Revisiting the continuum reverberation lags in the AGN PKS 0558−504

D H González-Buitrago*, J V Hernández Santisteban*, A J Barth*, E Jimenez-Bailón, Yan-Rong Li, Ma T García-Díaz, A Lopez Vargas, M Herrera-Endoqui

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We present a revised analysis of the photometric reverberation mapping campaign of the narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy PKS 0558 − 504  carried out with the Swift Observatory during 2008–2010. Previously, Gliozzi et al. (2013) found using the Discrete Correlation Function (DCF) method that the short-wavelength continuum variations lagged behind variations at longer wavelengths, the opposite of the trend expected for thermal reprocessing of X-rays by the accretion disc, and they interpreted their results as evidence against the reprocessing model. We carried out new DCF measurements that demonstrate that the inverted lag-wavelength relationship found by Gliozzi et al. resulted from their having interchanged the order of the driving and responding light curves when measuring the lags. To determine the inter-band lags and uncertainties more accurately, we carried out new measurements with four independent methods. These give consistent results showing time delays increasing as a function of wavelength, as expected for the disc reprocessing scenario. The slope of the re-analysed delay spectrum appears to be roughly compatible with the predicted τ ∝ λ4/3 relationship for reprocessing by an optically thick and geometrically thin accretion disc, although the data points exhibit a large scatter about the fitted power-law trend.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2890-2900
Number of pages11
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number2
Early online date29 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2022


  • Accretion
  • Accretion disc
  • Galaxies: active
  • Galaxies: individual: PKS 0558 - 504


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