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Relativistic Particles and Gamma-Rays in Quasars and Active Galactic Nuclei

  • R. J. Protheroe
  • D. Kazanas
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 107)

Abstract

A model for a class of quasars and active galactic nuclei is described in which a shock around a massive black hole randomizes the infall kinetic energy of spherically accreting matter producing a non-thermal spectrum of high energy protons. These protons may be responsible for the secondary production (via π±decay) of the radio emitting high energy electrons and also of high energy yrays (via π° decay and inverse Compton interactions of the electrons). The correlation between radio and γ-ray emission implied by the model is in good agreement with observations of 3C273. Observation of the flux of high energy neutrinos from quasars may provide a test for the model.

Keywords

Pair Production Active Galactic Nucleus Relativistic Particle Massive Black Hole Production Spectrum 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. J. Protheroe
    • 1
    • 2
  • D. Kazanas
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory for High Energy AstrophysicsNASA/Goddard Space Flight CenterUSA
  2. 2.University of MarylandUSA

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