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1999A&A...344..807K - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 344, 807-816 (1999/4-3)

Unusual radio variability in the BL Lacertae object 0235+164.

KRAUS A., QUIRRENBACH A., LOBANOV A.P., KRICHBAUM T.P., RISSE M., SCHNEIDER P., QIAN S.J., WAGNER S.J., WITZEL A., ZENSUS J.A., HEIDT J., BOCK H., ALLER M. and ALLER H.

Abstract (from CDS):

We present radio observations at three frequencies and contemporaneous optical monitoring of the peculiar BL Lac object AO 0235+164. During a three-week campaign with the VLA we observed intraday variability in this source and found a distinct peak which can be identified throughout the radio frequencies and tentatively connected to the R-band variations. This event is characterized by unusual properties: its strength increases, and its duration decreases with wavelength, and it peaks earlier at 20cm than at 3.6 and 6cm. We discuss several generic models (a ``standard'' shock-in-jet model, a precessing beam, free-free-absorption in a foreground screen, interstellar scattering, and gravitational microlensing), and explore whether they can account for our observations. Most attempts at explaining the data on 0235+164 require an extremely small source size, which can be reconciled with the 1012K inverse Compton limit only when the Doppler factor of the bulk flow is of order 100. However, none of the models is completely satisfactory, and we suggest that the observed variability is due to a superposition of intrinsic and propagation effects.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: active - galaxies: BL Lacertae objects: individual: AO 0235+164 - radio continuum: galaxies

Simbad objects: 8

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