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Title: SYNCHROTRON LIGHTCURVES OF BLAZARS IN A TIME-DEPENDENT SYNCHROTRON-SELF COMPTON COOLING SCENARIO

Blazars emit non-thermal radiation in all frequency bands from radio to γ-rays. Additionally, they often exhibit rapid flaring events at all frequencies with doubling timescale of the TeV and X-ray flux on the order of minutes, and such rapid flaring events are difficult to explain theoretically. We explore the effect of the synchrotron-self Compton cooling, which is inherently time-dependent, leading to a rapid cooling of the electrons. Having intensively discussed the resulting effects of this cooling scenario on the spectral energy distribution of blazars in previous papers, the effects of the time-dependent approach on the synchrotron lightcurve are investigated here. Taking into account the retardation due to the finite size of the source and the source geometry, we show that the time-dependent synchrotron-self Compton (SSC) cooling still has profound effects on the lightcurve compared to the usual linear (synchrotron and external Compton) cooling terms. This is most obvious if the SSC cooling takes longer than the light crossing timescale. Then, in most frequency bands, the variability timescale is up to an order of magnitude shorter than under linear cooling conditions. This is yet another strong indication that the time-dependent approach should be taken into account for modeling blazar flares frommore » compact emission regions.« less
Authors:
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  1. Institut für Theoretische Physik, Lehrstuhl IV: Weltraum- und Astrophysik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, D-44780 Bochum (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22270611
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 777; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ASTRONOMY; ASTROPHYSICS; BL LACERTAE OBJECTS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; ELECTRONS; ENERGY SPECTRA; QUASARS; RELATIVISTIC RANGE; TEV RANGE; THERMAL RADIATION; TIME DEPENDENCE; VISIBLE RADIATION; X RADIATION