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dc.contributor.authorTroyer, Jon
dc.contributor.authorStarkey, David
dc.contributor.authorCackett, Edward M.
dc.contributor.authorBentz, Misty C.
dc.contributor.authorGoad, Michael R.
dc.contributor.authorHorne, Keith
dc.contributor.authorSeals, James E.
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-09T15:30:10Z
dc.date.available2016-05-09T15:30:10Z
dc.date.issued2016-03-11
dc.identifier.citationTroyer , J , Starkey , D , Cackett , E M , Bentz , M C , Goad , M R , Horne , K & Seals , J E 2016 , ' Correlated X-ray/ultraviolet/optical variability in NGC 6814 ' Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , vol. 456 , no. 4 , pp. 4040-4050 . https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stv2862en
dc.identifier.issn0035-8711
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 242458471
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: df56ad58-f9a3-423b-849b-15173f292c20
dc.identifier.otherRIS: urn:142068A1077016BD34E07D971B7814FE
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84963828979
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000372265800047
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/8763
dc.descriptionMCB and JES gratefully acknowledge support through NSF CAREER grant AST-1253702 to Georgia State University.The LT is operated on the island of La Palma by Liverpool John Moores University in the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias with financial support from the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council.en
dc.description.abstractWe present results of a three-month combined X-ray/UV/optical monitoring campaign of the Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 6814. The object was monitored by Swift from June through August 2012 in the X-ray and UV bands and by the Liverpool Telescope from May through July 2012 in B and V. The light curves are variable and significantly correlated between wavebands. Using cross-correlation analysis, we compute the time lag between the X-ray and lower energy bands. These lags are thought to be associated with the light travel time between the central X-ray emitting region and areas further out on the accretion disc. The computed lags support a thermal reprocessing scenario in which X-ray photons heat the disc and are reprocessed into lower energy photons. Additionally, we fit the light curves using cream, a Markov Chain Monte Carlo code for a standard disc. The best-fitting standard disc model yields unreasonably high super-Eddington accretion rates. Assuming more reasonable accretion rates would result in significantly underpredicted lags. If the majority of the reprocessing originates in the disc, then this implies the UV/optical emitting regions of the accretion disc are farther out than predicted by the standard thin disc model. Accounting for contributions from broad emission lines reduces the lags in B and V by ∼25 per cent (less than the uncertainty in the lag measurements), though additional contamination from the Balmer continuum may also contribute to the larger than expected lags. This discrepancy between the predicted and measured interband delays is now becoming common in AGN where wavelength-dependent lags are measured.
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Societyen
dc.rights© 2016 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. . This work is made available online in accordance with the publisher’s policies. This is the final published version of the work, which was originally published at: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stv2862en
dc.subjectAccretion, accretion discsen
dc.subjectGalaxies: activeen
dc.subjectGalaxies: individual: NGC 6814en
dc.subjectGalaxies: Seyferten
dc.subjectQB Astronomyen
dc.subjectQC Physicsen
dc.subjectNDASen
dc.subject.lccQBen
dc.subject.lccQCen
dc.titleCorrelated X-ray/ultraviolet/optical variability in NGC 6814en
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.description.versionPublisher PDFen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Physics and Astronomyen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stv2862
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden


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