Discovery of nine quasars behind the Large Magellanic Cloud Academic Article uri icon


  • We present the discovery of nine quasars behind the Large Magellanic Cloud, with emission redshifts ranging from 0.07 to 2.09. Six of them were identified as part of the systematic variability-based search for QSOs in the objects from the OGLE-II database. Combination of variability-based selection of candidates with the candidates' colours appears to be a powerful technique for identifying quasars, potentially reaching ∼50% efficiency. We report an apparent correlation between variability magnitude and variability timescale, which - if confirmed - could put even more constraints on QSO candidate selection. The remaining three quasars were identified via followup spectroscopy of optical counterparts to X-ray sources found serendipitously by the Chandra X-ray Observatory satellite. Even though the locations of the candidates were quite uniformly distributed over the LMC bar, the confirmed QSOs all appear near the bar's outskirts. © ESO 2005.

author list (cited authors)

  • Dobrzycki, A., Eyer, L., Stanek, K. Z., & Macri, L. M.

citation count

  • 15

publication date

  • November 2005