Blazars represent about 62% of the sources in the ?-ray Fermi-LAT catalog, and about 80% of the ?-ray sources associated with a lower-energy counterpart, dominating the ?-ray sky. In particular, about 42% of the ?-ray blazars are classified as Blazars Candidates of Uncertain type (BCUs) for which spectroscopic observations are mandatory to confirm their blazar nature. Here we report the spectra of 64 targets observed as part of our follow-up optical spectroscopic campaign. This sample includes 62 sources classified in Fermi-LAT catalog as BCUs, one source classified as a generic active galactic nucleus, and one source classified as a BL Lac in Fermi-LAT and as blazar of uncertain type in the Roma-BZCAT catalog. We confirm the blazar nature of all BCUs. We classify 33 of them as BL Lacs, 11 as Flat Spectrum Radio Quasars, and 18 as blazars with nonnegligible host-galaxy emission. We also classify the generic active galactic nucleus as a BL Lac. Finally, we confirm the classification of the BL Lac. We also reported a lower limit redshift for 43 sources. For 20 sources, we got redshift measurements consistent with the literature values. For the other 21 sources, we obtained their first spectroscopic redshift measurement; while, for two sources, we provide lower limits on the redshift. With the upcoming release of the sixth edition of the Roma-BZCAT Multifrequency Catalog of Blazars, we take the opportunity in the present work to present the collective results of the first phase of our optical spectroscopic follow-up campaign.

Pena-Herazo, H.A., Paggi, A., Garcia-Perez, A., Amaya-Almazan, R.A., Massaro, F., Ricci, F., et al. (2021). Optical Spectroscopic Observations of Gamma-ray Blazar Candidates. XI. Optical Observations from SOAR, Blanco, NTT and OAN-SPM. The Story so Far. THE ASTRONOMICAL JOURNAL, 162(5), 177 [10.3847/1538-3881/ac1da7].

Optical Spectroscopic Observations of Gamma-ray Blazar Candidates. XI. Optical Observations from SOAR, Blanco, NTT and OAN-SPM. The Story so Far

Ricci F.
Membro del Collaboration Group
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La Franca F.
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
2021

Abstract

Blazars represent about 62% of the sources in the ?-ray Fermi-LAT catalog, and about 80% of the ?-ray sources associated with a lower-energy counterpart, dominating the ?-ray sky. In particular, about 42% of the ?-ray blazars are classified as Blazars Candidates of Uncertain type (BCUs) for which spectroscopic observations are mandatory to confirm their blazar nature. Here we report the spectra of 64 targets observed as part of our follow-up optical spectroscopic campaign. This sample includes 62 sources classified in Fermi-LAT catalog as BCUs, one source classified as a generic active galactic nucleus, and one source classified as a BL Lac in Fermi-LAT and as blazar of uncertain type in the Roma-BZCAT catalog. We confirm the blazar nature of all BCUs. We classify 33 of them as BL Lacs, 11 as Flat Spectrum Radio Quasars, and 18 as blazars with nonnegligible host-galaxy emission. We also classify the generic active galactic nucleus as a BL Lac. Finally, we confirm the classification of the BL Lac. We also reported a lower limit redshift for 43 sources. For 20 sources, we got redshift measurements consistent with the literature values. For the other 21 sources, we obtained their first spectroscopic redshift measurement; while, for two sources, we provide lower limits on the redshift. With the upcoming release of the sixth edition of the Roma-BZCAT Multifrequency Catalog of Blazars, we take the opportunity in the present work to present the collective results of the first phase of our optical spectroscopic follow-up campaign.
Pena-Herazo, H.A., Paggi, A., Garcia-Perez, A., Amaya-Almazan, R.A., Massaro, F., Ricci, F., et al. (2021). Optical Spectroscopic Observations of Gamma-ray Blazar Candidates. XI. Optical Observations from SOAR, Blanco, NTT and OAN-SPM. The Story so Far. THE ASTRONOMICAL JOURNAL, 162(5), 177 [10.3847/1538-3881/ac1da7].
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