The Innermost Regions of Relativistic Jets and Their Magnetic Fields. Granada (Spain). June 10th-14th, 2013.

Hardee, Philip

The Role of Macroscopic & Microscopic Instabilities in Relativistic Jets.


I first review the work done on Kelvin-Helmholtz and Current Driven Instabilities. These macroscopic MHD instabilities may be responsible for observed larger scale jet structures. In addition, I will review the progress made on two-stream and velocity shear plasma instabilities at smaller scales that can lead to magnetic field generation and particle acceleration. Finally, I will examine the role of these different instabilities on jet spatial scales from the central engine out to a few Kpc and when these different instabilities can be important.