We have reanalyzed the giant outburst of the blazar PKS 1510-089 (z = 0.36) that occurred on 2011 October-November. The γ-ray flux in the 0.1-100 GeV energy range exceeded the value of 10-5 ph cm-2 s -1 for several days. The peak flux was reached on 2011 October 19, with a value of ∼4.4 × 10-5 ph cm-2 s -1, which in turn corresponds to a luminosity of ∼2 × 1049 erg s-1. A very short timescale variability was measured. Particularly on 2011 October 18, the flux-doubling time was as short as ∼20 min. This is the shortest variability ever detected in the MeV-GeV energy band. We compared our analysis with two other outbursts observed in 2009 March and 2012 February-March, when the blazar was also detected by H.E.S.S. and MAGIC to infer information about the emission at hundreds of GeV. © 2013 ESO.
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|Titolo:||Fermi/LAT detection of extraordinary variability in the gamma-ray emission of the blazar PKS 1510-089|
|Citazione:||Foschini, L., Bonnoli, G., Ghisellini, G., Tagliaferri, G., Tavecchio, F., & Stamerra, A. (2013). Fermi/LAT detection of extraordinary variability in the gamma-ray emission of the blazar PKS 1510-089. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, 555, 138-142.|
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