In 2007, the 40 M Telescope at the Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) embarked on a new research campaign. In support of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, launched in 2008, the OVRO 40 M Telescope is monitoring more than 1500 blazars about twice per week.
Our paper, Blazars in the Fermi Era: The OVRO 40-Meter Telescope Monitoring Program, describes our observing program in detail and presents results from 2008 and 2009. Other OVRO publications are listed on the OVRO 40m Papers page.
The 40 M measurements at 15 GHz are to be compared to the Fermi gamma-ray measurements of the same sources. By looking for correlations in the variability, we hope to better understand the emission mechanisms at the hearts of Active Galactic Nuclei.
Reduced data for our core sample, the 1158 CGRaBS (Healey et al. 2008) north of -20° declination, are available to the public. The data can be obtained here. Use the user name guest and a blank password for access.
The OVRO 40 M Telescope Fermi Blazar Monitoring Program is supported by NASA under awards NNX08AW31G and NNX11A043G, and by the NSF under awards AST-0808050 and AST-1109911.
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