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Testing the Standard Model of Active Galactic Nuclei through Quasar Variability

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 April 2012

Alessandro Ederoclite
Affiliation:
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain Departamento de Astronomía, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain
Jana Polednikova
Affiliation:
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain Departamento de Astronomía, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain
Jordi Cepa
Affiliation:
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain Departamento de Astronomía, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain
José Antonio de Diego Onsurbe
Affiliation:
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain Instituto de Astronomía, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México
Ignacio González-Serrano
Affiliation:
Instituto de Física de Cantabria (CSIC- Universidad de Cantabria), Santander, Spain
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Abstract

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The standard model of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGNs) predicts that Type 2 AGNs and Type 1 AGNs only differ in the orientation of a dust torus, which does or does not allow one to observe the central region. If the model is correct, the time-scales and the amplitudes of observed temporal variations should be different between obscured and unobscured objects. In order to test this hypothesis, we started a multi-wavelength (BRIJKs) monitoring campaign of a sample of quasars of both types. Here we present the data and preliminary results of that project.

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