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S5 0716+714 : GeV variability study

B. Rani
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T.P. Krichbaum
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B. Lott
L. Fuhrmann
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J.A. Zensus
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The GeV observations by Fermi-LAT give us the opportunity to characterize the high-energy emission (100 MeV - 300 GeV) variability properties of the BL Lac object S5 0716+714. In this study, we performed flux and spectral analysis of more than 3 year long (August 2008 to April 2012) Fermi-LAT data of the source. During this period, the source exhibits two different modes of flux variability with characteristic timescales of ~75 and ~140 days, respectively. We also notice that the flux variations are characterized by a weak spectral hardening. The GeV spectrum of the source shows a clear deviation from a simple power law, and is better explained by a broken power law. Similar to other bright Fermi blazars, the break energy does not vary with the source flux during the different activity states. We discuss several possible scenarios to explain the observed spectral break.

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in2p3-00853669 , version 1 (23-08-2013)



B. Rani, T.P. Krichbaum, B. Lott, L. Fuhrmann, J.A. Zensus. S5 0716+714 : GeV variability study. Advances in Space Research, 2013, 51, pp.2358-2367. ⟨10.1016/j.asr.2013.02.010⟩. ⟨in2p3-00853669⟩


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