Black Hole Jet


In this paper I analyze the relatavistic jet being emitted from a super-massive black hole in the M87 galaxy using HST observations. A relatvistic jet is a highly energetic stream of matter emitted along the axis of rotation of a compact astrophysical object. While the source of these jets are a matter of debate, the leading hypothesis attributes them to the interaction between hydromagnetic processes and the accretion disk of a rotating object. Using the HST observations I am able to measure a rough value for the superluminal velocity of the M87 jet. Once this superluminal velocity is converted to the true velocity, I am able to calculate the kinetic energy of the jet.

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