The optical-UV and X-ray instruments on-board XMM-Ndewton provide an excellent opportunity to perform simultaneous observations of violently variable objects over a broad wavelength range. The UV and X-ray bright BL Lac object PKS 2155-304 has been repeatedly observed with XMM-Ndewton about twice per year. In this paper, we present a detailed analysis of the simultaneous multiwavelength variability of the source from optical to X-rays, based on the currently available XMM-Ndewton observations. These observations probed the intra-day multiwavelength variability at optical-UV and X-ray wavelengths of the source. The UV variability amplitude is substantially smaller than the X-ray one, and the hardness ratios of the UV to X-rays correlates with the X-ray fluxes: the brighter the source, the flatter the UV-X-ray spectra. On 2000 May 30-31 the UV and X-ray light curves were weakly correlated, while the UV variations followed the X-ray ones with no detectable lags on 2000 November 19-21. On 2001 November 30 the source exhibited a major X-ray flare that was not detected in the optical. The intra-day UV and X-ray variability presented here is not similar to the inter-day UV and X-ray variability obtained from the previous coordinated extensive multiwavelength campaigns on the source, indicating that different ``modes'' of variability might be operating in PKS 2155-304 on different timescales or from epoch to epoch.
|Titolo:||Multiwavelength Observations of the BL Lacertae Object PKS 2155-304 with XMM-Newton|
|Autori:||ZHANG Y., H; BAI J., M; ZHANG S., N; Treves, A; Maraschi, L; Celotti, Anna Lisa|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2006|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1086/507601|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|