Multiwavelength observations of a TeV-Flare from W comae

V. A. Acciari, E. Aliu, T. Aune, M. Beilicke, W. Benbow, M. Böttcher, D. Boltuch, J. H. Buckley, S. M. Bradbury, V. Bugaev, K. Byrum, A. Cannon, A. Cesarini, L. Ciupik, P. Cogan, W. Cui, R. Dickherber, C. Duke, A. Falcone, J. P. FinleyP. Fortin, L. Fortson, A. Furniss, N. Galante, D. Gall, K. Gibbs, G. H. Gillanders, J. Grube, R. Guenette, G. Gyuk, D. Hanna, J. Holder, C. M. Hui, T. B. Humensky, P. Kaaret, N. Karlsson, M. Kertzman, D. Kieda, A. Konopelko, H. Krawczynski, F. Krennrich, M. J. Lang, S. Lebohec, G. Maier, S. McArthur, A. McCann, M. McCutcheon, J. Millis, P. Moriarty, R. A. Ong, A. N. Otte, D. Pandel, J. S. Perkins, A. Pichel, M. Pohl, J. Quinn, K. Ragan, L. C. Reyes, P. T. Reynolds, E. Roache, H. J. Rose, G. H. Sembroski, A. W. Smith, D. Steele, M. Theiling, S. Thibadeau, A. Varlotta, V. V. Vassiliev, S. Vincent, S. P. Wakely, J. E. Ward, T. C. Weekes, A. Weinstein, T. Weisgarber, D. A. Williams, S. Wissel, M. Wood, E. Pian, S. Vercellone, I. Donnarumma, F. D'Ammando, A. Bulgarelli, A. W. Chen, A. Giuliani, F. Longo, L. Pacciani, G. Pucella, V. Vittorini, M. Tavani, A. Argan, G. Barbiellini, P. Caraveo, P. W. Cattaneo, V. Cocco, E. Costa, E. Del Monte, G. De Paris, G. Di Cocco, Y. Evangelista, M. Feroci, M. Fiorini, T. Froysland, M. Frutti, F. Fuschino, M. Galli, F. Gianotti, C. Labanti, I. Lapshov, F. Lazzarotto, P. Lipari, M. Marisaldi, M. Mastropietro, S. Mereghetti, E. Morelli, A. Morselli, A. Pellizzoni, F. Perotti, G. Piano, P. Picozza, M. Pilia, G. Porrovecchio, M. Prest, M. Rapisarda, A. Rappoldi, A. Rubini, S. Sabatini, P. Soffitta, M. Trifoglio, A. Trois, E. Vallazza, A. Zambra, D. Zanello, C. Pittori, P. Santolamazza, F. Verrecchia, P. Giommi, S. Colafrancesco, L. Salotti, M. Villata, C. M. Raiteri, H. D. Aller, M. F. Aller, A. A. Arkharov, N. V. Efimova, V. M. Larionov, P. Leto, R. Ligustri, E. Lindfors, M. Pasanen, O. M. Kurtanidze, S. D. Tetradze, A. Lahteenmaki, M. Kotiranta, A. Cucchiara, P. Romano, R. Nesci, T. Pursimo, J. Heidt, E. Benitez, D. Hiriart, K. Nilsson, A. Berdyugin, R. Mujica, D. Dultzin, J. M. Lopez, M. Mommert, M. Sorcia, I. De La Calle Perez

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We report results from an intensive multiwavelength campaign on the intermediate-frequency-peaked BL Lacertae object W Com (z = 0.102) during a strong outburst of very high energy gamma-ray emission in 2008 June. The very high energy gamma-ray signal was detected by VERITAS on 2008 June 7-8 with a flux F(>200 GeV) =(5.7 0.6) × 10-11 cm-2 s -1, about three times brighter than during the discovery of gamma-ray emission from W Com by VERITAS in 2008 March. The initial detection of this flare by VERITAS at energies above 200 GeV was followed by observations in high-energy gamma rays (AGILE; E γ≥ 100 MeV), X-rays (Swift and XMM-Newton), and at UV, and ground-based optical and radio monitoring through the GASP-WEBT consortium and other observatories. Here we describe the multiwavelength data and derive the spectral energy distribution of the source from contemporaneous data taken throughout the flare.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)612-620
Number of pages9
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009


  • BL Lacertae objects: individual (W Com)
  • Gamma rays: observations


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