The connection between gamma-ray emission and millimeter flares inFermi/LAT blazars

J. León-Tavares, E. Valtaoja, M. Tornikoski, A. Lähteenmäki, E. Nieppola
2011 Astronomy and Astrophysics  
We compare the gamma-ray photon flux variability of northern blazars in the Fermi/LAT First Source Catalog with 37 GHz radio flux density curves from the Metsahovi quasar monitoring program. We find that the relationship between simultaneous millimeter (mm) flux density and gamma-ray photon flux is different for different types of blazars. The flux relation between the two bands is positively correlated for quasars and does not exist for BLLacs. Furthermore, we find that the levels of gamma-ray
more » ... levels of gamma-ray emission in high states depend on the phase of the high frequency radio flare, with the brightest gamma-ray events coinciding with the initial stages of a mm flare. The mean observed delay from the beginning of a mm flare to the peak of the gamma-ray emission is about 70 days, which places the average location of the gamma-ray production at or downstream of the radio core. We discuss alternative scenarios for the production of gamma-rays at distances of parsecs along the length the jet.
doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201116664 fatcat:yjkwnk7lrfcprdcogj5ahkw5my