Patterns of variability in supercritical hadronic systems

  title={Patterns of variability in supercritical hadronic systems},
  author={Maria Petropoulou and Apostolos Mastichiadis},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
A unique and often overlooked property of a source loaded with relativistic protons is that it can become supercritical, i.e. it can undergo an abrupt transition from a radiatively inefficient to a radiatively efficient state once its proton energy density exceeds a certain threshold. In this paper, we investigate the temporal variability of hadronic systems in this hardly explored regime. We show that there exists a range of proton densities that prevent the system from reaching a steady state… 

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