• Quasi-Periodic Oscillations in the X-ray Light Curves of Blazars

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      Galaxies: active; BL Lacertae objects: general; galaxies: jets; quasars: general.

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      Any quasi-periodic variations discovered in blazar light curves would contain important information on the location and nature of the processes within the emission regions. In non-blazar active galactic nuclei, particularly Seyfert galaxies, any such fluctuations are very likely to be associated with the accretion disks, but in blazars they would almost certainly have to emanate from jets. This brief review summarizes recent claims for the presence of quasi-periodic variability in the X-ray emission of several AGN, focusing on blazars. Although no individual claim of the presence of a QPO in AGN X-ray light curves is absolutely convincing, there are some good cases for the presence of QPOs, including the Narrow Line Seyfert 1 galaxy, RE J1034+396, the quasar, 3C 273 and the BL Lac, PKS 2155−304.

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      Paul J. Wiita1

      1. Department of Physics, The College of New Jersey, P.O. Box 7718, Ewing, NJ 08628-0718, USA.
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