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Extremes of the jet-accretion power relation of blazars, as explored by NuSTAR

Sbarrato, T. and Ghisellini, G. and Tagliaferri, G. and Perri, M. and Madejski, G. M. and Stern, D. and Boggs, S. E. and Christensen, F. E. and Craig, W. W. and Hailey, C. J. and Harrison, F. A. and Zhang, W. W. (2016) Extremes of the jet-accretion power relation of blazars, as explored by NuSTAR. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 462 (2). pp. 1542-1550. ISSN 0035-8711. doi:10.1093/mnras/stw1730.

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Hard X-ray observations are crucial to study the non-thermal jet emission from high-redshift, powerful blazars. We observed two bright z > 2 flat-spectrum radio quasars (FSRQs) in hard X-rays to explore the details of their relativistic jets and their possible variability. S5 0014+81 (at z = 3.366) and B0222+185 (at z = 2.690) have been observed twice by the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) simultaneously with Swift/X-ray Telescope, showing different variability behaviours. We found that NuSTAR is instrumental to explore the variability of powerful high-redshift blazars, even when no γ-ray emission is detected. The two sources have proven to have respectively the most luminous accretion disc and the most powerful jet among known blazars. Thanks to these properties, they are located at the extreme end of the jet–accretion disc relation previously found for γ–ray detected blazars, to which they are consistent.

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Stern, D.0000-0003-2686-9241
Boggs, S. E.0000-0001-9567-4224
Christensen, F. E.0000-0001-5679-1946
Harrison, F. A.0000-0003-2992-8024
Zhang, W. W.0000-0002-1426-9698
Additional Information:© 2016 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. Accepted 2016 July 14. Received 2016 July 12; in original form 2016 April 1. First published online July 18, 2016. We thank the referee for her/his comments, that helped us to improve the paper. We acknowledge financial support from the ASI-INAF grant I/037/12/0. This work made use of data from the NuSTAR mission, a project led by the California Institute of Technology, managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. We thank the NuSTAR operations, software and calibration teams for support with the execution and analysis of these observations. This research has made also use of the NuSTAR Data Analysis Software (NUSTARDAS) jointly developed by the ASI Science Data Center (ASDC, Italy) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech, USA). This publication makes use of data products from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, which is a joint project of the University of California, Los Angeles and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Part of this work is based on archival data, software or online services provided by the ASDC. This research has made use of the XRT Data Analysis Software (XRTDAS) developed under the responsibility of the ASDC, Italy.
Group:NuSTAR, Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
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Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI)I/037/12/0-011/13
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Subject Keywords:galaxies: active quasars: general quasars: individual: B0222+185 quasars: individual: S5 0014+813 X-rays: general
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Space Radiation Laboratory2015-70
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Official Citation:T. Sbarrato, G. Ghisellini, G. Tagliaferri, M. Perri, G. M. Madejski, D. Stern, S. E. Boggs, F. E. Christensen, W. W. Craig, C. J. Hailey, F. A. Harrison, and W. W. Zhang Extremes of the jet–accretion power relation of blazars, as explored by NuSTAR MNRAS (October 21, 2016) Vol. 462 1542-1550 doi:10.1093/mnras/stw1730 first published online July 18, 2016
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Deposited By: Ruth Sustaita
Deposited On:28 Jan 2016 22:22
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