On the multi-wavelength variability of Mrk 110: two components acting at different timescales

F. M. Vincentelli, I. McHardy, E. M. Cackett, A. J. Barth, K. Horne, M. Goad, K. Korista, J. Gelbord, W. Brandt, R. Edelson, J. A. Miller, M. Pahari, B. M. Peterson, T. Schmidt, R. D. Baldi, E. Breedt, J. V. Hernandez Santisteban, E. Romero-Colmenero, M. Ward, D. R. A. Williams

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We present the first intensive continuum reverberation mapping study of the high accretion-rate Seyfert galaxy Mrk 110. The source was monitored almost daily for more than 200 days with the Swift X-ray and UV/optical telescopes, supported by ground-based observations from Las Cumbres Observatory, the Liverpool Telescope, and the Zowada Observatory, thus extending the wavelength coverage to 9100 Å. Mrk 110 was found to be significantly variable at all wavebands. Analysis of the intraband lags reveals two different behaviours, depending on the timescale. On timescales shorter than 10 days the lags, relative to the shortest UV waveband (∼1928 Å), increase with increasing wavelength up to a maximum of ∼2d lag for the longest waveband (∼9100 Å), consistent with the expectation from disc reverberation. On longer timescales, however, the g-band lags the Swift BAT hard X-rays by ∼10 days, with the z-band lagging the g-band by a similar amount, which cannot be explained in terms of simple reprocessing from the accretion disc. We interpret this result as an interplay between the emission from the accretion disc and diffuse continuum radiation from the broad line region.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2021


  • Accretion
  • Accretion disc
  • Galaxies: Seyfert
  • Black hole physics
  • X-rays: galaxies
  • Galaxies: individual: Mrk 110


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