Two multifrequency observations of 3C 371

D. M. Worrall, J. J. Puschell, H. R. Miller, R. J. Rudy, W. H.-M. Ku, M. F. Aller, H. D. Aller, P. E. Hodge, K. Matthews, G. Neugebauer, B. T. Soifer

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We present observations of 3C371 made at frequencies from the radio to the ultraviolet and coordinated during two short time intervals separated by 3 months are presented. Also presented are 1 keV X-ray flux densities measured at a different time. The multifrequency measurements indicate spectral steepening at visual wavelengths, and that an extrapolation of the ultraviolet continuum falls below the X-ray data. The infrared through X-ray data is explained as relativistically beamed synchrotron self-Compton emission, and source parameters are derived for two possible models. The present ultraviolet spectra both show strong Lyα emission at the same redshift as weak optical emission lines reported previously. Production of these lines by recombination of gas, after its ionization by the ultraviolet to X-ray continuum radiation, is favored as an explanation. C IV and N V absorption lines are tentatively identified in one ultraviolet spectrum, which, if real, suggest the presence of a hot (about 300,000 K) gaseous halo in 3C 371.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-529
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1984


  • Astronomical Spectroscopy
  • Bl Lacertae Objects
  • Galactic Nuclei
  • Iue
  • Line Spectra
  • Radio Sources (Astronomy)
  • Synchrotron Radiation
  • Ultraviolet Spectra
  • X Ray Sources


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