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Paper: What Can We Learn about Extragalactic Radio Jets from X-Ray Data?
Volume: 300, Radio Astronomy at the Fringe
Page: 151
Authors: Harris, D.E.
Abstract: We review the current status of resolved X-ray emission associated with extragalactic radio jets and hot-spots. The primary question for any particular jet is to decide if the X-rays come from the synchrotron process or from inverse Compton scattering. There is considerable evidence supporting synchrotron emission for knots in the jets of FRI galaxies. For FRII terminal hot-spots detected in the X-ray band, synchrotron self-Compton emission continues to provide viable models with one possible exception (so far). Inverse Compton scattering on photons of the cosmic microwave background is indicated for a few powerful jets, and is expected to be an important contributor if not the dominating mechanism for higher redshift objects. The application of a model generally yields physical parameters and in many cases, these include the Doppler boosting factor.
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