ChJAA Vol 6, No 4 (2006) (387-512) / Li

A Periodicity Analysis of the Light Curve of 3C 454.3

Huai-Zhen Li, Guang-Zhong Xie, Shu-Bai Zhou, Hong-Tao Liu, Guang-Wei Cha, Li Ma, Li-Sheng Mao

Abstract

We analyzed the radio light curves of 3C 454.3 at frequencies 22 and 37 GHz taken from the database of Metsähovi Radio Observatory, and found evidence of quasi-periodic activity. The light curves show great activity with very complicated non-sinusoidal variations. Two possible periods, a very weak one of 1.57±0.12 yr and a very strong one of 6.15±0.50 yr were consistently identified by two methods, the Jurkevich method and power spectrum estimation. The period of 6.15±0.50 yr is consistent with results previously reported by Ciaramella et al. and Webb et al. Applying the binary black hole model to the central structure we found black hole masses of 1.53×109M and 1.86×108M, and predicted that the next radio outburst is to take place in 2006 March and April.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1009-9271/6/4/04

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