Large-scale X-ray jets from Galactic black holes

P. Kaaret, S. Corbel, J. A. Tomsick, Y. Butt, R. P. Fender, J. Lazendic, J. M. Miller, J. A. Orosz, A. K. Tzioumis, Rudy Wijnands

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Observations of jets from stellar-mass sources located in our Galaxy offer a unique opportunity to study the dynamical evolution of relativistic jets on time scales inaccessible for active galactic nuclei jets, with implications for our understanding of the dynamics and energetics of relativistic jets from Galactic x-ray binaries and active galactic nuclei. We review recent observations of X-ray jets from Galactic black hole candidates. Spatially resolved X-ray spectra from SS 433 have provided evidence for re-heating in a, hadronic jet and may offer an observational probe of jet collimation. A large-scale jet from the now quiescent transient 4U 1755-33 appears to indicate continual jet formation over a period of 10-30 years. Detection of a jet from XTE J1550-564 has provided the first direct measurement of gradual deceleration of a, jet from a, black hole and strong evidence for the re-energization of jet particles to energies up to 10 TeV at sites far from the jet origin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-362
Number of pages9
JournalNuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004

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