 13.00 12.34     ~ 1915 3
15 Mrk 926 Sy1 23 04 43.4773393553 -08 41 08.632325890   16.20 15.91 9.4   ~ 406 0

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