PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 329 - International Conference on Black Holes as Cosmic Batteries: UHECRs and Multimessenger Astronomy (BHCB2018) - Main session
A Cosmic Battery in accretion flows around astrophysical black holes
I. Contopoulos
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Pre-published on: May 13, 2019
Published on: May 21, 2019
We present our view of the immediate environment of an astrophysical black hole. We discuss the origin of the electron-positron and electron-proton jet components, and the origin of the large-scale magnetic field. We show how the aberrated radiation field viewed by the rotating plasma generates an azimuthal induction electric field, and how the curl of this electric field steadily grows the magnetic field to equipartition over a few hundred million dynamical times. That timescale corresponds to weeks for stellar mass black holes, and million years for super-massive black holes. We conclude with numerical and observational confirmation of the action of a Cosmic Battery in accretion flows around astrophysical black holes.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.329.0012
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