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ISO observations of the BL Lacertae object PKS 2155-304 *
E. Bertone 1,2,
G. Tagliaferri 1,
G. Ghisellini 1,
A. Treves 3,
P. Barr 4,
A. Celotti 5,
M. Chiaberge 5 and
L. Maraschi 6
Received 18 January 2000 / Accepted 27 January 2000
The BL Lacertae object PKS 2155-304 was observed by the Infrared Space Observatory in May and June 1996, during a multiwavelength campaign. These are the first observations in the mid- and far-infrared bands since IRAS. In the observing period, the source showed no detectable time variability at 4.0, 14.3, 60 and 90 µm. The spectrum from 2.8 to 100 µm is well fitted by a single power law with energy spectral index , intermediate between the flatter radio spectrum and the steeper simultaneous optical spectrum. The overall infrared to X-ray spectral energy distribution can be well explained by optically thin synchrotron emission, with negligible contributions from thermal sources. We also show that the host galaxy flux is negligible in this spectral range.
Key words: galaxies: active galaxies: BL Lacertae objects: individual: PKS 2155-304 galaxies: photometry infrared: general
* Based on observations with ISO, an ESA project with instruments funded by ESA Member States (especially the PI countries: France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom) with the participation of ISAS and NASA.
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Online publication: March 28, 2000