Coronal Magnetic Activity in nearby Active Supermassive Black Holes: Dr. Yoshiyuki Inoue (Osaka University)

ICRR Seminar

 Date December 18, 2020, 15:30-17:00
 Speaker Dr. Yoshiyuki Inoue (Osaka University) 
 Title“Coronal Magnetic Activity in nearby Active Supermassive Black Holes”
AbstractCentral supermassive black holes of active galactic nuclei (AGNs) host hot plasma with a temperature of 10<sup>9</sup>K, namely coronae. Like the Sun, black hole coronae are theoretically believed to be heated by their magnetic activity. However, such activity has not been observed yet. In this talk, I will report the first clear detection of coronal magnetic activity in nearby AGNs using ALMA (radio telescopes). The coronal magnetic fields are typically  ∼10
G on scales of ∼40 Schwarzschild radii. The measured magnetic field is weaker than the theoretical expectation, requiring a new corona heating mechanism. I will also discuss particle acceleration processes in the coronae of Seyferts, which may be the production sites of the high energy neutrinos seen by IceCube. Future MeV gamma-ray observations will provide critical tests to our scenario.