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Mechanical heating in disk-driven winds - Thermal sctructure & observational predictions

D. O'Brien, P. J. V. Garcia, J. Ferreira, S. Cabrit, L. Binette

Following the work of Garcia et al. (2001a) (GFCB), we compute the thermal properties and ionization structure of magnetically-driven disk winds. The original model's dominant heating function along the jet, ambipolar diffusion, is augmented by a mechanical heating term supposed to arise from weak shocks, as used by Shang et al. (2002). We add this mechanical heating function to a cold disk wind model and calculate its effect on the jet as a whole. The temperature and ionization of the flow are calculated in the case of cold jet solutions consistent with the underlying accretion disk (Ferreira, 1997). These solutions are compared to those of (GFCB) in order to quantitatively determine the effect of the mechanical heating on the flow. We then use the computed thermal and ionization structures to calculate jet synthetic observations. We find that the addition of mechanical heating leads to higher electron fractions, in turn leading to increased line fluxes and line ratios approaching observed values.

Astrophysics and Space Science
Volume 287, Page 129
January 2003

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