Jets, Disks and Winds from Spinning Black Holes: Nature or Nurture?

Roger Blandford, Noemie Globus

Submitted on 12 July 2022


A brief summary is given of an alternative interpretation of the Event Horizon Telescope observations of the massive black hole in the nucleus of the nearby galaxy M87. It is proposed that the flow is primarily powered by the black hole rotation, not the release of gravitational energy by the infalling gas. Consequently, the observed millimetre emission is produced by an "ergomagnetosphere" that connects the black hole horizon to an "ejection disk" from which most of the gas supplied at a remote "magnetopause" is lost through a magnetocentrifugal wind. It is argued that the boundary conditions at high latitude on the magnetopause play a crucial role in the collimation of the relativistic jets. The application of these ideas to other types of source is briefly discussed.


Comment: 9 pages, 1 figure, submitted to MDPI

Subject: Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena