Efficient acceleration of relativistic magnetohydrodynamic jets

Kenji Toma, Fumio Takahara

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Relativistic jets in active galactic nuclei, galactic microquasars, and gamma-ray bursts are widely considered to be magnetohydrodynamically driven by black hole accretion systems, although the conversion mechanism from the Poynting into the particle kinetic energy flux is still open. Recent detailed numerical and analytical studies of global structures of steady, axisymmetric magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) flows with specific boundary conditions have not reproduced as rapid an energy conversion as required by observations. In order to find more suitable boundary conditions, we focus on the flow along a poloidal magnetic field line just inside the external boundary, without treating the transfield force balance in detail. We find some examples of the poloidal field structure and corresponding external pressure profile for an efficient and rapid energy conversion as required by observations, and that the rapid acceleration requires a rapid decrease of the external pressure above the accretion disk.We also clarify the differences between the fast magnetosonic point of the MHD flow and the sonic point of the de Laval nozzle.

Original languageEnglish
Article number083E02
JournalProgress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Aug
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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