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Seminar: Sera Markoff, Universiteit van Amsterdam

When:Tu 10-05-2011 at 11:00
Where:KVI Conference room
Title: David vs. Goliath: exploiting the black hole mass scale to constrain jet physics



Correlations between the radio and X-ray bands in the hard state of black hole X-ray binaries have led to the discovery of the so-called Fundamental Plane (FP) of black hole accretion, linking accretion-driven radiative output to black hole mass. After a brief summary of the FP phenomenology, drivers and implications, I will focus on how we can exploit this mass scaling to learn more about the relationship between accretion inflow and jets near their launch point in black holes.  In particular I will discuss some ideas about connecting conditions very close to the black hole to the development of structures further out in the jets that could lead to shocks and particle acceleration.

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