Volume 559, November 2013
|Number of page(s)||16|
|Published online||13 November 2013|
INAF – Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica di Bologna, via
2 Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
3 INAF – Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali, via Fosso del Cavaliere 100, 00133 Rome, Italy
4 Instituto de Astronomía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Apartado Postal 70-264, 04510 Mexico D.F., Mexico
5 Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, Apartado Postal 51-216, 72000 Puebla, Mexico
6 Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University, Canberra ACT-2611, Australia
7 Instituto de Astrofísica, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Casilla 306, Santiago 22, Chile
8 Specola Vaticana, 00120 Città del Vaticano
9 Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia “G. Galilei”, Università di Padova, Vicolo dell’Osservatorio 3, 35122 Padua, Italy
10 INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Vicolo dell’Osservatorio 5, 35122 Padua, Italy
Received: 5 September 2013
Accepted: 23 September 2013
The optical spectroscopic followup of 27 sources belonging to a sample of 30 high-energy objects selected by positionally cross correlating the first Fermi/LAT Catalog and the ROSAT All-Sky Survey Bright Source Catalog is presented here. It has been found or confirmed that 25 of them are BL Lacertae objects (BL Lacs), while the remaining two are Galactic cataclysmic variables (CVs). This strongly suggests that the sources in the first group are responsible for the GeV emission detected with Fermi, while the two CVs most likely represent spurious associations. We thus find an 80% a posteriori probability that the sources selected by matching GeV and X-ray catalogs belong to the BL Lac class. We also show suggestions that the BL Lacs selected with this approach are probably high-synchrotron-peaked sources and in turn good candidates for the detection of ultra-high-energy (TeV) photons from them.
Key words: gamma rays: galaxies / BL Lacertae objects: general / novae, cataclysmic variables / techniques: spectroscopic
Based on observations collected at the following telescopes: Telescopio Nazionale Galileo of the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Canary Islands, Spain); New Technology Telescope of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Cerro La Silla (Chile), under program 89.A-0148(A); Unit 2 “Kueyen” of the Very Large Telescope of the ESO in Cerro Paranal (Chile), under program 71.D-0176(A); 1.5-m telescope of the Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory (Chile).
Tables 1–3 and Figs. 2–6 are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org
© ESO, 2013
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