Journal Article

Modelling TeV γ-ray emission from the kiloparsec-scale jets of Centaurus A and M87

M. J. Hardcastle and J. H. Croston

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 415, issue 1, pages 133-142
Published in print July 2011 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online July 2011 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2011.18678.x
Modelling TeV γ-ray emission from the kiloparsec-scale jets of Centaurus A and M87

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The widespread detection of synchrotron X-ray emission from the jets of low-power, nearby radio galaxies implies the presence of electrons at and above TeV energies. In this paper we explore the possibility that the TeV γ-rays detected from the radio galaxies Cen A and M87, which both have bright, well-studied X-ray jets, are produced at least in part by inverse-Compton scattering of various photon fields by the high-energy electrons responsible for the synchrotron X-rays on kiloparsec scales. We describe a new numerical code that we have developed to carry out inverse-Compton calculations taking account of all the relevant physics and using detailed models of the jets and the photon fields in which they are embedded, and show that existing constraints on the very high energy γ-ray fluxes of these two objects already place significant constraints on the magnetic field strengths in the jet in Cen A. Finally, we discuss the prospects for constraints on radio galaxy jet physics that may be obtained from observations with the Cerenkov Telescope Array.

Keywords: radiation mechanisms: non-thermal; galaxies: active; gamma-rays: galaxies

Journal Article.  8505 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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