High Energy gamma-rays From FR I Jets

Дата и время публикации : 2003-06-12T11:16:52Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
L. Stawarz
M. Sikora
M. Ostrowski

Оригинал статьи :http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0306251v2

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Ссылка на журнал-издание: Astrophys.J. 597 (2003) 186-201
Коментарии к статье: 39 pages, 6 figures included. Modified version, accepted for publication in Astrophysical Journal
Первичная категория: astro-ph

Все категории : astro-ph

Краткий обзор статьи: Thanks to Hubble and Chandra telescopes, some of the large scale jets in extragalactic radio sources are now being observed at optical and X-ray frequencies. For the FR I objects the synchrotron nature of this emission is surely established, although a lot of uncertainties – connected for example with the particle acceleration processes involved – remain. In this paper we study production of high energy gamma-rays in FR I kiloparsec-scale jets by inverse-Compton emission of the synchrotron-emitting electrons. We consider different origin of seed photons contributing to the inverse-Compton scattering, including nuclear jet radiation as well as ambient, stellar and circumstellar emission of the host galaxies. We discuss how future detections or non-detections of the evaluated gamma-ray fluxes can provide constraints on the unknown large scale jet parameters, i.e. the magnetic field intensity and the jet Doppler factor. For the nearby sources Centaurus A and M 87, we find measurable fluxes of TeV photons resulting from synchrotron self-Compton process and from comptonisation of the galactic photon fields, respectively. In the case of Centaurus A, we also find a relatively strong emission component due to comptonisation of the nuclear blazar photons, which could be easily observed by GLAST at energy ~10 GeV, providing important test for the unification of FR I sources with BL Lac objects.

Category: Physics