Volume 399, Number 1, February III 2003
|Page(s)||33 - 38|
|Published online||05 February 2003|
Optical and X-ray observations of the two BL Lac objects OJ 287 and MS 1458+22
Dipartimento di Fisica, Università “La Sapienza", Piazzale A. Moro 2, 00185 Roma, Italy
2 Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale, CNR, Via del Fosso del Cavaliere 100, 00113 Roma, Italy
3 ASDC, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, Frascati, Italy
4 Osservatorio Astrofisico di Brera, via E. Bianchi 46, 23807 Merate, Italy
5 Dipartimento di Fisica e Osservatorio Astronomico, Universitá di Perugia, via A. Pascoli, 06100 Perugia, Italy
6 Stazione Astronomica di Vallinfreda, Italy
7 Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania, via S. Sofia 78, 95123 Catania, Italy
8 Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania, Teramo, Italy
9 Abastumani Astronomical Observatory, 383762 Abastumani, Georgia
Corresponding author: E. Massaro, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 30 October 2002
We present the results of recent BeppoSAX observations of the two BL Lac objects OJ 287 and MS 1458+22 in bright optical states and of simultaneous photometric measurements in the bandpasses from I to U. OJ 287 was observed in November 2001 and MS 1458+22 in February of the same year. The X-ray flux of OJ 287 was rather low, F(2-10 keV erg cm-2 s-1 and its spectrum is well described by a single power law with an energy index , flatter than that measured in the optical, equal to . The X-ray emission of MS 1458+22 was characterized by a low flux level of F(2-10 keV erg cm-2 s-1, with a steeper spectral index of , while in the optical it was . We show that the broad-band SEDs of these two sources can be well represented by log-parabolic spectral laws and evaluate their parameters. This law, already observed for the synchrotron components of other BL Lac sources, can be explained if the emitting particles are accelerated by some statistical mechanism having a probability of energy gain that is a decreasing function of the energy itself.
Key words: galaxies: active / galaxies: individual: OJ 287, MS 1458+22 / techniques: photometry / X-rays: galaxies
© ESO, 2003
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