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Name 040246
Title Are strongly variable Seyfert 2 galaxies really AGN without a Broad Line Region?


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-5e6uk3t
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
Temporal Coverage 2006-11-13T00:29:07Z/2006-11-15T18:00:53Z
Version 17.56_20190403_1200
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.
Creator Contact https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xmm-newton/xmm-newton-helpdesk
Date Published 2007-12-08T00:00:00Z
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