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Title: External inverse-Compton Emission from Blazar Jets

According to leptonic models for the high-energy emission from blazars, relativistic electrons in the inner jets inverse-Compton scatter photons from a variety of sources. Seed photons are certainly introduced via the synchrotron process from the electrons themselves, but external sources of seed photons may also be present. In this paper, we present detailed derivations of the equations describing external inverse-Compton scattering from two sources of seed photons: direct emission from the accretion disk, and accretion disk photons that have scattered off the broad line region. For each source, we derive the seed photon spectrum incident on the jet, the single electron energy loss rate, and the emitted photon spectrum.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
916979
Report Number(s):
SLAC-PUB-12809
TRN: US0804398
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-76SF00515
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal
Research Org:
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; ACCRETION DISKS; ELECTRONS; PHOTONS; SCATTERING; SEEDS; SYNCHROTRONS Astrophysics,ASTRO