The Innermost Regions of Relativistic Jets and Their Magnetic Fields. Granada (Spain). June 10th-14th, 2013.

Aller, Margo

Constraints on Blazar Jet Conditions During Gamma-Ray Flaring from Radiative Transfer Modeling.


Author list: M. F. Aller, P. A. Hughes, H. D. Aller, T. Hovatta


As part of a program to investigate jet flow conditions during GeV gamma-ray flares detected by Fermi, we are using UMRAO multi-frequency, centimeter-band total flux density and linear polarization monitoring observations to constrain radiative transfer models incorporating propagating shocks orientated at an arbitrary angle to the flow direction. We describe the characteristics of the model, illustrate how the data are used to constrain the models, and present results for three program sources with diverse characteristics: PKS 0420-014, OJ 287, and 1156+295. The modeling of the observed spectral behavior yields information on the sense, strength and orientation of the shock(s) producing the radio-band flaring; on the energy distribution of the radiating particles; and on the observer's viewing angle with respect to the jet independent of VLBI data. We present evidence that, while a random component dominates the jet magnetic field, a distinguishing feature of those radio events with an associated gamma-ray flare is the presence of a weak but non-negligible ordered magnetic field component along the jet axis.

This work was supported in part by NASA Fermi GI grants NNX09AU16G, NNX10AP16G, and NNX11AO13G.