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Multiwavelength Observations of the Previously Unidentified Blazar RX J0648.7+1516
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2011 (English)In: Astrophysical Journal, ISSN 0004-637X, E-ISSN 1538-4357, Vol. 742, no 2, 127Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We report on the VERITAS discovery of very high energy (VHE) gamma-ray emission above 200 GeV from the high-frequency-peaked BL Lac (HBL) object RX J0648.7+1516 (GB J0648+1516), associated with 1FGL J0648.8+1516. The photon spectrum above 200 GeV is fitted by a power law dN/dE = F 0(E/E 0)–Γ with a photon index Γ of 4.4 ± 0.8stat ± 0.3syst and a flux normalization F 0 of (2.3 ± 0.5stat ± 1.2sys× 10–11 TeV–1 cm–2 s–1 with E 0 = 300 GeV. No VHE variability is detected during VERITAS observations of RX J0648.7+1516 between 2010 March 4 and April 15. Following the VHE discovery, the optical identification and spectroscopic redshift were obtained using the Shane 3 m Telescope at the Lick Observatory, showing the unidentified object to be a BL Lac type with a redshift of z = 0.179. Broadband multiwavelength observations contemporaneous with the VERITAS exposure period can be used to subclassify the blazar as an HBL object, including data from the MDM observatory, Swift-UVOT, and X-Ray Telescope, and continuous monitoring at photon energies above 1 GeV from the FermiLarge Area Telescope (LAT). We find that in the absence of undetected, high-energy rapid variability, the one-zone synchrotron self-Compton (SSC) model overproduces the high-energy gamma-ray emission measured by the Fermi-LAT over 2.3 years. The spectral energy distribution can be parameterized satisfactorily with an external-Compton or lepto-hadronic model, which have two and six additional free parameters, respectively, compared to the one-zone SSC model.

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2011. Vol. 742, no 2, 127
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BL Lacertae objects: individual: RX J0648.7+1516 (1FGL J0648.8+1516, VER J0648+152), gamma rays: galaxies
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
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Physics, Astroparticle Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-42806DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/742/2/127OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-42806DiVA: diva2:807536
Available from: 2015-04-23 Created: 2015-04-23 Last updated: 2015-05-05Bibliographically approved

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