M. van der Klis
- Parsec-scale bipolar X-ray shocks produced by powerful jets from the neutron star Circinus X-1
- Astrophysical Journal Letters
- Volume | Issue number
- 719 | 2
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API)
We report the discovery of multi-scale X-ray jets from the accreting neutron star X-ray binary, Circinus X-1. The bipolar outflows show wide opening angles and are spatially coincident with the radio jets seen in new high-resolution radio images of the region. The morphology of the emission regions suggests that the jets from Circinus X-1 are running into a terminal shock with the interstellar medium, as is seen in powerful radio galaxies. This and other observations indicate that the jets have a wide opening angle, suggesting that the jets are either not very well collimated or precessing. We interpret the spectra from the shocks as cooled synchrotron emission and derive a cooling age of similar to 1600 yr. This allows us to constrain the jet power to be 3 x 10(35) erg s(-1) less than or similar to P-jet less than or similar to 2 x 10(37) erg s(-1), making this one of a few microquasars with a direct measurement of its jet power and the only known microquasar that exhibits stationary large-scale X-ray emission.
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