Jul 12 – 23, 2021
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Multiwavelength monitoring of gravitationally lensed blazar QSO B0218+357 between 2016 and 2020

Jul 15, 2021, 12:00 PM
1h 30m


Talk GAI | Gamma Ray Indirect Discussion


Julian Sitarek (University of Lodz)


QSO B0218+357 is currently the only gravitationally lensed source from which very-high-energy (VHE,>~100GeV) gamma-ray emission has been detected. We report the multiwavelength monitoring observations of this source performed between 2016 and 2020 in radio interferometry, optical, X-ray and gamma-ray bands. During the monitoring individual flares in optical, X-ray and GeV bands have been observed. Simultaneous data taken by the MAGIC telescopes allow us to search for the associated VHE emission, constraining the VHE gamma-ray duty cycle of the source.
We use the exceptional multiwavelenght dataset collected to characterize the lensing galaxy, model the source-lens-observer geometry, and determine the magnifications and time delays for different components of the image.
We model the quiescent emission in which the high energy bump is explained as a combination of Synchrotron-Self-Compton and External Compton processes. The bulk of the low energy emission is explained as originating from a tens of parsecs scale jet.


AGN; lensing; non-thermal processes

Collaboration MAGIC
other Collaboration Fermi
Subcategory Experimental Results

Primary author

Julian Sitarek (University of Lodz)


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