Fermi-large area telescope observations of the exceptional gamma-ray outbursts of 3C 273 in 2009 September

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Abstract

We present the light curves and spectral data of two exceptionally luminous gamma-ray outbursts observed by the Large Area Telescope experiment on board the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope from 3C 273 in 2009 September. During these flares, having a duration of a few days, the source reached its highest γ-ray flux ever measured. This allowed us to study, in some details, their spectral and temporal structures. The rise and the decay are asymmetric on timescales of 6 hr, and the spectral index was significantly harder during the flares than during the preceding 11 months. We also found that short, very intense flares put out the same time-integrated energy as long, less intense flares like that observed in 2009 August.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L73-L78
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Volume714
Issue number1 PART 2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Gamma rays: galaxies
  • Quasars: individual (3C 273)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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