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Paper: A VLBI Search for the Origin of Wobbling in Blazar Jets
Volume: 402, Approaching Micro-Arcsecond Resolution with VSOP-2: Astrophysics and Technologies
Page: 330
Authors: Agudo, I.
Abstract: An increasing number of blazars have been reported to show jet wobbling (i.e., non-regular rotations of the structural position angle of their innermost jets in the plane of the sky with amplitudes between 20 deg. and 50 deg., and time scales between 2 yr. and 20 yr.). The physical origin for the observed jet wobbling is still poorly understood, but as this phenomenon is triggered in the innermost regions of the jets, it must be tied to fundamental properties of the inner regions of the accretion system. Thus, jet wobbling may be an interesting potential tool for supermassive black hole, accretion and jet launching studies. As part of a joint theoretical/numerical and observational effort to characterize the observational properties and differences between three possible scenarios we have started a long-term polarimetric phase-reference 43GHz VLBA monitoring program to observe the jet structure and the absolute motion of the jet core of four of the blazars which have shown some of the clearest evidence of large amplitude jet wobbling: NRAO 150, OJ 287, 3C273, and 3C345 . Here we present this project and we argue about its suitability for future VSOP-2 observations.
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