X-Ray and GeV Gamma-Ray Variability of the Radio Galaxy NGC 1275
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Citation of Original PublicationYasushi Fukazawa et al., X-Ray and GeV Gamma-Ray Variability of the Radio Galaxy NGC 1275, The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 855, Number 2, doi: https://doi.org/10.3847%2F1538-4357%2Faaabc0
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We analyzed Suzaku/XIS data (2006–2015) and Fermi/LAT data (2008–2015) of the gamma-ray emitting radio galaxy NGC 1275. Correlated brightening of the nucleus in both the X-ray and GeV gamma-ray energy bands was found for the period 2013–2015. This is the first evidence of correlated variability between these two energy bands for NGC 1275. We also analyzed Swift/XRT data and found that the X-ray flux increased over several days in 2010, coincidentally with the GeV gamma-ray flare. During the flare, the X-ray spectra were softer, with a photon index of ~2 compared with 1.5–2.1 of the other periods, suggesting the brightening of a synchrotron component. The GeV gamma-ray band also showed a higher flux with a harder spectrum during the 2010 flare. Simultaneous X-ray and GeV gamma-ray flux increase in the flare could be explained by the shock-in-jet scenario. On the other hand, a long-term gradual brightening of radio, X-ray, and GeV gamma-ray flux with a larger gamma-ray amplitude could have an origin other than internal shocks, and some of these possibilities are discussed.