The average amplitude of variability of BL Lac objects is larger at higher frequencies, and the spectra in the X-ray range show a hardening with increasing intensity. This is shown to be a natural consequence of the relativistic jet model proposed by Ghisellini et al. (1985), where higher frequencies are produced nearer to the jet core. Time-dependent properties are computed assuming that a perturbation travels at fixed speed down the jet, producing enhancements of constant amplitude of the relativistic particle density and of the magnetic field, in a slab of self-similar cone geometry. The time-dependent spectral intensities due to synchrotron radiation and first-order Compton scattering are computed numerically, and approximate analytic formulae are given. The evolution of the spectral shape with time and the light curves at fixed frequencies are presented and discussed in detail.
|Titolo:||A model for the spectral variability of BL Lac objects at high frequencies|
|Autori:||Celotti A; Maraschi L.; Treves A.|
|Rivista:||THE ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1991|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1086/170370|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|