AAS 206th Meeting, 29 May - 2 June 2005
Session 30 Relativistic Jets
Topical Session, Wednesday, 8:30-10:00am, 10:45am-12:30pm, 2:30-4:00pm, 4:15-6:00pm, June 1, 2005, 102 B

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[30.06] Harassing the Neighbors: A Review of How Jets Interact with Their Environment

S. Heinz (MIT)

Jets can carry enormous amounts of kinetic energy and they are not shy about letting their environment know abut it. The prospect of heating the interstellar and intergalactic gas by firing off jets from growing black holes as a form of feedback to counteract radiative cooling in galaxies and galaxy clusters has recently brought new focus to the subject of jet-environment interactions. I will review our current understanding of this process for classical radio galaxies, launched by big, supermassive black holes, highlighting recent numerical results and how they compare to the available observational constraints. I will also present a preliminary review of the similarities and differences of this process in the case of micro-jets from small, stellar mass black holes in our own galaxy, a topic which is just starting to receive attention.

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