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Title: The hadronic origin of the hard gamma-ray spectrum from blazar 1ES 1101-232

The very hard γ-ray spectrum from distant blazars challenges the traditional synchrotron self-Compton (SSC) model, which may indicate that there is a contribution from an additional high-energy component beyond the SSC emission. In this paper, we study the possible origin of the hard γ-ray spectrum from distant blazars. We develop a model to explain the hard γ-ray spectrum from blazar 1ES 1101-232. In the model, the optical and X-ray radiation would come from the synchrotron radiation of primary electrons and secondary pairs and the GeV emission would be produced by the SSC process, however, the hard γ-ray spectrum would originate from the decay of neutral pion produced through proton-photon interactions with the synchrotron radiation photons within the jet. Our model can explain the observed spectral energy distribution of 1ES 1101-232 well, especially the very hard γ-ray spectrum. However, our model requires a very large proton power to efficiently produce the γ-ray through proton-photon interactions.
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Yunnan Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Key Laboratory for the Structure and Evolution of Celestial Objects, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 110 Kunming, Yunnan Province 650011 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22351568
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 783; 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; BL LACERTAE OBJECTS; DECAY; EMISSION; ENERGY SPECTRA; GALAXIES; GAMMA SPECTRA; GEV RANGE; PHOTON-PROTON INTERACTIONS; PHOTONS; STARS; SYNCHROTRON RADIATION; X RADIATION