Multiwavelength observations of the February 1996 high-energy flare in the blazar 3C 279

A. E. Wehrle, E. Pian, C.M. Urry, L. Maraschi, G. Ghisellini, R.C. Hartman, G. M. Madejski, F. Makino, A.P. Marscher, I.M. McHardy, J. R. Webb, G. S. Aldering, M. F. Aller, H. D. Aller, D.E. Backman, T.J. Balonek, P. Boltwood, J. Bonnell, J. Caplinger, A. CelottiW. Collmar, J. Dalton, A. Drucker, R. Falomo, C.E. Fichtel, W. Freudling, W.K. Gear, N. Gonzalez-Perez, P. Hall, H. Inoue, W. N. Johnson, M. R. Kidger, R. I. Kollgaard, Y. Kondo, J. Kurfess, A.J. Lawson, B. McCollum, K. McNaron-Brown, D. Nair, S. Penton, J. E. Pesce, M. Pohl, C.M. Raiteri, M. Renda, E.I. Robson, R.M. Sambruna, A. F. Schirmer, C. Shrader, M. Sikora, A. Sillanpää, P.S. Smith, Jason Stevens, J. Stocke, L.O. Takalo, H. Teräsranta, D.J. Thompson, R. Thompson, M. Tornikoski, G. Tosti, P. Turcotte, A. Treves, S.C. Unwin, E. Valtaoja, M. Villata, S.J. Wagner, W. Xu, A. C. Zook

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We report CGRO, RXTE, ASCA, ROSAT, IUE, HST and ground-based observations of a large flare in 3C 279 in February 1996. X-rays and γ-rays peaked simultaneously (within one day). We show simultaneous spectral energy distributions prior to and near the flare peak. The γ-ray flare was the brightest ever observed in this source
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Fourth Compton Symposium
EditorsJ. D. Kurfess, C. D. Dermer, M. S. Strickman
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics (AIP)
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 1997

Publication series

NameAmerican Institute of Physics Conference Series
NameAIP Conf Procs
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics


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