Volume 419, Number 2, May IV 2004
|Page(s)||L9 - L12|
|Published online||03 May 2004|
Letter to the Editor
A possible feature of thermal matter in relativistic jets of radio-loud quasars
Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Abt. Astronomie, Universität Tübingen, Sand 1, 72076 Tübingen, Germany
2 Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, Institute of High Energy Physics, CAS, Beijing 100039, PR China
3 Alexander von Humboldt Fellow
4 INTEGRAL Science Data Center, Chemin d'Ecogia 16, 1290 Versoix, Switzerland
5 Geneva Observatory, 51 ch. des Maillettes, 1290 Sauverny, Switzerland
Corresponding author: J.-M. Wang, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 4 April 2004
It has been suggested that relativistic jets in quasars may contain a considerable amount of thermal matter. In this paper, we explore the possibility that the Kα line from the thermal matter may appear at tens of keV due to a high Doppler blue-shift. In the jet comoving frame, the energy density of photons originally emitted by the accretion disk and reflected off the broad line region clouds dominates over that of photons of other origin. We discuss the photoionization states of the thermal matter and find that the irons elements are neutral. The high metallicity in quasars enhances the possibility to detect the thermal matter in the relativistic jet in some radio-loud quasars. A highly Doppler blue-shifted Kα line may be detected. We make a prediction for 3C 273, in which the Kα line luminosity might be of the order with an equivalent width of 2.4 keV. Such a line could be detected in a future mission.
Key words: galaxy: radio galaxies: active / quasars / individual: 3C 273
© ESO, 2004
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