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2 Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics and Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
3 Department of Chemistry and Physics, Saint Michael’s College, One Winooski Park, Colchester, VT 05439, USA
4 UCO/Lick Observatory, University of California, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
5 Università dell’Insubria, via Valleggio 11, 22100 Como, Italy
6 INFN Milano-Bicocca, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Piazza della Scienza 3, 20126 Milano, Italy
Received: 16 July 2012
Accepted: 8 August 2012
PKS 0447-439 is one of the BL Lacertae objects that have been detected at very high energy. There has been a recent report of a lower limit of z ≥ 1.246 for the redshift of this blazar, challenging the current paradigm in which very high-energy γ-rays cannot freely propagate in the z ≳ 1 universe. In this research note, we present a new MagE/Magellan spectrum of PKS 0447-439 with exquisite signal-to-noise (S/N > 150 at 6500 Å). Our analysis confirms the presence of the previously-reported absorption line at 6280 Å, which we identify, however, with a known telluric absorption, invalidating the claim that this blazar lies at z > 1. Since no other extragalactic spectral features are detected, we cannot establish a redshift based on our spectrum.
Key words: galaxies: active / BL Lacertae objects: individual: PKS0447-439 / galaxies: distances and redshifts
This paper includes data gathered with the 6.5 m Magellan Telescopes located at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile.
Reduced spectrum is only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (22.214.171.124) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/545/A68
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