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Paper: VSOP-2 Observations of M 87: A Proposal for a VSOP-2 Key Science Program
Volume: 402, Approaching Micro-Arcsecond Resolution with VSOP-2: Astrophysics and Technologies
Page: 262
Authors: Asada, K.; Doi, A.; Kino, M.; Nagai, H.; Nakamura, M.; Kameno, S.; VSOP-2 Science Working Group
Abstract: We report the advantages and potentials of VSOP-2 observations for studying the central engine of M 87. Extremely high angular resolution of VSOP-2 of 38 μ-arcsecond will provide us the unique opportunity to observe M 87 with spatial resolution of 0.0031 pc. This corresponds to around 10 times the Schwarzschild radius so that VSOP-2 can be a powerful tool to reveal the accretion disk and jet launching site, and investigate the formation, acceleration and collimation of the jet in connection with the physics of the accretion disk. A polished plan based on these studies will be proposed as one of the Key Science Programs of VSOP-2 mission in the category of Active Galactic Nuclei.
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