PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 275 - 4th Annual Conference on High Energy Astrophysics in Southern Africa (HEASA 2016) - X-Ray Binaries II (Chair: A Chen)
Magnetic reconnection and transient phenomena in accretion driven systems
P. Meintjes
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Published on: June 23, 2017
In this presentation I review some aspects of magnetohydrodynamics in astrophysical environments
that can give rise to transient thermal and non-thermal emission. I focus specifically on the
magnetic transport and reconnection in accretion driven systems, especially the role it may play
in the production of transient multi-wavelength emission in these systems. The discussion related
to magnetic reconnection starts with a brief historical overview, after which some of the latest
results are discussed. It is shown that magnetic reconnection can indeed be a serious contender
for the driving mechanism behind the transient burst-like emission in many accretion driven environments,
from galactic to extra-galactic sources.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.275.0032
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