The high-frequency-peaked BL Lac, MS 0205.7+3509 was observed twice with XMM-Newton. Both X-ray spectra are synchrotron-dominated, with mean 0.2-10 keV fluxes of 2.80±0.01 and 3.34±0.02×10-12 erg cm-2 s-1. The X-ray spectra are well fit by a power-law with absorption above the Galactic value, however no absorption edges are detected, implying a low metallicity absorber (Z☉ = 0.04+0.03-0.01) or an absorber with redshift above one (best-fit z=2.1 for an absorber with solar abundances). In either case the absorbing column density must be ∼9×1021 cm-2. A new optical spectrum is presented, with a Mg II absorption doublet detected at z=0.351, but no other significant features. The optical spectrum shows little reddening, implying a low dust to gas ratio in the absorber. MS 0205.7+3509 must therefore be viewed through a high column density, low-metallicity gas cloud, probably at z=0.351 and associated with the galaxy that has been shown to be within ∼2 arcsec of the BL Lac.
Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Pub Date:
- May 2004
- galaxies: BL Lacertae objects: individual: MS 0205.7+3509;
- galaxies: active;
- X-rays: galaxies;
- 5 pages, 4 figures, accepted for publication in A&