Magnetic reconnection on jet-accretion disk systems

Elisabete M. De Gouveia Dal Pino, Maria Victoria Del Valle, Luis Kadowaki, Behoruz Khiali, Grzergorz Kowal, Yosuke Mizuno, Chandra B. Singh

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Fast Magnetic Reconnection is currently regarded as an important process also beyond the solar system, specially in magnetically dominated regions of galactic and extragalactic sources like the surrounds of black holes and relativistic jets. In this lecture we discuss briefly the theory of fast magnetic reconnection, specially when driven by turbulence which is very frequent in Astrophysical flows, and its implications for relativistic particle acceleration. Then we discuss these processes in the context of the sources above, showing recent analytical and multidimensional numerical MHD studies that indicate that fast reconnection can be a powerful process to accelerate particles to relativistic velocities, produce the associated high energy non-thermal emission, and account for efficient conversion of magnetic into kinetic energy in these flows.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of Science
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd Frontier Research in Astrophysics, FRAPWS 2016 - Mondello, Italy
Duration: 23 May 201628 May 2016


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