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Paper: Variability, Brightness Temperatures, Superluminal Motion, Doppler Boosting, and Related Issues
Volume: 300, Radio Astronomy at the Fringe
Page: 185
Authors: Kellermann, K.I.
Abstract: We review the observations of rapid flux density variations in compact radio sources, and discuss the inverse Compton limit to the maximum brightness temperature of incoherent synchrotron sources in comparison with recent VLBA observations. The apparent agreement of the theoretical brightness temperature limit due to inverse Compton cooling and the brightness temperatures observed by early VLBI observations appears to have been fortuitous. VLBA observations have greatly improved the quality of the data, but many of the early issues remain unresolved.
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