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2002ApJ...573L..35C - Astrophys. J., 573, L35-L39 (2002/July-1)

Near-infrared synchrotron emission from the compact jet of GX 339-4.


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We have compiled contemporaneous broadband observations of the black hole candidate X-ray binary GX 339-4 when in the low/hard X-ray state in 1981 and 1997. The data clearly reveal the presence of two spectral components, with thermal and nonthermal spectra, overlapping in the optical-near-infrared bands. The nonthermal component lies on an extrapolation of the radio spectrum of the source, and we interpret it as optically thin synchrotron emission from the powerful, compact jet in the system. Detection of this break from self-absorbed to optically thin synchrotron emission from the jet allows us to place a firm lower limit on the ratio of jet (synchrotron) to X-ray luminosities of ≥5%. We further note that extrapolation of the optically thin synchrotron component from the near-infrared to higher frequencies coincides with the observed X-ray spectrum, supporting models in which the X-rays could originate via optically thin synchrotron emission from the jet (possibly instead of Comptonization).

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Journal keyword(s): Black Hole Physics - ISM: Jets and Outflows - Radiation Mechanisms: Nonthermal - Radio Continuum: Stars - Stars: Individual: Alphanumeric: GX 339-4

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