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2001MNRAS.327..739G - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 327, 739-743 (2001/November-1)

Relativistic large-scale jets and minimum power requirements.


Abstract (from CDS):

The recent discovery, by the Chandra satellite, that jets of blazars are strong X-ray emitters at large scales (0.1-1Mpc), lends support to the hypothesis that emitting plasma is still moving at highly relativistic speeds on these scales. In this case in fact the emission via inverse Compton scattering off cosmic background photons is enhanced and the resulting predicted X-ray spectrum accounts well for the otherwise puzzling observations. Here we point out another reason to favour relativistic large-scale jets, based on a minimum power argument: by estimating the Poynting flux and bulk kinetic powers corresponding to, at least, the relativistic particles and magnetic field responsible for the emission, one can derive the value of the bulk Lorentz factor for which the total power is minimized. It is found that both the inner and extended parts of the jet of PKS 0637-752 satisfy such a condition.

Abstract Copyright: The Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): radiative mechanisms: non-thermal - galaxies: active - galaxies: jets

Simbad objects: 1

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