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Preprint 10/95

OSSE Observations of the Radio Quiet Quasar PG 1416-129

Rüdiger Staubert and Michael Maisack

Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Astronomie, Universität Tübingen, Waldhäuser Str. 64, D-72076 Tübingen, Germany

accepted by Astronomy & Astrophysics

Abstract. We report the detection of the bright radio quiet quasar PG 1416-129 by the OSSE instrument on the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (CGRO). This object had the hardest spectral index of all known AGN in the energy range 2-20 keV (Gamma=1.1 +/- 0.1) when observed by Ginga. We find that the source is variable at energies >50 keV during the OSSE observation, and that the OSSE spectrum is steeper than the Ginga spectrum. The broad-band X-ray spectrum resembles that of Seyfert galaxies, supporting models which interpret radio quiet quasars as the high-luminosity counterparts of Seyferts.

Key words: Galaxies: active ; Gamma rays: observations ; Galaxies: quasars: individual: PG 1416-129

Paper (42k gzip'ed Postscript including figures)

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