A. Maselli's research while affiliated with Università degli studi di Cagliari and other places

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We present Swift observations of 31 sources from the SMS4 catalog, a sample of 137 bright radio sources in the southern hemisphere. All these sources had no Chandra or XMM-Newton observations: 24 of these were observed with Swift through a dedicated proposal in 2015, and data for the remaining seven were retrieved from the Swift archive. The reduct...
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The last decade has brought about a profound transformation in multimessenger science. Ten years ago, facilities had been built or were under construction that would eventually discover the nature of objects in our universe could be detected through multiple messengers. Nonetheless, multimessenger science was hardly more than a dream. The rewards f...
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Gamma-rays, the most energetic photons, carry information from the far reaches of extragalactic space with minimal interaction or loss of information. They bring messages about particle acceleration in environments so extreme they cannot be reproduced on earth for a closer look. Gamma-ray astrophysics is so complementary with collider work that par...
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We present the analysis of multi-wavelength observations of seven extragalactic radio sources, listed as unidentified in the Third Cambridge Revised Catalog (3CR). X-ray observations, performed during Chandra Cycle 21, were compared to VLA, WISE and Pan-STARRS observations in the radio, infrared and optical bands, respectively. All sources in this...
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The radio, optical, and γ-ray light curves of the blazar S5 1803+784, from the beginning of the Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) mission in August 2008 until December 2018, are presented. The aim of this work is to look for correlations among different wavelengths useful for further theoretical studies. We analyzed all the data collected by Fermi L...
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The radio, optical, and $\gamma$-ray light curves of the blazar S5 1803+784, from the beginning of the {\it Fermi} Large Area Telescope (LAT) mission in August 2008 until December 2018, are presented. The aim of this work is to look for correlations among different wavelengths useful for further theoretical studies. We analyzed all the data collect...
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Aims. We investigated the X-ray emission properties of the powerful radio galaxy 3C 459 revealed by a recent Chandra follow-up observation carried out in October 2014 with a 62 ks exposure. Methods. We performed an X-ray spectral analysis from a few selected regions on an image obtained from this observation and also compared the X-ray image with a...
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The evolutionary status of the low-mass X-ray binary SAX J1808.4 - 3658 is simulated by following the binary evolution of its possible progenitor system through mass transfer, starting at a period of ~6.6 h. The evolution includes angular momentum losses via magnetic braking and gravitational radiation. It also takes into account the effects of ill...
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The evolutionary status of the low mass X-ray binary SAX J1808.4-3658 is simulated by following the binary evolution of its possible progenitor system through mass transfer, starting at a period of $\sim$6.6 hr. The evolution includes angular momentum losses via magnetic braking and gravitational radiation. It also takes into account the effects of...
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We investigate some key aspects of the "heartbeat" variability consisting of series of bursts with a slow rise and a fast decay, thus far detected only in GRS 1915+105, IGR J17091-3624, and MXB 1730-335. A previous analysis based on BeppoSAX data of GRS 1915+105 revealed a hard-X delay (HXD), that is a lag of the burst rise at higher energies with...
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We report on the detection of a bright, short, structured X-ray burst coming from the supernova remnant RCW 103 on 2016 June 22 caught by the Swift/Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) monitor, and on the follow-up campaign made with Swift/X-ray Telescope, Swift/UV/Optical Telescope, and the optical/near-infrared (NIR) Gamma-Ray burst Optical and Near-infra...
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We report the detection of two new gamma-ray sources in the Fermi-LAT sky (Pass 8) at energies higher than 20 GeV, and confirmed at lower energies, using a source detection tool based on the Minimum Spanning Tree algorithm. One of these sources, at a Galactic latitude of about -4{\deg}, is a new discovery, while the other was previously reported ab...
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We have investigated a group of unassociated radio sources included in the 3CR catalogue to increase the multi-frequency information on them and possibly obtain an identification. We have carried out an observational campaign with the Swift satellite to observe with the UVOT and the XRT telescopes the field of view of 21 bright NVSS sources within...
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We report on the detection of a bright, short, hard X-ray burst coming from the supernova remnant RCW 103 on 2016 June 22 caught by the \emph{Swift}/BAT monitor, and on a follow-up campaign made with \emph{Swift}/XRT and the optical/NIR GROND detector. The characteristics of the flash, such as duration and spectral shape, are consistent with typica...
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Blazars are radio-loud active galactic nuclei well known for their non thermal emission spanning a wide range of frequencies. The Roma-BZCAT is, to date, the most comprehensive list of these sources. We performed the cross-match of several catalogs obtained from recent surveys at different frequencies to search for new blazars. We cross-matched the...
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The 5th edition of the Roma-BZCAT Multifrequency Catalogue of Blazars is available in a printed version and online at the ASDC website (http://www.asdc.asi.it/bzcat); it is also in the NED database. It presents several relevant changes with respect to the past editions which are briefly described in this paper.
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We present the analysis of the extraordinarily bright Gamma-Ray Burst (GRB) 130427A under the hypothesis that the GRB central engine is an accretion-powered magnetar. In this framework, initially proposed to explain GRBs with precursor activity, the prompt emission is produced by accretion of matter onto a newly-born magnetar, and the observed powe...
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We have analyzed the long term BAT light curve of Swift J1734.5-3027, a Galactic X-ray transient discovered in September 2013 after a short duration burst (ATel# 5354, GCN #15157, GCN #15172, ATel #5361), finding that the source had a much longer outburst already in May 2013.
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Long-duration Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) are an extremely rare outcome of the collapse of massive stars, and are typically found in the distant Universe. Because of its intrinsic luminosity (L ∼ 3 × 10(53) erg s(-1)) and its relative proximity (z = 0.34), GRB 130427A was a unique event that reached the highest fluence observed in the γ-ray band. Here...
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We searched for gamma-ray blazar candidates among the 382 unidentified hard X-ray sources of the 3rd Palermo BAT Catalog (3PBC) obtained from the analysis of 66 months of SWIFT-BAT survey data and listing 1586 sources. We adopted a recently developed association method based on the peculiar infrared colors which characterize the gamma-ray blazars i...
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The Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered on the supergiant fast X-ray transient (SFXT) candidate IGR J16418-4532 on 2013 April 2 at 11:56:29 UT (image trigger, 552677). This is the second detection using the new Sub-threshold Interesting Source BAT trigger criteria. Swift immediately slewed to the target. Using the data set from T-119 to T+...
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We report on our optical monitoring of the BL Lac object S5 1803+78 from 1996 to 2011. The source showed no clear periodicity, but a time scale of about 1300 days between major flares is possibly present. No systematic trend of the color index with flux variations is evident, at variance with other BL Lacs. In one flare, however, the source was blu...