Long-term X-ray variability of quasars in the Lockman Hole field observed with ROSAT

Yu Ichiro Ezoe, Naoko Iyomoto, Kazuo Makishima, Günter Hasinger

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An improved method has been utilized to estimate the X-ray power spectral densities (PSD) and the variation time scales of three quasars in the Lockman Hole field. Five archival ROSAT PSPC data covering a two-year range were analyzed. To estimate PSD from sparse and unevenly-sampled lightcurves, a forward-method approach with extensive Monte Carlo simulations was adopted. A broken power-law type PSD with a constant Poisson noise component was assumed with a break frequency, fb. Then, assuming the PSD slope, α, to be -2 < α < -1, l/fb was constrained as ≳ 25 days for one object, while the constraints on the other two objects were very weak. The long-time scale of the one object is consistent with the view that luminous AGNs host massive black holes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)981-986
Number of pages6
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of Japan
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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