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2005ApJ...626...95S - Astrophys. J., 626, 95-103 (2005/June-2)

A northern survey of gamma-ray blazar candidates.


Abstract (from CDS):

In preparation for the Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST), we have compiled a sample of blazar candidates to increase the pool of well-studied active galactic nuclei from which GLAST counterparts will be drawn. Sources were selected with our figure-of-merit (FoM) ranking; thus, they have radio and X-ray properties very similar to the EGRET blazars. Spectroscopic confirmation of these candidates is in progress, and more than 70% of these objects have been identified as flat spectrum radio quasars and BL Lac objects. We present ∼250 new optical blazar identifications based on McDonald Observatory spectroscopy, 224 with redshifts. Of these, 167 are in our FoM-selected set. To motivate the γ-ray nature of these objects, we analyzed the current release of the EGRET data for possible point sources at their radio positions. We develop two distinct methods to combine multiple EGRET observations of a sky position into a single detection significance. We report a detection of the signal of the set of blazar candidates in the EGRET data at the >3 σ level by both techniques. We predict that the majority of these blazar candidates will be found by GLAST because of its increased sensitivity, duty cycle, and resolving power.

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Journal keyword(s): Galaxies: BL Lacertae Objects: General - Gamma Rays: Observations

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/ApJ/626/95): table1.dat table2.dat>

Nomenclature: Tables 1-2: [SRM2005] N=710+74.

Simbad objects: 775

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