Charge-starved, Relativistic Jets and Blazar Variability

  title={Charge-starved, Relativistic Jets and Blazar Variability},
  author={J. G. Kirk and Iwona Mochol},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
High energy emission from blazars is thought to arise in a relativistic jet launched by a supermassive black hole. The emission site must be far from the hole and the jet relativistic, in order to avoid absorption of the photons. In extreme cases, rapid variability of the emission suggests that structures of length scale smaller than the gravitational radius of the central black hole are imprinted on the jet as it is launched and modulate the radiation released after it has been accelerated to… 

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