The curtain remains open: NGC 2617 continues in a high state
Optical and near-infrared photometry, optical spectroscopy, and soft X-ray and UV monitoring of the changing-look active galactic nucleus NGC 2617 show that it continues to have the appearance of a type-1 Seyfert galaxy. An optical light curve for 2010-2016 indicates that the change of type probably occurred between 2010 October and 2012 February and was not related to the brightening in 2013. In 2016, NGC 2617 brightened again to a level of activity close to that in 2013 April. We find variations in all passbands and in both the intensities and profiles of the broad Balmer lines. A new displaced emission peak has appeared in Hβ. X-ray variations are well correlated with UV-optical variability and possibly lead by ˜2-3 d. The K band lags the J band by about 21.5 ± 2.5 d and lags the combined B + J filters by ˜25 d. J lags B by about 3 d. This could be because J-band variability arises from the outer part of the accretion disc, while K-band variability comes from thermal re-emission by dust. We propose that spectral-type changes are a result of increasing central luminosity causing sublimation of the innermost dust in the hollow bi-conical outflow. We briefly discuss various other possible reasons that might explain the dramatic changes in NGC 2617.
The conference was held in the form of lectures by leading scientists, oral and poster presentations of young scientists and students of physical specialties, as well as leaders of innovative structures for the purpose of mutual acquaintance with the new results of fundamental research on a wide range of areas in physics, the prospects and challenges in the expansion of relations between science , education and high technologies. SECTION (heads): I. LASERS (Fundam. Probl., Computer ...) (prof. A.A.Ionin) II. OPTICS (quant., And nano materials and new sources) (d.f.m.n.A.V.Masalov) III. Solid state physics, INCLUDING Nanostructures ELEM. BASE UNIT (Corresponding Member of RAS N.N.Sibeldin) IV. Nuclear physics, high energy physics (prof. O.D.Dalkarov, Head: Prof. V.A.Ryabov) V. PLASMA PHYSICS and particle beams (Head: Prof. A.V.Agafonov) VI. Astrophysics (Head: Prof. S.A.Bogachev) VII. PHYSICS IN THE MODERN INSTRUMENT AND TECHNOLOGY (prof. V.N.Nevolin)
The article analyzes the near-Earth space as a future habitat for humankind. This article investigates the factors affecting the location in this environment. We estimate the boundaries of space and related space. The article highlights the main features of the near-Earth space as a human-friendly environment.
Two major challenges to unification schemes for active galactic nuclei (AGN) activity are the existence of Narrow-Line Seyfert 1s (NLS1s) and the existence of changing-look (CL) AGNs. AGNs can drastically change their spectral appearance in the optical (changing their Seyfert type) and/or in the X-ray region. We illustrate the CL phenomenon with our multi-wavelength monitoring of the typical CL AGN NGC 2617 and discuss its properties compared with NLS1s. There are few examples of CL NLS1s and the changes are mostly only in the X-ray region. So far only a few NLS1s have been found to have strong changes in the optical emission lines. It has been proposed that some of these could be cases of a tidal-disruption events (TDE) or supernova events. If NLS1s are seen face-on and BLRs have a flat geometry then we have to see CL cases only if the orientation of the BLR changes as a result of a TDE or a close encounter of a star without a TDE.If NLS1s include both high Eddington rate accretion and low-inclination AGNs then a significant fraction of NLS1s could be obscured and would not be identified as NLS1s. CL cases might happen more in such objects if dust sublimation occurs following a strong increase in the optical luminosity.
Today we have the problem of big science data. The information collecting in science experiments, especially in bioinformatics and astrophysics grows in amazing rate. In this paper we consider special program techniques and computer technologies used for work with superlarge volumes of data. Also, we discuss the state of affairs with the big data in the Institute of Mathematical Problems of Biology RAS and in the Pushchino Radio Astronomy Observatory (Astro Space Center of Lebedev Physics Institute RAS).
Thanks to the first mm studies on the territory of the former USSR in the early 1960s and succeeding sub-mm measurements in the 1970s - early 1980s at wavelengths up to 0.34 mm, a completely unique astroclimate was revealed in the Eastern Pamirs, only slightly inferior to the available conditions on the Chajnantor plateau in Chile and Mauna Kea. Due to its high plateau altitude (4300 - 4500 m) surrounded from all sides by big (~7000 m) air-drying icy mountains and remoteness from oceans this area has the lowest relative humidity in the former USSR and extremely high atmospheric stability. In particular, direct measurements of precipitated water vapor in the winter months showed typical pwv=0.8 - 0.9 mm with sometimes of 0.27 mm. To validate previous studies and to compare them with results for other similar regions we performed opacity calculations at mm - sub-mm wavelengths for different sites in the Eastern Pamirs, Tibet, Indian Himalayas, APEX, ALMA, JCM, LMT and many others. To do this we integrate radiative transfer equations using the output of NASA Global Modeling and Assimilation Office model GEOS-FPIT for more than 12 years. We confirm previous conclusions about exceptionally good astroclimate in the Eastern Pamirs. Due to its geographical location, small infrastructure and the absence of any interference in radio and optical bands, this makes the Eastern Pamirs the best place in the Eastern Hemisphere for both optical and sub-mm astronomy.
Cosmic strings are topologically stable, one-dimensional defects in vacuum which can appear during appropriate phase transitions in an adiabatically expanding early Universe which cools down from a very hot initial state. Their discovery would lead to advances in cosmology and fundamental physics. One of the most efficient ways to detect cosmic strings is related to their gravitational lensing signatures which appear to be different from those of standard lenses. We study a simple model of gravitational lensing by symmetric and asymmetric loops. An explicit form of the lens equation is obtained, and the relations for magnification are derived. We also discuss possible observational manifestations of cosmic strings within our model.
In Proceedings of the conference participants are presented on the following topics: 1) Lasers and Optics 2) Solid State Physics 3) Nuclear Physics 4) The generation and use of X-rays 5) Plasma Physics and particle beams 6) Astrophysics
The dynamics of a two-component Davydov-Scott (DS) soliton with a small mismatch of the initial location or velocity of the high-frequency (HF) component was investigated within the framework of the Zakharov-type system of two coupled equations for the HF and low-frequency (LF) fields. In this system, the HF field is described by the linear Schrödinger equation with the potential generated by the LF component varying in time and space. The LF component in this system is described by the Korteweg-de Vries equation with a term of quadratic influence of the HF field on the LF field. The frequency of the DS soliton`s component oscillation was found analytically using the balance equation. The perturbed DS soliton was shown to be stable. The analytical results were confirmed by numerical simulations.
Radiation conditions are described for various space regions, radiation-induced effects in spacecraft materials and equipment components are considered and information on theoretical, computational, and experimental methods for studying radiation effects are presented. The peculiarities of radiation effects on nanostructures and some problems related to modeling and radiation testing of such structures are considered.