Liu, J.; Bignall, H.; Krichbaum, T.P.; Liu, X.; Kraus, A.; Kovalev, Y.Y.; Sokolovsky, K.V.; Angelakis, E.; Zensus, J.A. Effelsberg Monitoring of a Sample of RadioAstron Blazars: Analysis of Intra-Day Variability. Galaxies2018, 6, 49.
Liu, J.; Bignall, H.; Krichbaum, T.P.; Liu, X.; Kraus, A.; Kovalev, Y.Y.; Sokolovsky, K.V.; Angelakis, E.; Zensus, J.A. Effelsberg Monitoring of a Sample of RadioAstron Blazars: Analysis of Intra-Day Variability. Galaxies 2018, 6, 49.
The launch of the RadioAstron space radio telescope provides a unique opportunity to study the extreme high brightness temperature of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGNs) with unprecedented long baselines of up to 28 Earth diameters. A coordinated ground-based flux density monitoring of RadioAstron targets is essential to determine the effect of interstellar scintillation (ISS) on the Space Very Long Baseline Interferometry (SVLBI) visibilities. Moreover, a combination/comparison of scintillation with SVLBI observations is expected to reveal the relative influence of source brightness temperature, compactness, and properties of the interstellar medium on the observed variability at centimeter wavelengths. In 2014 we started a RadioAstron target triggered flux monitoring with the Effelsberg 100-m radio telescope in support of this SVLBI mission. A total of 112 targets were observed during the five-session monitoring performed so far. In this paper we present a statistical study on the short-term flux density variability of the sample, which is focused on the variability characteristics and derived physical properties of the observed sources.
galaxies; active -- method; statistical -- radio continuum; ISM
PHYSICAL SCIENCES, Astronomy & Astrophysics
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