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Investigating accretion disk – radio jet coupling across the stellar mass scale

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 February 2011

James C. A. Miller-Jones
Affiliation:
ICRAR - Curtin University of Technology, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, Australia email: james.miller-jones@curtin.edu.au
Gregory R. Sivakoff
Affiliation:
Department of Astronomy, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400325, Charlottesville, VA 22904, USA email: grs8g@virginia.edu, sarazin@virginia.edu
Diego Altamirano
Affiliation:
Astronomical Institute ‘Anton Pannekoek’, University of Amsterdam, P.O. Box 94249, 1090 GE Amsterdam, the Netherlands email: d.altamirano@uva.nl, s.b.markoff@uva.nl, d.m.russell@uva.nl
Elmar G. Körding
Affiliation:
Université Paris Diderot and Service d'Astrophysique, UMR AIM, CEA Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France email: elmar@koerding.eu
Hans A. Krimm
Affiliation:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA; and USRA, 10211 Wincopin Circle, Suite 500, Columbia, MD 21044, USA email: hans.krimm@nasa.gov
Dipankar Maitra
Affiliation:
Department of Astronomy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA email: dmaitra@umich.edu
Ron A. Remillard
Affiliation:
MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, Building 37, 70 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA email: rr@space.mit.edu
David M. Russell
Affiliation:
Astronomical Institute ‘Anton Pannekoek’, University of Amsterdam, P.O. Box 94249, 1090 GE Amsterdam, the Netherlands email: d.altamirano@uva.nl, s.b.markoff@uva.nl, d.m.russell@uva.nl
Valeriu Tudose
Affiliation:
Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, Oude Hoogeveensedijk 4, 7991 PD Dwingeloo, the Netherlands email: tudose@astron.nl
Vivek Dhawan
Affiliation:
NRAO Domenici Science Operations Center, 1003 Lopezville Road, Socorro, NM 87801, USA email: vdhawan@nrao.edu, mrupen@nrao.edu
Rob P. Fender
Affiliation:
School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK email: r.fender@soton.ac.uk
Sebastian Heinz
Affiliation:
Astronomy Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 475. N. Charter St., Madison, WI 53706, USA email: heinzs@astro.wisc.edu
Sera Markoff
Affiliation:
Astronomical Institute ‘Anton Pannekoek’, University of Amsterdam, P.O. Box 94249, 1090 GE Amsterdam, the Netherlands email: d.altamirano@uva.nl, s.b.markoff@uva.nl, d.m.russell@uva.nl
Simone Migliari
Affiliation:
European Space Astronomy Centre, Apartado/P.O. Box 78, Villanueva de la Canada, E-28691 Madrid, Spain email: simone.migliari@sciops.esa.int
Michael P. Rupen
Affiliation:
NRAO Domenici Science Operations Center, 1003 Lopezville Road, Socorro, NM 87801, USA email: vdhawan@nrao.edu, mrupen@nrao.edu
Craig L. Sarazin
Affiliation:
Department of Astronomy, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400325, Charlottesville, VA 22904, USA email: grs8g@virginia.edu, sarazin@virginia.edu
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Abstract

Relationships between the X-ray and radio behavior of black hole X-ray binaries during outbursts have established a fundamental coupling between the accretion disks and radio jets in these systems. I begin by reviewing the prevailing paradigm for this disk-jet coupling, also highlighting what we know about similarities and differences with neutron star and white dwarf binaries. Until recently, this paradigm had not been directly tested with dedicated high-angular resolution radio imaging over entire outbursts. Moreover, such high-resolution monitoring campaigns had not previously targetted outbursts in which the compact object was either a neutron star or a white dwarf. To address this issue, we have embarked on the Jet Acceleration and Collimation Probe Of Transient X-Ray Binaries (JACPOT XRB) project, which aims to use high angular resolution observations to compare disk-jet coupling across the stellar mass scale, with the goal of probing the importance of the depth of the gravitational potential well, the stellar surface and the stellar magnetic field, on jet formation. Our team has recently concluded its first monitoring series, including (E)VLA, VLBA, X-ray, optical, and near-infrared observations of entire outbursts of the black hole candidate H 1743-322, the neutron star system Aquila X-1, and the white dwarf system SS Cyg. Here I present preliminary results from this work, largely confirming the current paradigm, but highlighting some intriguing new behavior, and suggesting a possible difference in the jet formation process between neutron star and black hole systems.

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