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Blazar Insanity
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Rock - Rock General
Charts #13 in subgenre today (peak #2)
Previous peak charts position #20
Alan Marscher
2016 by Alan Marscher
June 11, 2016
MP3 3.5 MB
160 kbps bitrate
3:05 minutes
Story behind the song
Expression of frustration by an astrophysicist who struggles to figure out the enigmatic blazars
1. Blazars are crazy, so crazy they're driving me insane I identify some patterns, then suddenly those patterns change More data just make it worse, reasonable theories seem to be cursed 2. Blazars' flux varies on time-scales much too short For flares on parsec scales that some observers report It's so hard to figure out why. Can Doppler factors be ultra-high? Bridge: But this leads to total frustration There's not a large enough parent population And what about the seed photons? Gamma-rays need seed photons Unless they're intense on parsec scales My favorite model completely fails 3. Some superluminal knots coincide with gamma-ray flares While others are gamma-ray dim no matter how long Fermi stares Are they missing GeV electrons? Or are there too few seed photons? End: I'm trying to figure it out, we're all trying to figure it out But the blazars are refusing to cooperate Maybe they don’t want us to discover how they operate And it's driving me insane! Causing mental pain But I love them just the same, better wild than too tame 'Cause "blazar" is their name, so variability is their game Still they're driving me insane [3 times]