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Paper: Imaging a Jet Base — Prospects with M87
Volume: 402, Approaching Micro-Arcsecond Resolution with VSOP-2: Astrophysics and Technologies
Page: 227
Authors: Walker, R.C.; Ly, C.; Junor, W.; Hardee, P.
Abstract: M87 provides the best opportunity to study the base of a jet where it is collimated and accelerated. The size of that region scales with the mass of the black hole, and M87 has the best combination of high mass, proximity to the Earth, and presence of a bright jet. VLBI observations of M87 can probe regions under 100 gravitational radii where theoretical studies suggest that the jet formation and acceleration occurs. A one-year sequence of 43 GHz observations every 3 weeks on the VLBA is being used to study the structure and dynamics in this region. Initial results from that effort are reported here, including the observation of rapid motions - sufficiently rapid that more frequent observations are planned for early 2008. The contribution ends with a discussion of prospects for future VLBI observations of M87 with VSOP2. For VSOP2, a strong recommendation is made that a series of daily observations at 43 GHz be planned.
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