AAS 199th meeting, Washington, DC, January 2002
Session 98. Blazars and Other AGN Jets
Display, Wednesday, January 9, 2002, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[98.03] Optical Observations of the Gamma-ray Blazar PKS 1622-297

B.R. Kent (SARA, West Virginia University), J.R. Webb (SARA, Florida International University)

We have observed PKS 1622-297 with the SARA 0.9 meter telescope in the V, R, and I bands in order to determine a maximum magnitude. This blazar was observed to brighten in the V band in late 1995 during an EGRET observation. Subsequent observations in 1996 and 1997 and during three nights in 2001 have revealed that the source is much fainter. In addition, archived observations at gamma-ray wavelengths are considered. The observational relevance to the theoretical dual jet model is discussed (Punsly 1997). We determine the accretion rate of the black hole using the minimum observed magnitude, modeling the accretion disk via a numerical simulation (Webb 1999).

This work was supported by the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program grant AST-0097616.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: brkastro@yahoo.com

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