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37 GHz observations of narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxies

Lähteenmäki, A. and Järvelä, E. and Hovatta, T. and Tornikoski, M. and Harrison, D. L. and López-Caniego, M. and Max-Moerbeck, W. and Mingaliev, M. and Pearson, T. J. and Ramakrishnan, V. and Readhead, A. C. S. and Reeves, R. A. and Richards, J. L. and Sotnikova, Y. and Tammi, J. (2017) 37 GHz observations of narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxies. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 603 . Art. No. A100. ISSN 0004-6361. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201630257.

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Observations performed at Metsähovi Radio Observatory at 37 GHz are presented for a sample of 78 radio-loud and radio-quiet narrow-line Seyfert 1 (NLS1) galaxies, together with additional lower and higher frequency radio data from RATAN-600, Owens Valley Radio Observatory, and the Planck satellite. Most of the data have been gathered between February 2012 and April 2015 but for some sources even longer light curves exist. The detection rate at 37 GHz is around 19%, which is comparable to other populations of active galactic nuclei presumed to be faint at radio frequencies, such as BL Lac objects. Variability and spectral indices are determined for sources with enough detections. Based on the radio data, many NLS1 galaxies show a blazar-like radio spectra exhibiting significant variability. The spectra at a given time are often inverted or convex. The source of the high-frequency radio emission in NLS1 galaxies, detected at 37 GHz, is most probably a relativistic jet rather than star formation. Jets in NLS1 galaxies are therefore expected to be a much more common phenomenon than earlier assumed.

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Additional Information:© 2017 ESO. Article published by EDP Sciences. Received 15 December 2016; Accepted 27 March 2017; Published online 13 July 2017. The OVRO 40-m monitoring programme is supported in part by NASA grants NNX08AW31G, NNX11A043G and NNX14AQ89G, and NSF grants AST-0808050 and AST-1109911. TH was supported by the Academy of Finland project number 267324. MGM acknowledges support through the Russian Government Program of Competitive Growth of Kazan Federal University. This research has made use of the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Based on observations obtained with Planck (, an ESA science mission with instruments and contributions directly funded by ESA Member States, NASA, and Canada.
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Academy of Finland267324
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Subject Keywords:galaxies: active – galaxies: Seyfert
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Official Citation:37 GHz observations of narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxies A. Lähteenmäki, E. Järvelä, T. Hovatta, M. Tornikoski, D. L. Harrison, M. López-Caniego, W. Max-Moerbeck, M. Mingaliev, T. J. Pearson, V. Ramakrishnan, A. C. S. Readhead, R. A. Reeves, J. L. Richards, Y. Sotnikova and J. Tammi A&A, 603 (2017) A100 DOI:
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