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Astron. Astrophys. 344, 61-67 (1999)

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Beaming and precession in the inner jet of 3C 273

Z. Abraham 1 and G.E. Romero *  1,2,3

1 Instituto Astronômico e Geofísico, Universidade de São Paulo, Av. M. Stefano 4200, CEP 04301-904 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
2 Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía, C.C.5, (1894) Villa Elisa, Bs. As., Argentina
3 Departamento de Física, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, C.C. 67, (1900) La Plata, Argentina

Received 22 September 1998 / Accepted 21 December 1998


We have investigated the effects of precession in the inner jet of 3C 273 on its beaming properties and high energy emission. We have used all available VLBI data to determine the kinematic evolution of the jet. The position angles, velocities and formation epochs of different superluminal components are consistent with a precessing inner jet. The time-dependence of the Doppler factor for this jet was computed and the implications for the [FORMULA]-ray emission are discussed. Additionally, the model, when considered along with simultaneous radio and X-ray variability observations, provides an upper bound to the possible values of the Hubble constant ([FORMULA] km s-1 Mpc-1).

Key words: galaxies: jets – galaxies: quasars: individual: 3C 273 – gamma rays: theory – radio continuum: galaxies

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Online publication: March 10, 1999