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Published March 16, 1963 | public
Journal Article

Absolute Energy Distribution in the Optical Spectrum of 3C 273

Oke, J. B.


The radio source 3C 273 has recently been identified with a thirteenth magnitude star-like object. The details are given by M. Schmidt in the preceding communication. Since 3C 273 is relatively bright, photoelectric spectrophotometric observations were made with the 100-in. telescope at Mount Wilson to determine the absolute distribution of energy in the optical region of the spectrum; such observations are useful for determining if synchrotron radiation is present. In the wave-length region between 3300 Å and 6000 Å measurements were made in 16 selected 50-Å bands. Continuous spectral scans with a resolution of 50 Å were also made. The measurements were placed on an absolute-energy system by also observing standard stars whose absolute energy distributions were known. The accuracy of the 16 selected points is approximately 2 per cent. The strong emission features found by Schmidt were readily detected; other very faint features not apparent on Schmidt's spectra may be present.

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