A connection between γ-ray and parsec-scale radio flares in the blazar 3C 273

M.M. Lisakov, Y. Y. Kovalev, T. Savolainen, T. Hovatta, A.M. Kutkin

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Abstract

We present a comprehensive 5-43 GHz VLBA study of the blazar 3C 273 initiated after an onset of a strong $\gamma$-ray flare in this source. We have analyzed the kinematics of new-born components, light curves, and position of the apparent core to pinpoint the location of the $\gamma$-ray emission. Estimated location of the $\gamma$-ray emission zone is close to the jet apex, 2 pc to 7 pc upstream from the observed 7 mm core. This is supported by ejection of a new component. The apparent core position was found to be inversely proportional to frequency. The brightness temperature in the 7 mm core reached values up to at least $10^{13}$ K during the flare. This supports the dominance of particle energy density over that of magnetic field in the 7 mm core. Particle density increased during the radio flare at the apparent jet base, affecting synchrotron opacity. This manifested itself as an apparent core shuttle along the jet during the 7 mm flare. It is also shown that a region where optical depth decreases from $\tau\sim1$ to $\tau
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4478-4493
Number of pages16
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume468
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • techniques
  • interferometric – galaxies
  • jets – quasars
  • individual
  • 3C 273 – gamma-rays
  • galaxies – radio continuum
  • galaxies

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