Are relativistic jets monoparametric engines?
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Citation of Original PublicationM. Georganopoulos et al., Are relativistic jets monoparametric engines?, Mem. S.A.It. Vol. 82, 192, http://sait.oat.ts.astro.it/MmSAI/82/PDF/192.pdf
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We adopt as a working hypothesis that relativistic jets are essentially monoparametric entities, and that their physical properties are a function of a single physical parameter, the same way the physical properties of main sequence stars are mainly a function of the star mass. We propose that the physical parameter is the jet kinetic power, and we use as a proxy for this quantity the low frequency extended radio luminosity (LFERL), an orientation insensitive quantity. We discuss the consequences of this hypothesis for the collective properties of relativistic jets and we show that a blazar sequence should spontaneously emerge on the peak frequency vs luminosity plot as the locus of those sources that are well aligned to the observer’s line of sight. We also show that the sources of the same LFERL should form tracks that start from a location on the blazar sequence and move to lower luminosities and peak frequencies in a way that encodes information about the emitting plasma energetics and kinematics and velocity gradients, as well as about the inverse Compton (IC) emission seed photons. We are currently working on collecting the observations that will allow us to put this idea to the test.