A model for predicting extragalactic jet lifetimes

DS. Spicer, S. O'sullivan, R. Bingham

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Abstract

In this letter, we propose a model to explain the disintegration of extragalactic jets and to predict the associated timescale. The model assumes that a. jet is current and charge neutral as well as collimated at its source; however, the forward electron current gradually decays producing a. magnetic field transverse to the direction of jet propagation. This growing transverse magnetic field eventually causes the jet to disintegrate.
LanguageEnglish
Pages129-134
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Plasma Physics
Volume76
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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life (durability)
disintegration
magnetic fields
propagation
causes
decay
electrons

Keywords

  • extragalactic
  • jet lifetimes

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Spicer, DS. ; O'sullivan, S. ; Bingham, R. / A model for predicting extragalactic jet lifetimes. In: Journal of Plasma Physics. 2010 ; Vol. 76. pp. 129-134.
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In: Journal of Plasma Physics, Vol. 76, 2010, p. 129-134.

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