Time-independent inverse compton spectrum for photons from a plasma cloud of finite extent

  • J.A Obu
  • E.J Uwah
Keywords: Inverse Compton scattering, Plasma cloud, Kompaneets Equation, Optical depth

Abstract

The general theoretical aspects of inverse Compton scattering was investigated and an equation for the timeindependent inverse Compton spectrum for photons from a plasma cloud of finite extent was derived. This was done by convolving the Kompaneets equation used for describing the evolution of the photon spectrum from a plasma cloud of infinite extent and the distribution of photons over escape time. By looking for a power law solution to the equation so derived, was revealed that the spectrum produced by inverse Compton scattering depend only on the electron temperature and optical depth.
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