Vol 8, No 4

Simultaneous Multi-Wavelength Observations of the TeV Blazar Mrk 421 during February–March, 2003: X-Ray and NIR Correlated Variability

Alok C. Gupta, B. S. Acharya, Debanjan Bose, Varsha R. Chitnis, Jun-Hui Fan


Abstract We report the result of simultaneous multi-wavelength observations of the TeV blazar Mrk 421 during February–March 2003. We observed Mrk 421 using the Pachmarhi Array of Cerenkov Telescopes (PACT) of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research at Pachmarhi, India. Other simultaneous data were taken from the literature and public data archives. We have analyzed the high quality X-ray (2–20 keV) observations from the NASA Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE). We obtained a possible correlated variability between X-ray and J band (1.25 μ) near infrared (NIR) wavelength. This is the first case of X-ray and NIR correlated variability in Mrk 421 or any high energy peaked (HBL) blazar. The correlated variability reported here indicates a similar origin for the NIR and X-ray emissions. The emission is not affected much by the environment of the surrounding medium of the central engine of Mrk 421. The observations are consistent with the shock-in-jet model for the emissions.



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