Multiwavelength Monitoring of the Narrow-Line Seyfert 1 Galaxy Akn 564.
Continuum and Emission-line Variability
S. Collier, et al. 2001, ApJ, 561, 146
We present results of an intensive two-month campaign of approximately daily spectrophotometric monitoring of the narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy Akn 564 with HST. The fractional variability amplitude of the continuum variations between 1365-3000 A is ~6%, about a factor 3 less than that found in typical Seyfert 1 galaxies over a similar period of time. However, large amplitude, short time- scale flaring behavior is evident, with trough-to-peak flux changes of about 18% in approximately 3 days. We present evidence for wavelength-dependent continuum time delays, with the variations at 3000 A lagging behind those at 1365 A by about 1 day. These delays may be interpreted as evidence for a stratified continuum reprocessing region, possibly an accretion-disk structure. The Lyman-alpha 1216 emission-line exhibits flux variations of about 1% amplitude.