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AGN Diagnostic Plot in the WISE and 3XMM Era: the Role of Variability

Zaino, Alessandra; Severgnini, P.; Vignali, C.; Della Ceca, R.; Ballo, L.

An efficient diagnostic method to find local (z<0.1) Compton-thick AGN consists in selecting sources characterized by hard X- ray colors and low hard X-ray over mid-IR flux ratio. This has been done efficiently in the past using 2XMM and IRAS data (Severgnini et al. 2012). In this talk I will present my thesis work in which I tested this technique using the latest 3XMM and WISE data for the sample presented by Severgnini et al. I will also briefly discuss the X-ray spectral properties of all of those sources showing flux and/or spectral variability in the XMM-Newton observations.

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