A test of external Compton models for gamma-ray active galactic nuclei.
FAN Z., CAO X. and GU M.
Abstract (from CDS):
There is clear evidence that the γ-ray emission from active galactic nuclei (AGNs) can be attributed to inverse Compton scatterings in the relativistic blobs near the massive black holes. If the soft seed photons are from the regions outside the blobs, a linear relation between (νFν,γ/νFν,synu*)1/(1+α) and the Doppler factor δ is expected, where νFν,γ and νFν,syn are monochromatic γ-ray and synchrotron fluxes, respectively, and u* is the energy density of soft seed photons. We estimate the soft photon energy density in the relativistic blobs contributed by the broad-line regions (BLRs) in these γ-ray AGNs using their broad-line emission data. The Doppler factors δ are derived from their radio core and X-ray emission data, based on the assumption that the X-ray emission is produced through synchrotron self-Compton (SSC) scatterings. We find two nearly linear correlations: (νFν,γ/νFoptu*)1/(1+α)∝δ1.09 and (νFν,γ/νFIRu*)1/(1+α)∝δ1.20, which are roughly consistent with the linear correlation predicted by the theoretical model for external Compton scatterings. Our results imply that the soft seed photons are predominantly from the BLRs in these γ-ray AGNs.
Black Hole Physics - Galaxies: Active - Gamma Rays: Theory - Radiation Mechanisms: Nonthermal