Episodic jets from black holes and protostars

Rachid Ouyed, Ralph E. Pudritz, James McLellan Stone

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Abstract

Energetic, highly collimated, episodic jets are observed in active galactic nuclei, binary stellar systems harbouring a black hole or white dwarf, and in association with stars in the process of formation. The common feature of these systems is that gas is fed onto the central object through an accretion disk. Time-dependent magnetohydrodynamical simulations show that magnetic fields anchored in the accretion disk can accelerate and collimate outflows into jets. For certain magnetic field configurations, episodic knots within the jet are produced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-414
Number of pages6
JournalNature
Volume385
Issue number6615
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 30 1997

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