A4 Article in conference proceedings
Observational View of Magnetic Fields in Active Galactic Nuclei Jets

List of Authors: Hovatta Talvikki
Publication year: 2017
Journal: Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Book title *: New Frontiers in Black Hole Astrophysics
Title of series: IAU Symposia
Number in series: S324
Volume number: 12
Number of pages: 8
ISBN: 978-1-107-16994-4
ISSN: 1743-9213


According to the currently favored picture, relativistic jets in active galactic nuclei (AGN) are launched in the vicinity of the black hole by magnetic fields extracting energy from the spinning black hole or the accretion disk. In the past decades, various models from shocks to magnetic reconnection have been proposed as the energy dissipation mechanism in the jets. This paper presents a short review on how linear polarization observations can be used to constrain the magnetic field structure in the jets of AGN, and how the observations can be used to constrain the various emission models.

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