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ID: 742602.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
The Close AGN Reference Survey (CARS). Mrk 1018 halts dimming and experiences strong short-term variability
Authors:Krumpe, M.; Husemann, B.; Tremblay, G. R.; Urrutia, T.; Powell, M.; Davis, T. A.; Scharwächter, J.; Dexter, J.; Busch, G.; Combes, F.; Croom, S. M.; Eckart, A.; McElroy, R. E.; Perez-Torres, M.; Leung, G.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2017
Title of Journal:Astronomy and Astrophysics
Start Page:id. L9 (4 pp)
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:After changing optical AGN type from 1.9 to 1 in 1984, the AGN Mrk 1018 recently reverted back to its type 1.9 state. Our ongoing monitoring now reveals that the AGN has halted its dramatic dimming, reaching a minimum around October 2016. The minimum was followed by an outburst rising with 0.25 U-band mag/month. The rebrightening lasted at least until February 2017, as confirmed by joint Chandra and Hubble observations. Monitoring was resumed in July 2017 after the source emerged from sunblock, at which point the AGN was found only 0.4 mag brighter than its minimum. The intermittent outburst was accompanied by the appearance of a red wing asymmetry in broad-line shape, indicative of an inhomogeneous broad-line region. The current flickering brightness of Mrk 1018 following its rapid fading either suggests that the source has reignited, remains variable at a low level, or may continue dimming over the next few years. Distinguishing between these possibilities requires continuous multiwavelength monitoring. Based on observations collected at the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere under ESO programme(s) 098.B-0672 and 099.B-0159. The scientific results reported in this article are based on observations made by the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
Free Keywords:quasars: individual: Mrk 1018; accretion; accretion disks; galaxies: evolution
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
Identifiers:ISSN:0004-6361 %R 10.1051/0004-6361/201731967
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