|Title||Are strongly variable Seyfert 2 galaxies really AGN without a Broad Line Region?|
|Author||Dr Francesca Panessa|
|Description||Strong amplitude optical brightness variability has been found in a sample of Seyfert 2 galaxies ("Naked AGN", Hawkins 2004). The variability suggests that the nuclear source is seen directly, contradicting the complete absence of broad emission lines as simple Unified Models for AGN would predict. Alternatively the Broad Line Region might be missing in these sources. The proposed XMM-Newton observations offer a priviledged window into the central engine to understand the absorption properties of these objects and compare them to their optical appearance.|
|Publication||No observations found associated with the current proposal|
|Instrument||EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2|
|Mission Description||The European Space Agency's (ESA) X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) was launched by an Ariane 504 on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is ESA's second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It carries 3 high throughput X-ray telescopes with an unprecedented effective area, and an optical monitor, the first flown on a X-ray observatory. The large collecting area and ability to make long uninterrupted exposures provide highly sensitive observations.
Since Earth's atmosphere blocks out all X-rays, only a telescope in space can detect and study celestial X-ray sources. The XMM-Newton mission is helping scientists to solve a number of cosmic mysteries, ranging from the enigmatic black holes to the origins of the Universe itself. Observing time on XMM-Newton is being made available to the scientific community, applying for observational periods on a competitive basis.
|Publisher And Registrant||European Space Agency|
|Credit Guidelines||European Space Agency, 2007-12-08T00:00:00Z, 040246, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-5e6uk3t|