3C 66A: Variability in 2007–2015

V. A. Hagen-Thorn, D. A. Morozova, A. A. Arkharov, E. I. Hagen-Thorn, I. S. Troitsky, Yu V. Troitskaya, Yu V. Milanova, E. V. Volkov, L. O. Takalo, A. Sillanpää

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The results of photometric (BV RIJHK) and polarimetric (R)monitoring of the blazar 3C 66A performed at the St. Petersburg State University and the Central AstronomicalObservatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2007–2015, radio observations performed by the Boston University team with the Very Long Baseline Array at 43 GHz, and a gamma-ray light curve based on observations with the Fermi SpaceObservatory are presented. Color variations of the object are studied. Changes in the optical spectral energy distribution are observed at some times, indicating the appearance and disappearance of individual variable sources. A variable source with a degree of polarization of 36% is identified, which is responsible for the polarization variations observed during one episode. The correlations between the variations in the different spectral ranges indicate that the optical and gamma-ray radiation originates near the radio core detected at 43 GHz. The presence of five superluminal components emerging from the core is detected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-512
Number of pages10
JournalAstronomy Reports
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2017

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  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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