Polarimetry and the High-Energy Emission Mechanisms in Quasar Jets.

Cara, M, Perlman, ES, Uchiyama, Y, Jester, S, Georganopoulos, M, Cheung, CC, Sambruna, RM, Sparks, WB, Martel, A, O'Dea, CP, Baum, SA, Axon, D, Begelman, M, Worrall, DM, Birkinshaw, M, Urry, CM, Coppi, P and Stawarz, L (2010) Polarimetry and the High-Energy Emission Mechanisms in Quasar Jets. In: MONSTER'S FIERY BREATH: FEEDBACK IN GALAXIES, GROUPS, AND CLUSTERS, 1-5 June 2009., Madison, WI..

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Abstract

The emission mechanisms in extragalactic jets include synchrotron and various inverse-Compton processes. At low (radio through infrared) energies, it is widely agreed that synchrotron emission dominates in both low-power (FR I) and high-power (FR II and quasar) jets, because of the power-law nature of the spectra observed and high polarizations. However, at higher energies, the emission mechanism for high-power jets at kpc scales is hotly debated. Two mechanisms have been proposed: either inverse-Compton of cosmic microwave background photons or synchrotron emission from a second, high-energy population of electrons. Here we discuss optical polarimetry as a method for diagnosing the mechanism for the high-energy emission in quasar jets, as well as revealing the jet's three-dimensional energetic and magnetic field structure. We then discuss high-energy emission mechanisms for powerful jets in the light of the HST polarimetry of PKS 1136-135.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published in: THE MONSTER'S FIERY BREATH: FEEDBACK IN GALAXIES, GROUPS, AND CLUSTERS. AIP Conference Proceedings, Volume 1201, pp. 162-165 (2009).
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
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Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:26
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2012 10:50
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25947
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