We present results from Chandra X-ray imaging and spectroscopy of a flux-limited sample of flat-spectrum radio-emitting quasars with jetlike extended structure. Twelve of 20 quasar jets are detected in 5 ks ACIS-S exposures. The quasars without X-ray jets are not significantly different from those in the sample with detected jets except that the extended radio emission is generally fainter. New radio maps are combined with the X-ray images in order to elucidate the relation between radio and X-ray emission in spatially resolved structures. We find a variety of morphologies, including long straight jets and bends up to 90°. All X-ray jets are one-sided although the radio images used for source selection often show lobes opposite the X-ray jets. The FR II X-ray jets can all be interpreted as inverse Compton scattering of cosmic microwave background photons by electrons in large-scale relativistic jets although deeper observations are required to test this interpretation in detail. Applying this interpretation to the jets as a population, we find that the jets would be aligned to within 30° of the line of sight generally, assuming that the bulk Lorentz factor of the jets is 10.
- Galaxies: Active
- Galaxies: Quasars: General