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Two-component jets from 3-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic jet simulations of disk winds at sub-parsec scales
1 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Macquarie University NSW 2109, Australia
2 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4 Canada
3 Department of Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University, Hamilton ON L8S 4M1, Canada
4 Origins Institute, ABB 241, McMaster University, Hamilton ON L8S 4M1, Canada
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Published online: 9 December 2013
We explore the effect of large scale magnetic field on the formation of two-component jets in magnetohydrodynamic disk winds simulations. Our simulations show a one-component and two-component jets develop depending on the magnetic field distribution along the surface of the accretion disk. Magnetic field configurations with the least steep gradient along the disk lead to a well defined two-component jet with the self-similar (Blandford-Payne) configuration separating the two regimes. Our results have direct implications to jets models of AGN and GRBs if indeed two-component jets emanate directly from the accretion disk. Our findings imply that a three-component jets may exist in AGN jets if one takes into account a Blandford-Znajek component in the innermost, relativistic, regions.
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