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2015ApJS..217....2M Refining the Associations of the Fermi Large Area Telescope Source Catalogs Massaro, F.; D'Abrusco, R.; Landoni, M.; Paggi, A.; Masetti, N.; Giroletti, M.; Oti-Floranes, H.; Chavushyan, V.; Jimenez-Bailon, E.; Patino-Alvarez, V.; Digel, S. W.; Smith, Howard A.; Tosti, G. Abstract. The Fermi-Large Area Telescope (LAT) First Source Catalog (1FGL) was released in 2010 February and the Fermi-LAT 2-Year Source Catalog (2FGL) appeared in 2012 April, based on data from 24 months of operation. Since they were released, many follow up observations of unidentified gamma-ray sources have been performed and new procedures for associating gamma-ray sources with potential counterparts at other wavelengths have been developed. Here we review and characterize all of the associations as published in the 1FGL and 2FGL catalogs on the basis of multifrequency archival observations. In particular, we located 177 spectra for the low-energy counterparts that were not listed in the previous Fermi catalogs, and in addition we present new spectroscopic observations of eight gamma-ray blazar candidates. Based on our investigations, we introduce a new counterpart category of "candidate associations" and propose a refined classification for the candidate low-energy counterparts of the Fermi sources. We compare the 1FGL-assigned counterparts with those listed in 2FGL to determine which unassociated sources became associated in later releases of the Fermi catalogs. We also search for potential counterparts to all of the remaining unassociated Fermi sources. Finally, we prepare a refined and merged list of all of the associations of 1FGL plus 2FGL that includes 2219 unique Fermi objects. This is the most comprehensive and systematic study of all the associations collected for the gamma-ray sources available to date. We conclude that 80% of the Fermi sources have at least one known plausible gamma-ray emitter within their positional uncertainty regions. Key words: galaxies: active, methods: statistical, quasars: general, surveys
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