Astrophys. J., Suppl. Ser., 265, 8 (2023/March-0)
Offsets between X-Ray and Radio Components in X-Ray Jets: The AtlasX.
REDDY K., GEORGANOPOULOS M., MEYER E.T., KEENAN M. and KOLLMANN K.E.
Abstract (from CDS):
The X-ray emission mechanism of powerful extragalactic jets-which has important implications for their environmental impacts-is poorly understood. The X-ray/radio positional offsets in the individual features of jets provide important clues. Extending previous work in Reddy et al., we present a detailed comparison between X-ray maps, deconvolved using the Low-count Image Reconstruction and Analysis tool, and radio maps of 164 components from 77 Chandra-detected X-ray jets. We detect 94 offsets (57%), with 58 new detections. In FR II-type jet knots, the X-rays peak and decay before the radio in about half the cases, disagreeing with the predictions of one-zone models. While a similar number of knots lack statistically significant offsets, we argue that projection and distance effects result in offsets below the detection level. Similar deprojected offsets imply that X-rays could be more compact than radio for most knots, and we qualitatively reproduce this finding with a “moving-knot” model. The bulk Lorentz factor (Γ) derived for knots under this model is consistent with previous radio-based estimates, suggesting that kiloparsec-scale jets are only mildly relativistic. An analysis of the X-ray/radio flux ratio distributions does not support the commonly invoked mechanism of X-ray production from inverse Compton scattering of the cosmic microwave background, but does show a marginally significant trend of declining flux ratio as a function of the distance from the core. Our results imply the need for multi-zone models to explain the X-ray emission from powerful jets. We provide an interactive list of our X-ray jet sample at http://astro.umbc.edu/Atlas-X.
© 2023. The Author(s). Published by the American Astronomical Society.
Active galactic nuclei - Radio jets - Relativistic jets - Astrostatistics - High energy astrophysics
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