Behaviour of the blazar CTA 102 during two giant outbursts

Valeri M. Larionov, Svetlana G. Jorstad, Alan P. Marscher, Paul S. Smith, Sergey Savchenko, Daria Morozova, Tatiana Grishina, Evgenia Kopatskaya, Liudmila Larionova, Elena Larionova, Anna Mokrushina, Ivan Troitsky, Yulia Troitskaya, George Borman

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Blazar CTA 102 underwent exceptional optical and high-energy outbursts in 2012 and 2016-2017. We analyze its behaviour during these events, focusing on polarimetry as a tool that allows us to trace changes in the physical conditions and geometric configuration of the emission source close to the central black hole. We also use Fermi γ-ray data in conjunction with optical photometry in an effort to localize the origin of the outbursts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number91
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 30 2017


  • Blazars
  • Methods of analysis
  • Photometry
  • Polarimetry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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