Date

5-2013

Degree Name

BS in Physics

Department

Physics Department

Advisor(s)

Luis C. Reyes

Abstract

Blazars are astronomical objects thought to be powered by the release of gravitational energy by accretion of material into a supermassive black hole located in the central region of the host galaxy. Some AGN present strong relativistic outflows in the form of jets, with blazars being the particular subset whose jets are aligned with our line of sight. Even though blazars account for only a small fraction of all AGN, they are the dominant class source in the high-energy sky. In this thesis we study the spectral energy distribution of Mrk 421, a prototypical blazar. Using publicly available numerical code we consider its emission in the context of a Synchrotron Self-Compton model in order to constrain physical parameters of the source.

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