Context. Fermi J1544-0639/ASASSN-17gs/AT2017egv was identified as a gamma-ray/optical transient on May 15, 2017. Subsequent multiwavelength observations suggest that this source may belong to the new class of radio-weak BL Lacs. Aims. We studied the X-ray spectral properties and short-term variability of Fermi J1544-0639 to constrain the X-ray continuum emission mechanism of this peculiar source. Methods. We present the analysis of an XMM-Newton observation, 56 ks in length, performed on February 21, 2018. Results. The source exhibits strong X-ray variability, both in flux and spectral shape, on timescales of ∼10 ks, with a harder-when-brighter behaviour typical of BL Lacs. The X-ray spectrum is nicely described by a variable broken power law, with a break energy of around 2.7 keV consistent with radiative cooling due to Comptonization of broad-line region photons. We find evidence for a "soft excess", nicely described by a blackbody with a temperature of ∼0.2 keV, consistent with being produced by bulk Comptonization along the jet.
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- Astronomía y astrofísica
- Ciencias planetarias y espacial