The power of the jets accelerated by the coronal magnetic field [HEAP]

It was suggested that the large scale magnetic field can be dragged inward efficiently by the corona above the disc, i.e., the so called “coronal mechanism” (Beckwith, Hawley, \& Krolik 2009), which provides a way to solve the difficulty of field advection in a geometrically thin accretion disc. In this case, the magnetic pressure should be lower than the gas pressure in the corona. We estimate the maximal power of the jets accelerated by the magnetic field advected by the corona. The Blandford-Payne (BP) jet power is found always to be higher than the Blandford-Znajek (BZ) jet power, except for a rapidly spinning black hole with a>0.8. The maximal jet power is always low, less than 0.05 Eddington luminosity, even for an extreme Kerr black hole, which is insufficient for the observed strong jets in some blazars with jet power $\sim 0.1-1$ Eddington luminosity (or even higher). It implies that these powerful jets cannot be accelerated by the coronal field. We suggest that, the magnetic field dragged inward by the accretion disc with magnetically outflows may accelerate the jets (at least for the most powerful jets, if not all) in the blazars.

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X. Cao
Fri, 13 Oct 17

Comments: 4 pages, accepted by MNRAS