Volume 379, Number 3, December I 2001
|Page(s)||755 - 766|
|Section||Cosmology (including clusters of galaxies)|
|Published online||15 December 2001|
Radio monitoring of a sample of X-and -ray loud blazars*
Istituto di Radioastronomia del CNR, Via Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy
2 Dipartimento di Astronomia, Bologna University, Via Ranzani 1, 40127 Bologna, Italy
3 Dipartimento di Fisica, Bologna University, Via Irnerio, 46, 40126 Bologna, Italy
4 Istituto di Radioastronomia del CNR, CP 141, Noto (SR), Italy
Corresponding author: T. Venturi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 28 August 2001
In this paper we present the results of a 4-year (1996-1999) radio flux density monitoring program for a sample of X-and γ-ray loud blazars. Our program started in January 1996 and was carried out on a monthly basis at the frequencies of 5 GHz and 8.4 GHz with the 32-m antennas located at Medicina (Bologna, Italy) and Noto (Siracusa, Italy). 22 GHz data collected at Medicina from January 1996 to June 1997 will also be presented. The sample of selected sources comprises most radio-loud blazars with characterised by emission in the X-and γ-ray regimes, and target sources for the BeppoSAX X-ray mission. All sources in the sample, except J1653+397 (MKN 501), are variable during the four years of our monitoring program. We classified the type of variability in each source by means of a structure-function analysis. We also computed the spectral index for all epochs with nearly simultaneous observations at these two frequencies, and found that starts flattening at the very beginning of a radio flare, or flux density increase.
Key words: quasars: general / BL Lacertae objects: general / methods: observational
© ESO, 2001
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