Evidence for gamma-ray jets in the Milky Way
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CitationSu, Meng, and Douglas P. Finkbeiner. 2012. “Evidence for gamma-ray jets in the Milky Way.” The Astrophysical Journal 753 (1) (June 14): 61. doi:10.1088/0004-637x/753/1/61.
AbstractAlthough accretion onto supermassive black holes in other galaxies is seen to produce powerful jets in X-ray and radio, no convincing detection has ever been made of a kpc-scale jet in the Milky Way. The recently discovered pair of 10 kpc tall gamma-ray bubbles in our Galaxy may be signs of earlier jet activity from the central black hole. In this paper, we identify a gamma-ray cocoon feature in the southern bubble, a jet-like feature along the cocoon's axis of symmetry, and another directly opposite the Galactic center in the north. Both the cocoon and jet-like feature have a hard spectrum with spectral index ~ – 2 from 1 to 100 GeV, with a cocoon total luminosity of (5.5 ± 0.45) × 1035 and luminosity of the jet-like feature of (1.8 ± 0.35) × 1035 erg s–1 at 1-100 GeV. If confirmed, these jets are the first resolved gamma-ray jets ever seen.
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