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Electromagnetic Models of Compact Radio Sources and Circular Polarisation

Blandford, Roger (2003) Electromagnetic Models of Compact Radio Sources and Circular Polarisation. Astrophysics and Space Science, 288 (1-2). pp. 155-160. ISSN 0004-640X. doi:10.1023/B:ASTR.0000005002.18152.19.

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An electromagnetic model of relativistic jets is outlined. It is suggested that these jets be interpreted as current flows and that they owe their persistence and collimation to the pinching action of the magnetic field. Such structures are unstable and it is suggested that the nonlinear development of these instabilities involves the formation of an electromagnetic turbulence spectrum. This turbulence may be responsible for the acceleration of relativistic electrons and positrons. It may also provide the electromagnetic field in which these electrons and positrons radiate. Some mechanisms through which circular polarisation may be created in this environment are outlined.

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Additional Information:© 2003 Kluwer Academic Publishers. RB would like to thank Rafael Araya-Gochez, Avery Broderick, Maxim Lyutikov, and Andrew MacFadyen for their comments and suggestions. He would like to acknowledge the support of NASA grant NAGW 5-12032.
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NASANAGW 5-12032
Subject Keywords:Black Hole; Radio Source; Circular Polarisation; Electromagnetic Model; Extragalactic Radio Source
Issue or Number:1-2
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Official Citation:Blandford, R. Astrophysics and Space Science (2003) 288: 155.
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ID Code:96219
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:08 Jun 2019 17:40
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