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Paper: Probing the Compact Jets of Blazars with Light Curves, Images, and Polarization
Volume: 350, Blazar Variability Workshop II: Entering the GLAST Era
Page: 155
Authors: Marscher, A.P.
Abstract: I review the outstanding questions regarding the nature of relativistic jets as well as the tools available for exploring the rich phenomena observed in blazars. Each technique provides important information, but it is only by combining the methods that we can hope to obtain a complete description of blazar jets. I advocate monitoring a number of blazars comprehensively to obtain detailed multiwaveband light curves to sample changes in the spectral energy distribution, sequences of mm-wave images with resolution ∼ 0.1 milliarcseconds, and polarization at as many frequencies as possible, including those at which imaging is available. Such a program has the potential of allowing us to synthesize multiwaveband emission maps from radio frequencies to α-ray energies.
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