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 HAL: in2p3-00496030, version 1
 arXiv: 0912.2040
 Astrophysical Journal 716 (2010) 30-70
 The Spectral Energy Distribution of Fermi bright blazars
 (2010-06)
 We have conducted a detailed investigation of the broad-band spectral properties of the \gamma-ray selected blazars of the Fermi LAT Bright AGN Sample (LBAS). By combining our accurately estimated Fermi gamma-ray spectra with Swift, radio, infra-red, optical and other hard X-ray/gamma-ray data, collected within three months of the LBAS data taking period, we were able to assemble high-quality and quasi-simultaneous Spectral Energy Distributions (SED) for 48 LBAS blazars.The SED of these gamma-ray sources is similar to that of blazars discovered at other wavelengths, clearly showing, in the usual Log $\nu$ - Log $\nu$ F$_\nu$ representation, the typical broad-band spectral signatures normally attributed to a combination of low-energy synchrotron radiation followed by inverse Compton emission of one or more components. We have used these SEDs to characterize the peak intensity of both the low and the high-energy components. The results have been used to derive empirical relationships that estimate the position of the two peaks from the broad-band colors (i.e. the radio to optical and optical to X-ray spectral slopes) and from the gamma-ray spectral index. Our data show that the synchrotron peak frequency $\nu_p^S$ is positioned between 10$^{12.5}$ and 10$^{14.5}$ Hz in broad-lined FSRQs and between $10^{13}$ and $10^{17}$ Hz in featureless BL Lacertae objects.We find that the gamma-ray spectral slope is strongly correlated with the synchrotron peak energy and with the X-ray spectral index, as expected at first order in synchrotron - inverse Compton scenarios. However, simple homogeneous, one-zone, Synchrotron Self Compton (SSC) models cannot explain most of our SEDs, especially in the case of FSRQs and low energy peaked (LBL) BL Lacs. (...)
 1: Astrophysique Interactions Multi-échelles (AIM) CNRS : UMR7158 – INSU – Université Paris VII - Paris Diderot – CEA : DSM/IRFU 2: Laboratoire Leprince-Ringuet (LLR) CNRS : UMR7638 – IN2P3 – Polytechnique - X 3: Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Astroparticules (LPTA) CNRS : UMR5207 – IN2P3 – Université Montpellier II - Sciences et techniques 4: Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Bordeaux Gradignan (CENBG) CNRS : UMR5797 – IN2P3 – Université Sciences et Technologies - Bordeaux I 5: Centre d'étude spatiale des rayonnements (CESR) CNRS : UMR5187 – Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées – INSU – Université Paul Sabatier [UPS] - Toulouse III
 Subject(s) : Sciences of the Universe/Astrophysics/High Energy Astrophysical PhenomenaPhysics/Astrophysics/High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena
 Keyword(s): BL Lacertae objects: general – galaxies: active – gamma rays: galaxies – quasars: general – radiation mechanisms: non-thermal