Flux monitoring observations of Sgr A* at 8 GHz and 2 GHz with the NICT Kashima-Koganei VLBI system

S. Takekawa, T. Oka, M. Sekido

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Abstract

We have been conducting flux monitoring observations of Sgr A* at 8 GHz and 2 GHz using the NICT Kashima-Koganei VLBI system (109 km baseline) since mid-February 2013. The primary objective of the monitoring is a search for flux variation which is expected to be caused by the interaction between the G2 cloud and the accretion disk. Until 2013 September 22, we observed Sgr A* for 39 days, five hours on each day. Four quasars (NRAO 530, PKS 1622-253, PKS 1622-297, PKS 1921-293) were also observed as flux calibrators every 6 minutes. No significant change nor variation has been detected in the 8 GHz flux density of Sgr A*. The 8 GHz flux density was 0.81 ± 0.07 Jy (preliminary), while no significant 2 GHz emission was detected by our system. We will continue monitoring as often as possible until at least 2014 May.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-332
Number of pages3
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Volume9
Issue numberS303
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 May

Keywords

  • Galaxy: center
  • Galaxy: nucleus
  • radio continuum: galaxies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Space and Planetary Science

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