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Abstract: We report the detection by the AGILE satellite of a rapid gamma-ray flarefrom the powerful gamma-ray quasar PKS 1510-089, during a pointing centered onthe Galactic Center region from 1 March to 30 March 2008. This source has beencontinuosly monitored in the radio-to-optical bands by the GLAST-AGILE SupportProgram GASP of the Whole Earth Blazar Telescope WEBT. Moreover, thegamma-ray flaring episode triggered three ToO observations by the Swiftsatellite in three consecutive days, starting from 20 March 2008. In the period1-16 March 2008, AGILE detected gamma-ray emission from PKS 1510-089 at asignificance level of 6.2-sigma with an average flux over the entire period of84 +- 17 x 10^{-8} photons cm^{-2} s^{-1} for photon energies above 100 MeV.After a predefined satellite re-pointing, between 17 and 21 March 2008, AGILEdetected the source at a significance level of 7.3-sigma, with an average fluxE > 100 MeV of 134 +- 29 x 10^{-8} photons cm^{-2} s^{-1} and a peak levelof 281 +- 68 x 10^{-8} photons cm^{-2} s^{-1} with daily integration. Duringthe observing period January-April 2008, the source also showed an intense andvariable optical activity, with several flaring episodes and a significantincrease of the flux was observed at millimetric frequencies. Moreover, in theX-ray band the Swift-XRT observations seem to show an harder-when-brighterbehaviour of the source spectrum. The spectral energy distribution of mid-March2008 is modelled with a homogeneous one-zone synchrotron self Compton emissionplus contributions from inverse Compton scattering of external photons fromboth the accretion disc and the broad line region. Indeed, some features in theoptical-UV spectrum seem to indicate the presence of Seyfert-like components,such as the little blue bump and the big blue bump.



Author: F. D'Ammando, G. Pucella, C. M. Raiteri, M. Villata, V. Vittorini, S. Vercellone, I. Donnarumma, F. Longo, M. Tavani, A. Arg

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