A Detailed Kinematic Study of 3C 84 and Its Connection to γ-Rays

Jeffrey A. Hodgson, Bindu Rani, Junghwan Oh, Alan Marscher, Svetlana Jorstad, Yosuke Mizuno, Jongho Park, S. S. Lee, Sascha Trippe, Florent Mertens

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Abstract

3C 84 (NGC 1275) is the bright radio core of the Perseus cluster. Even in the absence of strong relativistic effects, the source has been detected at γ-rays up to TeV energies. Despite its intensive study, the physical processes responsible for the high-energy emission in the source remain unanswered. We present a detailed kinematics study of the source and its connection to γ-ray emission. The subparsec-scale radio structure is dominated by slow-moving features in both the eastern and western lanes of the jet. The jet appears to have accelerated to its maximum speed within less than 125,000 gravitational radii. The fastest reliably detected speed in the jet was ∼0.9c. This leads to a minimum viewing angle to the source of ⪆42 and a maximum Doppler factor of ≲1.5. Our analysis suggests the presence of multiple high-energy sites in the source. If γ-rays are associated with kinematic changes in the jet, they are being produced in both eastern and western lanes in the jet. Three γ-ray flares are contemporaneous with epochs where the slowly moving emission region splits into two subregions. We estimate the significance of these events being associated to be ∼2σ-3σ. We tested our results against theoretical predictions for magnetic-reconnection-induced mini-jets and turbulence and find them compatible.

Original languageEnglish
Article number43
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume914
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 10 Jun 2021

Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

Keywords

  • Gamma-ray astronomy
  • Very long baseline interferometry
  • Wavelet analysis
  • high energy
  • astrophysics

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