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Galaxies 2016, 4(4), 47; doi:10.3390/galaxies4040047

The VLBA-BU-BLAZAR Multi-Wavelength Monitoring Program

1,2,†,* and 1,†
1
Institute for Astrophysical Research, Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215, USA
2
Astronomical Institute, St.Petersburg State University, Universitetsky prospekt, 28, St. Petersburg 198504, Russia
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Emilio Elizalde
Received: 18 July 2016 / Revised: 13 October 2016 / Accepted: 13 October 2016 / Published: 20 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Blazars through Sharp Multi-wavelength Eyes)
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Abstract

We describe a multiwavelength program of monitoring of a sample of bright γ-ray blazars, which the Boston University (BU) group has being carrying out since June 2007. The program includes monthly monitoring with the Very Long Baseline Array at 43 GHz, optical photometric and polarimetric observations, construction and analysis of UV and X-ray light curves obtained with the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) and Swift satellites, and construction and analysis of γ-ray light curves based on data provided by the Large Area Telescope of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. We present general results about the kinematics of parsec-scale radio jets, as well as the connection between γ-ray outbursts and jet events. View Full-Text
Keywords: quasars; BLLac objects; blazars; relativistic jets; gamma-rays; polarization quasars; BLLac objects; blazars; relativistic jets; gamma-rays; polarization
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Jorstad, S.; Marscher, A. The VLBA-BU-BLAZAR Multi-Wavelength Monitoring Program. Galaxies 2016, 4, 47.

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