Optical monitoring of BL Lac object S5 0716+714 and FSRQ 3C 273 from 2000 to 2014⋆
1 Center for Astrophysics, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, 510006, Guangdong, PR China
2 Astronomy Science and Technology Research Laboratory of Department of Education of Guangdong Province, 510006 Guangzhou, PR China
3 Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, CAS, 80 Nandan Road, 200030 Shanghai, PR China
4 Joint Institute for Galaxies and Cosmology, ShAO and USTC, CAS, Shanghai, PR China
Received: 23 December 2016
Accepted: 15 May 2017
Context. Using the 1.56 m telescope at the Shanghai Observatory (ShAO), China, we monitored two sources, BL Lac object S5 0716+714 and flat spectrum radio quasar (FSRQ) 3C 273. For S5 0716+714, we report 4969 sets of CCD (Charge-coupled Device) photometrical optical observations (1369 for V band, 1861 for R band and 1739 for I band) in the monitoring time from Dec. 4, 2000 to Apr. 5, 2014. For 3C 273, we report 460 observations (138 for V band, 146 for R band and 176 for I band) in the monitoring time from Mar. 28, 2006 to Apr. 9, 2014.
Aims. The observations provide us with a large amount of data to analyze the short-term and long-term optical variabilities. Based on the variable timescales, we can estimate the central black hole mass and the Doppler factor. An abundance of multi-band observations can help us to analyze the relations between the brightness and spectrum.
Methods. We use Gaussian fitting to analyze the intra-day light curves and obtain the intra-day variability (IDV) timescales. We use the discrete correlation function (DCF) method and Jurkevich method to analyze the quasi-periodic variability. Based on the VRI observations, we use the linear fitting to analyze the relations between brightness and spectrum.
Results. The two sources both show IDV properties for S5 0716+714. The timescales are in the range from 17.3 min to 4.82 h; for 3C 273, the timescale is ΔT = 35.6 min. Based on the periodic analysis methods, we find the periods PV = 24.24 ± 1.09 days, PR = 24.12 ± 0.76 days, PI = 24.82 ± 0.73 days for S5 0716+714, and P = 12.99 ± 0.72, 21.76 ± 1.45 yr for 3C 273. The two sources displayed the “bluer-when-brighter” spectral evolution properties.
Conclusions. S5 0716+714 and 3C 273 are frequently studied objects. The violent optical variability and IDV may come from the jet. Gaussian fitting can be used to analyze IDVs. The relations between brightness (flux density) and spectrum are strongly influenced by the frequency.
Key words: BL Lacertae objects: individual: S5 0716+714
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