Jet-Environment Interactions as Diagnostics of Jet Physics

Type Journal Article
Names Sebastian Heinz
Publication Space Science Reviews
Pages 97
Journal Abbreviation Space Science Reviews
Date November 1, 2013
DOI 10.1007/s11214-013-0016-4
ISSN 0038-6308
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Abstract In this chapter, we will explore the interaction of jets with their environments. Jets can transport a sizable fraction of accretion energy away from black holes and neutron stars. Because they are collimated, they can travel to distances far beyond the gravitational sphere of influence of the black hole. Yet, their interaction with the interstellar and intergalactic medium must eventually halt their advance and dissipate the energy they carry. The termination of the jet, and the inflation of large scale cavities of relativistic plasma offers one of the most powerful ways to constrain the physics of jets. In this chapter, we will review the inflation of radio lobes, the propagation of hot spots, the creation of shells and cavities, and the bending of jet by proper motion through their environment, both in the context of AGN jets and microquasars.
Tags Black holes, accretion, interstellar medium, jets
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