Abstract

The EGRET experiment aboard the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory (CGRO) has observed at energies above 100 MeV strong gamma-ray flares with short-term time variability from thegamma-ray blazars 3C 279 [1] and PKS 1622-297 [2]. During these flaring periods both blazarshave been detected by the COMPTEL experiment aboard CGRO at photon energies of ∼10 MeV, revealing simultaneous γ-ray activity down to these energies. For both cases the derived fluxes exceed those measured in previous observations, and 3C 279 shows an indication for time variability within the observational period. Both sources show evidence for ‘hard’ MeV spectra. In general the behaviour of both sources at γ-ray energies is found to be quite similar supporting the conclusion that the underlying physical mechanism for both γ-ray flares might be the same.

Publication Date

1997

Journal Title

AIP Conference Proceedings

Publisher

AIP Publishing

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1063/1.54054

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Rights

© 1997 American Institute of Physics

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