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2006ApJ...653L...5G - Astrophys. J., 653, L5-L8 (2006/December-2)

Quasar X-ray jets: gamma-ray diagnostics of the synchrotron and inverse Compton hypotheses: the case of 3C 273.


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The process responsible for the Chandra-detected X-ray emission from the large-scale jets of powerful quasars is a matter of ongoing debate. The two main contenders are external Compton scattering off the cosmic microwave background photons (EC/CMB) and synchrotron emission from a population of electrons separate from those producing the radio-IR emission. So far, no clear diagnostics have been presented to distinguish which of the two, if any, is the actual X-ray emission mechanism. Here we present such diagnostics based on a fundamental difference between these two models: the production of synchrotron X-rays requires multi-TeV electrons, while the EC/CMB model requires a cutoff in the electron energy distribution below TeV energies. This has significant implications for the γ-ray emission predicted by these two models, which can be tested through GeV and TeV observations of the nearby bright quasar 3C 273. We show how existing and future GeV and TeV observations can confirm or refute one or both of the above hypotheses.

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Journal keyword(s): Galaxies: Active - Galaxies: Quasars: General - Galaxies: Quasars: Individual: Alphanumeric: 3C 273 - Radiation Mechanisms: Nonthermal - X-Rays: Galaxies

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