- Exploring plasma evolution during Sagittarius A* flares
- Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
- Volume | Issue number
- 9 | S303
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API)
We present a new way of describing the flares occurring from Sgr A* within a single zone with a self-consistent calculation of the particle distribution. The results allow us to give an interpretation to the flaring events generated very close to the supermassive black hole (SMBH) without assuming a specific particle distribution. We conclude that the flare data are more likely generated by a weakly magnetized plasma in which the particles flow in and out as expected from an accretion flow. Such a plasma, with prescription for non-thermal acceleration, injection, escape, and cooling losses, gives a spectrum with a break between the infra-red and the X-ray, allowing a better simultaneous match in the different wavelengths. The parameters favor the non-thermal synchrotron spectrum, and a decrease/increase of the magnetic field and plasma density are not favored for producing the flare event, but particle acceleration must be happening by other means. We show that under certain conditions, the real particle distribution can differ significantly from the standard distributions used in such studies.
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- Proceedings title: The galactic center: feeding and feedback in a normal galactic nucleus: proceedings of the 303rd Symposium
of the International Astronomical Union, held in Santa Fe, NM, USA, September 30-October 4, 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of publication: Cambridge
Editors: L.O. Sjouwerman, C.C. Lang, J. Ott
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