Secondary electron production and the millimeter to gamma-ray continuum of emission-line quasi-stellar objects

Thomas W Jones, W. A. Stein

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Abstract

A model is outlined to explain the multifrequency continua of active galactic nucleus (AGN) and QSOs based on synchrotron and Compton emission of secondary electrons. 3C 273 is used as a particular guide for observational constraints since it is so well observed from radio to γ-ray photon energies. In this model the large blue bump and blue bump Compton components arise in the innermost region (R < 1016 cm) near a supermassive compact object with strong magnetic field B ∼ 104 Gauss. Infrared synchrotron emission and infrared Compton components arise in the low-field region (R ∼ 1-10 pc) with B ∼ 10-1 Gauss. The model results in bumps, wiggles, and inflections in the multifrequency continuum that correspond to those observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-448
Number of pages6
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume349
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 1990

Keywords

  • Gamma rays
  • Quasars
  • Radiation mechanism
  • Radio sources: general

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