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2017MNRAS.464.3194B - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 464, 3194-3218 (2017/January-3)

Ultraviolet and X-ray variability of active galactic nuclei with Swift.


Abstract (from CDS):

We analyse a sample of 21 active galactic nuclei using data from the Swift satellite to study the variability properties of the population in the X-ray, UV and optical band. We find that the variable part of the UV-optical emission has a spectrum consistent with a power law, with an average index of -2.21 ± 0.13, as would be expected from central illumination of a thin disc (index of -7/3). We also calculate the slope of a power law from UV to X-ray variable emission, α_OX, Var_; the average for this sample is α_OX, Var_ = -1.06 ± 0.04. The anticorrelation of αOX with the UV luminosity, LUV, previously found in the average emission is also present in the variable part: α_OX, Var_ = ( - 0.177 ± 0.083)log (L_ν, Var_(2500 Å)) + (3.88 ± 2.33). Correlated variability between the emission in X-rays and UV is detected significantly for 9 of the 21 sources. All these cases are consistent with the UV lagging the X-rays, as would be seen if the correlated UV variations were produced by the reprocessing of X-ray emission. The observed UV lags are tentatively longer than expected for a standard thin disc.

Abstract Copyright: © 2016 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): accretion, accretion discs - black hole physics - galaxies: active - galaxies: nuclei - ultraviolet: galaxies - X-rays: galaxies - X-rays: galaxies

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