Astrophys. J., 765, 62 (2013/March-1)
Constraining jet production scenarios by studies of narrow-line radio galaxies.
SIKORA M., STASINSKA G., KOZIEL-WIERZBOWSKA D., MADEJSKI G.M. and ASARI N.V.
Abstract (from CDS):
We study a large sample of narrow-line radio galaxies (NLRGs) with extended radio structures. Using 1.4 GHz radio luminosities L1.4, narrow optical emission line luminosities L[OIII] and LHalpha, as well as black hole masses MBH derived from stellar velocity dispersions measured from the optical spectra obtained with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, we find that (1) NLRGs cover about four decades of the Eddington ratio, λ ≡ Lbol/L Edd∝Lline/MBH; (2) L1.4/MBH strongly correlates with λ; and (3) radio loudness, R ≡L1.4/ LLine, strongly anti-correlates with λ. A very broad range of the Eddington ratio indicates that the parent population of NLRGs includes both radio-loud quasars (RLQs) and broad-line radio galaxies (BLRGs). The correlations they obey and their high jet production efficiencies favor a jet production model which involves the so-called magnetically choked accretion scenario. In this model, production of the jet is dominated by the Blandford-Znajek mechanism, and the magnetic fields in the vicinity of the central black hole are confined by the ram pressure of the accretion flow. Since large net magnetic flux accumulated in central regions of the accretion flow required by the model can take place only via geometrically thick accretion, we speculate that the massive, "cold" accretion events associated with luminous emission-line active galactic nucleus can be accompanied by an efficient jet production only if preceded by a hot, very sub-Eddington accretion phase.
accretion, accretion disks - galaxies: jets - magnetic fields
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