On the origin of rapid flares in TeV blazars

Amir Levinson*

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The rapid variability of the VHE emission reported for some TeV blazars implies Doppler factors well in excess of those inferred from superluminal motions and unification schemes. We propose that those extreme flares may result from radiative deceleration of blobs on scales where local dissipation occurs. The minimum jet power estimated from the resolved synchrotron emission on VLBI scales appears to be consistent with this model. It is shown that if the energy distribution of nonthermal electrons accelerated locally in the blob is reasonably flat, then a background radiation field having a luminosity in the range 1041-1042 ergs s-1 can give rise to a substantial deceleration of the blob, but still be transparent enough to allow the TeV 7-rays thereby produced to escape the system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L29-L32
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 PART 2
StatePublished - 2007


  • Galaxies: active
  • Quasars: general
  • Radiation mechanisms: nonthermal
  • X-rays: galaxies


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