We report on Gemini, NuSTAR, and eight years of Fermi observations of the most distant blazar QSO J0906+6930 (z = 5.48). We construct a broadband spectral energy distribution (SED) and model the SED using a synchro-Compton model. The measurements yield a mass of ∼4 × 109 M ⊙ for the black hole and a spectral break at ∼4 keV in the combined fit of the new NuSTAR and archival Chandra data. The SED fitting constrains the bulk Doppler factor δ of the jet to 9+2.5 -3 for QSO J0906+6930. Similar, but weaker, constraints on δ are derived from SED modeling of the three other claimed z > 5 blazars. Together, these extrapolate to ∼620 similar sources, fully 20% of the optically bright, high-mass active galactic nuclei expected at 5 < z < 5.5. This has interesting implications for the early growth of massive black holes.
The Astrophysical Journal
- Pub Date:
- April 2018
- quasars: individual: QSO J0906+6930;
- radiation mechanisms: non-thermal;
- Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena
- 10 pages, 5 figures, 2 tables. Accepted for publication in ApJ