Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser.
Volume 133, Number 3, December II 1998
|Page(s)||353 - 359|
|Published online||15 December 1998|
The variable sources responsible for the photometric behaviour of OJ 287 in the IR-optical-UV region during 1993-1996
Astronomical Institute of St. Petersburg State University, 198904 St. Petersburg, Russia
2 Tuorla Observatory, Tuorla 21500, Piikkiö, Finland
3 Boltwood Observatory, 1655 Main St., Stittsville, Ontario, Canada
4 Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, La Laguna, 38200 Tenerife, Spain
Accepted: 22 June 1998
An analysis is performed of multicolour observations of OJ 287 carried out during the OJ-94 Project. It is found that in the optical region the variable sources have the same power-law spectrum irrespective of flux level. In the IR the spectrum flattens during the flare possibly because of synchrotron self-absorption. The comparison of the outburst of 1994 with those of 1971 and 1983 shows that there is a clear correlation between the power of outburst and colour indices of the variable component in each event: the larger is the outburst, the bluer is the variable source, i.e. in more powerful outbursts the energy spectrum of relativistic electrons is flatter.
Key words: BL Lac objects; OJ 287 / infrared: galaxies
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