Query : 2006A&A...447..813F

2006A&A...447..813F - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 447, 813-825 (2006/3-1)

A unified accretion-ejection paradigm for black hole X-ray binaries. I. The dynamical constituents.


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We present a new picture for the central regions of Black Hole X-ray Binaries. In our view, these central regions have a multi-flow configuration which consists in (1) an outer standard accretion disc down to a transition radius rJ; (2) an inner magnetized accretion disc below rJ driving (3) a non relativistic self-collimated electron-proton jet surrounding, when adequate conditions for pair creation are met; (4) a ultra relativistic electron-positron beam. This accretion-ejection paradigm provides a simple explanation to the canonical spectral states, from radio to X/γ-rays, by varying the transition radius rJ and disc accretion rate {dot}(m) independently. Large values of rJ correspond to the Quiescent state for low {dot}(m) and the Hard state for larger {dot}(m). These states are characterized by the presence of a steady electron-proton MHD jet emitted by the disc below rJ. The hard X-ray component is expected to form at the jet basis. When rI becomes smaller than the marginally stable orbit ri, the whole disc resembles a standard accretion disc with no jet, characteristic of the Soft state. Intermediate states correspond to situations where rJ>ri. At large {dot}(m), an unsteady pair cascade process is triggered within the jet axis, giving birth to flares and ejection of relativistic pair blobs. This would correspond to the luminous intermediate state, sometimes referred to as the Very High state, with its associated superluminal motions. The variation of rJ independently of {dot}(m) is a necessary ingredient in this picture. It arises from the presence of a large scale vertical magnetic field threading the disc. Features such as possible hysteresis and the presence of quasi-periodic oscillations would naturally fit within this new framework.

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Journal keyword(s): black hole physics - accretion, accretion disks - magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) - ISM: jets and outflows - X-rays: binaries

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Number of rows : 4
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2023
1 LS I +61 303 HXB 02 40 31.6644419688 +61 13 45.593918580 11.27 11.61 10.75 10.19 9.55 B0Ve 830 2
2 NAME Great Annihilator LXB 17 43 54.83 -29 44 42.6           ~ 669 1
3 V* V479 Sct HXB 18 26 15.0561548880 -14 50 54.247274304 12.02 12.23 11.27 11.04   ON6V((f))z 554 2
4 Granat 1915+105 HXB 19 15 11.55576 +10 56 44.9052           ~ 2559 0

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