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

Markoff, Sera

Jets across the black hole mass scale: new insights from X-ray binaries.


Black hole X-ray binaries (BHBs) are fantastic laboratories for studying accretion processes on timescales millions of times shorter than those in supermassive black holes.  During a typical outburst, relativistic jets are launched with both steady flow and discrete ejecta, and then ultimately quenched, over the course of weeks to months.In the process, the system traverses a series of accretion states with enough similarities to AGN classifications to motivate a quantitative comparison.I will discuss the latest results on how BHBs are guiding our ideas about jet launching, dynamics and particle acceleration, also relevant for supermassive black hole systems. Beyond considering the mapping of BHB states to AGN classes, I will also cover some new ideas we are exploring for how to link the accretion inflow conditions to characteristics of the produced outflows.