Accession Number : AD0664692

Title :   A MECHANISM FOR QUASAR CONTINUUM RADIATION, WITH APPLICATION TO 3C 273B,

Corporate Author : STANFORD UNIV CALIF INST FOR PLASMA RESEARCH

Personal Author(s) : Sturrock,P. A. ; Feldman,P. A.

Report Date : DEC 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : The mechanism requires a quasar model in which the central object is magnetically coupled to intergalactic space. Intergalactic plasma is accreted and flows inward, attaining supersonic speeds. The kinetic energy of this gas is converted to (relativistic) electron thermal energy at a collision-free shock front. The electron energy is rapidly radiated by the synchrotron process. The quasar 3C 273B is discussed quantitatively, and it is shown that the physical characteristics of the line-emission region and of the meter-wave radio region are consistent with those proposed for the continuum-emission region. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*EXTRATERRESTRIAL RADIO WAVES, SOURCES), GAS IONIZATION, SUPERSONIC FLOW, INTERSTELLAR MATTER, MAGNETIC FIELDS, SHOCK WAVES, GRAVITY, RADIO ASTRONOMY, ELECTRON DENSITY, LINE SPECTRA, MATHEMATICAL MODELS

Subject Categories : Astrophysics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE