Name: Vinit Dhiman
Affiliation: Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences(ARIES)
Conference ID : ASI2022_517
Title : Multiband variability of the TeV blazar PG 1553+113 with XMM–Newton
Authors : Vinit Dhiman, Alok C. Gupta, Haritma Gaur, and Paul J. Wiita
Abstract Type: Poster
Abstract Category : Extragalactic Astronomy
Abstract : Blazars, a subclass of active galactic nuclei (AGN) are known to exhibit both rapid as well as long-term variations in different wavebands. The relativistic jet of them makes a very small angle with the line-of-sight of the observer. Hence, their emission is jet-dominated and significantly Doppler boosted. In this poster, we present variability analyses of twenty pointed XMM–Newton observations of the high energy peaked TeV blazar PG 1553+113 taken during 2010–2018. We found intraday variability in the total X-ray energy range (0.3–10 keV) in 16 out of 19 light curves or a duty cycle of ∼84 percent. A discrete correlation function analysis of the intraday light curves in the soft and hard X-ray bands peaks on zero lag, showing that the emission in hard and soft bands are co-spatial and emitted from the same population of leptons. Red-noise dominates the power spectral density (PSD) of all the LCs, although the PSDs have a range of spectral slopes from −2.36 to −0.14. On longer time-scales, the optical and UV variability patterns look almost identical and well correlated, as are the soft and hard X-ray bands, but the optical/UV variations are not correlated to those in the X-ray band, indicating that the optical/UV and X-ray emissions are emitted by two different populations of leptons. We briefly discuss physical mechanisms that may be capable of explaining the observed flux and spectral variability of PG 1553+113 on these diverse time scales. This work has been published in the MNRAS in 2021 (“Multiband variability of the TeV blazar PG 1553+113 with XMM–Newton”, Vinit Dhiman, Alok C. Gupta, Haritma Gaur, and Paul J. Wiita, MNRAS 506, 1198–1208 (2021). The submitted abstract is from that paper.