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Blazar optical variability in the palomar-quest survey

Bauer, Anne; Baltay, C; Coppi, Paolo; Ellman, Nancy; Jerke, Jonathon; Rabinowitz, David; Scalzo, Richard


We study the ensemble optical variability of 276 flat-spectrum radio quasars (FSRQs) and 86 BL Lacs in the Palomar-QUEST Survey with the goal of searching for common fluctuation properties, examining the range of behavior across the sample, and characterizing the appearance of blazars in such a survey so that future work can more easily identify such objects. The survey, which covers 15,000 deg2 multiple times over 3.5 years, allows for the first ensemble blazar study of this scale. Variability...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Astrophysical Journal, The
DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/699/2/1732


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