Radio emission from X-ray binaries and the proto-type jets of SS433

  • R. M. Hjellming
  • K. J. Johnston
Jets and Winds
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 266)


We summarize the X-ray binaries that are known to exhibit radio emission and concentrate on SS433 as the proto-type of X-ray binaries with radio and optical emission from jet flows perpindicular to accretion disks. In the context of accretion onto compact objects, SS433 provides the most detailed information about high velocity (v = 78,000 km/sec), gas dynamical flows moving outward along accretion disk axes. A working hypothesis whereby the radio and optical jets are produced in an expanding sheath environment around flows perpindicular to an accretion disk is discussed, and the minor deviations from a simple twin-jet kinematical model are summarized. The longest time scale deviations from the simple kinematical model are shown to be consistent with a “beat model” in which the average 162.5d period of precession of the accretion disk is the harmonic mean of two periods of 175d and 152d, and the long time scale deviations from the kinematic model exhibit a beat difference period of − 2300d.


Radio Emission Accretion Disk Proper Motion Residual Index Optical Emission Line 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. M. Hjellming
    • 1
  • K. J. Johnston
    • 2
  1. 1.National Radio Astronomy ObservatorySocorro
  2. 2.E.O. Hulburt Center for Space Research Naval Research LaboratoryWashington, D.C.

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