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Paper: VSOP-2 Observations of Accretion Disks in Active Galactic Nuclei: A Proposal for a Key Science Program
Volume: 402, Approaching Micro-Arcsecond Resolution with VSOP-2: Astrophysics and Technologies
Page: 284
Authors: Doi, A.; VSOP-2 Science Working Group
Abstract: We report the advantages and potentials of VSOP-2 observations for research on accretion disks, and a polished plan based on this studies may be proposed as one of the Key Science Programs of VSOP-2 mission in the category of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN). A radiative inefficient accretion flow, a possible model of accretion disks on low-luminosity AGNs, predicts electron temperatures of about 109 K at radii within several tens of Schwarzschild radius. The region should be optically thick at the observing frequencies of VSOP-2. Hence, the shape of accretion disks could be imaged with the sensitivity and angular resolutions of VSOP-2 for some nearby low-luminosity AGNs. We show a list of target candidates in terms of their apparent Schwarzschild radius and radio properties. A pre-launch ground-based survey would be needed in order to determine the priority order, which will be useful for preparing an effective VSOP-2 observation plan.
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