Understanding blazar jets through their multifrequency emission

Sambruna, Rita M.
June 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 515 Issue 1, p19
Academic Journal
Being dominated by non-thermal (synchrotron and inverse Compton) emission from a relativistic jet, blazars offer important clues to the structure and radiative processes in extragalactic jets. Crucial information is provided by blazars’ spectral energy distributions from radio to gamma-rays (GeV and TeV energies), their trends with bolometric luminosity, and their correlated variability properties. This review is focussed on recent multiwavelength monitorings of confirmed and candidate TeV blazars and the constraints they provide for the radiative properties of the emitting particles. I also present recent observations of the newly discovered class of “blue quasars” and the implications for current blazars’ unification schemes. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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