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Floppy Discs: A Recipe for the “Observers’ Dream” Model

  • Michael D. Smith
  • Derek J. Raine
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 121)

Abstract

Compton-heating of a disc’s photosphere by a hard central X-ray source leads to a back-pressure on the disc surface. This pressure dominates low mass disc (LMD) systems, leading to disc asymmetries and, as a result, large asymmetries in the corona/wind in the nuclear environment. Present knowledge of accretion discs (Rees, these proceedings) indicate that LMD systems may exist in radio galaxies. We propose that the environment controls jet visibility, thus producing ‘one-sided’ jet structures. Bridle’s (1984) “Menu for an All-Purpose Source Model” can then be interpreted.

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael D. Smith
    • 1
  • Derek J. Raine
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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