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Author Zheng, T. Y. ♦ Gong, B. P.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY ♦ BLACK HOLES ♦ COOLING TIME ♦ COSMIC RADIO SOURCES ♦ GALAXIES ♦ HOT SPOTS ♦ PRECESSION ♦ QUASARS ♦ VELOCITY ♦ VISIBLE RADIATION ♦ X RADIATION
Abstract Optical and radio observations of the black hole candidate XTE J1752-223 have exhibited a slightly curved motion of the jet components, which is associated with its radio light curve. In addition, observations of the quasar NRAO 150 have revealed a core–jet structure wobbling with a high angular speed. In this paper, the phenomena displayed in these two different sources are interpreted as the precession of a bent jet. In such a scenario, hot spots reproduced at different separations from the core precess on the same precession cone, in which different components correspond to different propagation times to the observer. By fitting the kinematics of the components of XTE J1752-223 and its light curve with a curved pattern of precession period 314 days, we find that the propagation time can make an earlier event appear later, and the jet axis can oscillate during its precession. Simulating the quasar NRAO 150 with the same scenario reveals that the knots at larger separation from the core precess at a slower speed than those closer in. A possible mechanism relating to the cooling time of a component is proposed. These three new results are of importance in understanding the physics underlying the curved jet as well as the activity of the central engine of different black hole systems.
ISSN 0004637X
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2017-02-01
Publisher Place United States
Journal Astrophysical Journal
Volume Number 835
Issue Number 2


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