Volume 450, Number 3, May II 2006
|Page(s)||887 - 898|
|Published online||19 April 2006|
The role of kink instability in Poynting-flux dominated jets
Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics, Box 1317, 85741 Garching, Germany e-mail: email@example.com
Accepted: 2 January 2006
The role of kink instability in magnetically driven jets is explored through numerical one-dimensional steady relativistic MHD calculations. The instability is shown to have enough time to grow and influence the dynamics of Poynting-flux dominated jets. In the case of AGN jets, the flow becomes kinetic flux dominated at distances because of the rapid dissipation of Poynting flux. When applied to GRB outflows, the model predicts more gradual Poynting dissipation and moderately magnetized flow at distances of ~1016 cm where the deceleration of the ejecta due to interaction with the external medium is expected. The energy released by the instability can power the compact “blazar zone” emission and the prompt emission of GRB outflows with high radiative efficiencies.
Key words: magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) / instabilities / gamma rays: bursts / quasars: general
© ESO, 2006
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