Why are x-ray and radio sources linked?
You hear about it all of the time, in relation to neutron stars, accreting black holes, fast radio bursts, etc. Some astronomical object of immense power is producing x-rays and gamma rays, but they are also producing a lot of radio waves. Since x-rays, gamma rays are at the opposite end of the energy spectrum as radio, why do you often see these objects in the radio frequencies?
- 1 week ago
It just means the source is emitting electromagnetic radiation across the entire spectrum, including light.
x rays and gamma rays are essentially the same thing but they originate in different ways. Gamma radiation comes from transitions in nuclear matter, whereas x rays come from sources external to the nucleus. Radio frequencies are generally produced from accelerating electrons.
- CarolOklaNolaLv 71 week ago
Because they radiate across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. The x- rays come from the magnetic poles.
- busterwasmycatLv 71 week ago
they also tend to emit visible light. the spectrum is large and radio waves are just the lower energy equivalents of the higher energy phenomena we label as gamma and x-ray. There is no absence of lower energy emissions simply because some of the emissions are higher. Any higher energy source will also emit lower energy, but not all sources of low energy emissions can produce the higher energy ones. From zero to maximum, not maximum and no less.