We collect data at well-sampled frequencies from the radio to the gamma-ray range for the following three complete samples of blazars: the Slew survey, the 1-Jy samples of BL Lacs and the 2-Jy sample of flat-spectrum radio-loud quasars (FSRQs). The fraction of objects detected in gamma-rays (E greater than or similar to 100 MeV) is similar to 17, 26 and 40 per cent in the three samples respectively. Except for the Slew survey sample, gamma-ray detected sources do not differ either from other sources in each sample, or from all the gamma-ray detected sources, in terms of the distributions of redshift, radio and X-ray luminosities or of the broad-band spectral indices (radio to optical and radio to X-ray). We compute average spectral energy distributions (SEDs) from radio to gamma-rays for each complete sample and for groups of blazars binned according to radio luminosity, irrespective of the original classification as BL Lac or FSRQ. The resulting SEDs show a remarkable continuity in that (i) the first peak occurs in different frequency ranges for different samples/luminosity classes, with most luminous sources peaking at lower frequencies; (ii) the peak frequency of the gamma-ray component correlates with the peak frequency of the lower energy one; (iii) the luminosity ratio between the high and low frequency components increases with bolometric luminosity.

A unifying view of the spectral energy distributions of blazars / Fossati, G.; Maraschi, L.; Celotti, Anna Lisa; Comastri, A.; Ghisellini, G.. - In: MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY. - ISSN 0035-8711. - 299:2(1998), pp. 433-448. [10.1046/j.1365-8711.1998.01828.x]

A unifying view of the spectral energy distributions of blazars

Celotti, Anna Lisa;
1998-01-01

Abstract

We collect data at well-sampled frequencies from the radio to the gamma-ray range for the following three complete samples of blazars: the Slew survey, the 1-Jy samples of BL Lacs and the 2-Jy sample of flat-spectrum radio-loud quasars (FSRQs). The fraction of objects detected in gamma-rays (E greater than or similar to 100 MeV) is similar to 17, 26 and 40 per cent in the three samples respectively. Except for the Slew survey sample, gamma-ray detected sources do not differ either from other sources in each sample, or from all the gamma-ray detected sources, in terms of the distributions of redshift, radio and X-ray luminosities or of the broad-band spectral indices (radio to optical and radio to X-ray). We compute average spectral energy distributions (SEDs) from radio to gamma-rays for each complete sample and for groups of blazars binned according to radio luminosity, irrespective of the original classification as BL Lac or FSRQ. The resulting SEDs show a remarkable continuity in that (i) the first peak occurs in different frequency ranges for different samples/luminosity classes, with most luminous sources peaking at lower frequencies; (ii) the peak frequency of the gamma-ray component correlates with the peak frequency of the lower energy one; (iii) the luminosity ratio between the high and low frequency components increases with bolometric luminosity.
1998
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2
433
448
Fossati, G.; Maraschi, L.; Celotti, Anna Lisa; Comastri, A.; Ghisellini, G.
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