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A search for Centaurus A-like features in the spectra of Fermi-LAT detected radio galaxies.

Rulten, Cameron B. and Brown, Anthony M. and Chadwick, Paula M. (2020) 'A search for Centaurus A-like features in the spectra of Fermi-LAT detected radio galaxies.', Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society., 492 (2). pp. 4666-4679.


Motivated by the detection of a hardening in the γ-ray spectrum of the radio galaxy CentaurusA, we have analysed ∼10 years of Fermi-LAT observations of 26 radio galaxies to search for similar spectral features. We find that the majority of the radio galaxies’ γ-ray spectral energy distributions are best fitted with a simple power-law model, and no spectral hardening similar to that found in CentaurusA was detected. We show that, had there been any such spectral features present in our sample of radio galaxies, they would have been seen, but note that 7 of the radio galaxies (3C111, 3C120, 3C264, IC4516, NGC1218, NGC2892 and PKS0625-35) show evidence for flux variability on 6-month timescales, which makes the detection of any steady spectral features difficult. We find a strong positive correlation (r = 0.9) between the core radio power at 5GHz and the γ-ray luminosity and, using a simple extrapolation to TeV energies, we expect around half of the radio galaxies studied will be detectable with the forthcoming Cherenkov Telescope Array.

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Publisher statement:This article has been accepted for publication in the Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2019 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Date accepted:03 January 2020
Date deposited:10 January 2020
Date of first online publication:09 January 2020
Date first made open access:10 January 2020

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