Volume 479, Number 1, February III 2008
|Page(s)||35 - 40|
|Published online||20 November 2007|
The 26 year-long X-ray light curve and the X-ray spectrum of the BL Lacertae object 1E 1207.9+3945 in its brightest state
Dipartimento di Fisica, Università La Sapienza, Piazzale A. Moro 2, 00185 Roma, Italy e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, Unità Osservazione dell'Universo, Viale Liegi 26, 00198 Roma, Italy
3 ASI Science Data Center, ESRIN, via G. Galilei, 00044 Frascati, Italy
4 Dipartimento di Fisica, Università Tor Vergata, via della Ricerca Scientifica 1, 00133 Roma, Italy
Accepted: 24 September 2007
Aims.We studied the temporal and spectral evolution of the synchrotron emission from the high energy peaked BL Lac object 1E 1207.9+3945.
Methods.Two recent observations have been performed by the XMM-Newton and Swift satellites; we carried out X-ray spectral analysis for both of them, and photometry in optical-ultraviolet filters for the Swift one. Combining the results thus obtained with archival data we built the long-term X-ray light curve, spanning a time interval of 26 years, and the Spectral Energy Distribution (SED) of this source.
Results.The light curve shows a large flux increasing, by about a factor of six, in a time interval of a few years. After reaching its maximum in coincidence with the XMM-Newton pointing in December 2000 the flux decreased in later years, as revealed by Swift. The very good statistics available in the 0.5-10 keV XMM-Newton X-ray spectrum reveals a highly significant deviation from a single power law. A log-parabolic model with a best fit curvature parameter of 0.25 and a peak energy at ~1 keV describes well the spectral shape of the synchrotron emission. The simultaneous fit of Swift UVOT and XRT data provides a milder curvature () and a peak at higher energies (~15 keV), suggesting a different state of source activity. In both cases UVOT data support the scenario of a single synchrotron emission component extending from the optical/UV to the X-ray band.
Conclusions.New X-ray observations are important to monitor the temporal and spectral evolution of the source; new generation γ-ray telescopes like AGILE and GLAST may for the first time detect its inverse Compton emission.
Key words: radiation mechanisms: non-thermal / galaxies: active / X-rays: individuals: 1E 1207.9+3945 / X-rays: galaxies
© ESO, 2008
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