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Volume 482, Number 1, April IV 2008
Page(s) 1 - 8
Section Astrophysical processes
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:200809369
Published online 20 February 2008

A&A 482, 1-8 (2008)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:200809369

A simplified model of jet power from active galactic nuclei

Y. Li, D.-X. Wang, and Z.-M. Gan

Department of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, PR China
    e-mail: dxwang@mail.hust.edu.cn

(Received 9 January 2008 / Accepted 4 February 2008)

Aims. A simplified model of jet power from active galactic nuclei is proposed in which the relationship between jet power and disk luminosity is discussed by combining disk accretion with two mechanisms of extracting energy magnetically from a black hole accretion disk, i.e., the Blandford-Payne (BP) and the Blandford-Znajek (BZ) processes.
Methods. By including the BP process into the conservation laws of mass, angular momentum and energy, we derive the expressions of the BP power and disk luminosity, and the jet power is regarded as the sum of the BZ and BP powers.
Results. We find that the disk radiation flux and luminosity decrease because a fraction of the accretion energy is channelled into the outflow/jet in the BP process. It is found that the dominant cooling mode of the accretion disk is determined mainly by how the poloidal magnetic field decreases with the cylindrical radius of the jet. By using the parameter space we found, which consists of the black hole spin and the self-similar index of the configuration of the poloidal magnetic field frozen in the disk, we were able to compare the relative importance of the following quantities related to the jet production: (1) the BP power versus the disk luminosity, (2) the BP power versus the BZ power, and (3) the jet power versus the disk luminosity. In addition, we fit the jet power and broad-line region luminosity of 11 flat-spectrum radio quasars (FSRQs) and 17 steep-spectrum radio quasars (SSRQs) based on our model.

Key words: accretion, accretion disks

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