Title

Scale Invariant Jet Suppression Across the Black Hole Mass Scale

Department

Physics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2016

Abstract

We provide a schematic framework for understanding observations of jet suppression in soft state black hole X-ray binaries based on the Blandford-Payne process and the net magnetic flux threading the black hole. Due to the geometrical thinness of soft state disks, mass-loading of field lines is ineffective compared to both geometrically thick disks as well as thin disks with greater black hole threading flux, a simple physical picture that allows us to understand the weakness of jets in radiatively efficient thin disks accreting in the prograde direction around high-spinning black holes. Despite a simplicity that forbids insights into the complexity of turbulent-driven evolution or the physics of the observed short-term time variability, we show how the breadth of this framework is such that it can serve as a coarse-grained foundation for understanding black hole accretion and jet formation across the mass scale.

Journal

Astrophysics and Space Science

Journal ISSN

0004-640X

Volume

361

Issue

3

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1007/s10509-016-2689-0