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Astrophysical Journal Letters 719 (2010) L130-L133
Degree-scale GeV "Jets" from Active and Dead TeV Blazars
A. Neronov1, D.V. Semikoz2, M. Kachelriess3, S. Ostapchenko3, A. Elyiv4

We show that images of TeV blazars in the GeV energy band should contain, along with point-like sources, degree-scale jet-like extensions. These GeV extensions are the result of electromagnetic cascades initiated by TeV γ-rays interacting with extragalactic background light and the deflection of the cascade electrons/positrons in extragalactic magnetic fields (EGMFs). Using Monte Carlo simulations, we study the spectral and timing properties of the degree-scale extensions in simulated GeV band images of TeV blazars. We show that the brightness profile of such degree-scale extensions can be used to infer the light curve of the primary TeV γ-ray source over the past 107 yr, i.e., over a time scale comparable to the lifetime of the parent active galactic nucleus. This implies that the degree-scale jet-like GeV emission could be detected not only near known active TeV blazars, but also from "TeV blazar remnants," whose central engines were switched off up to 10 million years ago. Since the brightness profile of the GeV "jets" depends on the strength and the structure of the EGMF, their observation provides additional information about the EGMF.
1 :  ISDC - INTEGRAL Science Data Center
2 :  APC - UMR 7164 - AstroParticule et Cosmologie
3 :  NTNU - Institutt for fysikk, NTNU
4 :  MAO - Main Astronomical Observatory
Physique/Astrophysique/Phénomènes cosmiques de haute energie

Planète et Univers/Astrophysique/Phénomènes cosmiques de haute energie
galaxies: active – galaxies: jets – gamma rays: galaxies – methods: numerical
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