Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope

Constrain jet parameters for gamma-ray-loud AGNs

Liang Chen


Based on broadband spectral energy distributions (SEDs), we estimate the jet physical parameters of 1392 gamma-ray-loud active galactic nuclei (AGNs), the largest sample so far. The (SED) jet power and magnetization parameter are derived for these AGNs. Out of these sources, the accretion disk luminosity of 232 sources and (extended) kinetic jet powers of 159 sources are compiled from archived papers. We find the following. (1) Flat-spectrum radio quasars (FSRQs) and BL Lacs are well separated by {{Gamma }}=-0.127{log}{L}gamma +8.18 in the gamma-ray luminosity versus photon index plane with a success rate of 88.6%. (2) Most FSRQs present a (SED) jet power larger than the accretion power, which suggests that the relativistic jet-launching mechanism is dominated by the Blandford-Znajek process. This result confirms previous findings. (3) There is a significant anticorrelation between jet magnetization and a ratio of the (SED) jet power to the (extended) kinetic jet power, which, for the first time, provides supporting evidence for the jet energy transportation theory: a high-magnetization jet may more easily transport energy to a large scale than a low-magnetization jet.