AffiliationUniv Arizona, Dept Phys
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PublisherAMER PHYSICAL SOC
CitationNear-horizon Kerr magnetosphere 2016, 93 (10) Physical Review D
JournalPhysical Review D
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AbstractWe exploit the near-horizon conformal symmetry of rapidly spinning black holes to determine universal properties of their magnetospheres. Analytic expressions are derived for the limiting form of the magnetosphere in the near-horizon region. The symmetry is shown to imply that the black hole Meissner effect holds for free Maxwell fields but is generically violated for force-free fields. We further show that in the extremal limit, near-horizon plasma particles are infinitely boosted relative to accretion flow. Active galactic nuclei powered by rapidly spinning black holes are therefore natural sites for high-energy particle collisions.
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SponsorsNational Science Foundation [1205550, 1506027]