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External inverse-Compton emission from blazar jets

By Jennifer E. Carson and James Chiang


According to leptonic models for the high-energy emission from blazars, relativistic electrons in the inner jets inverse-Compton scatter photons from a variety of sources. Seed photons are certainly introduced via the synchrotron process from the electrons themselves, but external sources of seed photons may also be present. In this paper, we present detailed derivations of the equations describing external inverse-Compton scattering from two sources of seed photons: direct emission from the accretion disk, and accretion disk photons that have scattered off the broad line region. For each source, we derive the seed photon spectrum incident on the jet, the single electron energy loss rate, and the emitted photon spectrum. Subject headings: BL Lacertae Objects: general — galaxies: jets — radiation mechanisms: non-thermal–3– 1

Year: 2007
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