Jet-gas interactions at crucial jet power for feedback

Diana M Worrall, Mark Birkinshaw

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)


Most X-ray studies of radio-mode feedback have concentrated on locally-abundant low-power radio sources in relatively rich cluster environments. But the scaling found between mechanical and radiative power, when combined with the radio luminosity function, means that half of the heating in the local Universe is expected from higher-power sources, which lie within a factor of about three of the FRI/II transition, and these sources encounter a wide range of atmosphere properties. We summarize what is observed at FRI/II transition powers from a complete sample observed with modest Chandra exposure times. We then discuss two systems with deep Chandra data. In one we find that the work done in driving shocks exceeds that in evacuating cavities. This source also displays a remarkable jet-cloud interaction, and revealing hotspot X-ray emission. In the second we find evidence of radio-emitting plasma running along boundaries between gas of different temperature, apparently lubricating the gas flows and inhibiting heat transfer, and itself being heavily structured by the process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-265
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue numberSymposium S313
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014

Bibliographical note

Conference proceeding: Symposium S313 (Extragalactic jets from every angle)
Published online: 24/03/2015


  • galaxies: active
  • galaxies: jets
  • radio continuum: galaxies
  • X-rays: galaxies: clusters


Dive into the research topics of 'Jet-gas interactions at crucial jet power for feedback'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this