New High-z BL Lacs Using the Photometric Method with Swift and SARA
BL Lacertae (BL Lac) objects are the prominent members of the third Fermi Large Area Telescope catalog of γ-ray sources. Half of the BL Lac population (∼ 300) lack redshift measurements, which is due to the absence of lines in their optical spectrum, thereby making it difficult to utilize spectroscopic methods. Our photometric drop-out technique can be used to establish the redshift for a fraction of these sources. This work employed 6 filters mounted on the Swift-UVOT and 4 optical filters on
... wo telescopes, the 0.65 m SARA-CTIO in Chile and 1.0 m SARA-ORM in the Canary Islands, Spain. A sample of 15 sources was extracted from the Swift archival data for which 6 filter UVOT observations were conducted. By complementing the Swift observations with the SARA ones, we were able to discover two high redshift sources: 3FGL J1155.4-3417 and 3FGL J1156.7-2250 at z=1.83^+0.10_-0.13 and z=1.73^+0.11_-0.19 , respectively, resulting from the dropouts in the powerlaw template fits to these data. The discoveries add to the important (26 total) sample of high-redshift BL Lacs. While the sample of high-z BL Lacs is still rather small, these objects do not seem to fit well within known schemes of the blazar population and represent the best probes of the extragalactic background light.