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Session 55 - Galactic Microquasars.
Oral session, Tuesday, January 16
1st Floor, La Villita Assembly Building

[55.03] Physics of Galactic Superluminal Sources

A. Levinson, R. Blandford (Cornell U.)

In this talk the physical conditions within the recently discovered Galactic superluminal sources, GRS 1915+105 and GRO J1655+40, their interaction with their environment, and their possible formation will be examined, contrasting them with their extragalactic counterparts. In particular, the jet content, constraints on particle acceleration in the jets imposed using X-ray and radio observations, the \gamma-ray flux from e^+-e^- jets expected at EGRET energies and the flux in infrared lines from an e-p jet will be discussed. The possibility that these sources may exhibit low frequency radio lobes extending up to several hundred parsecs in size, strong, soft X-ray absorption during the birth of the radio components, and emission line strengths anti- correlated with the X-ray flux will also be considered. Finally, the implications for other X-ray transients will be briefly discussed.

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