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Title: SED Constraints on the Highest- z Blazar Jet: QSO J0906+6930

Here, 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 × 10 9 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.
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  1. Chungbuk National Univ., Cheongju (Republic of Korea)
  2. Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States)
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
The Astrophysical Journal (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: The Astrophysical Journal (Online); Journal Volume: 856; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1538-4357
Institute of Physics (IOP)
Research Org:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; quasars: individual (QSO J0906+6930); radiation mechanisms: non-thermal
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