Outbursts from the secondary component in OJ 287 and the secondary spin-up
Tuorla Observatory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, 21500 Piikkiö, Finland
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At the end of March 2012 a prominent optical outburst was observed in the binary black hole system OJ 287. It does not fit the expected sequence of outbursts from the primary component and the bremsstrahlung outbursts from the accretion disk impacts of the secondary component. These occur in a well established pattern repeated with an approximately 12 year interval. In this work we discuss the possibility that the outburst originates from the secondary black hole. The timing of the 2012 outburst relative to the expected sequence would make it a counterpart of the precursor outbursts in 1993 and 2004, which occured before the main pattern of outbursts. If so, it appears that a precursor occurs when the secondary reaches a constant level above the mean accretion disk level of the primary component. It may be that this encounter induces an outburst in the secondary which is nearly as prominent as the outbursts in the expected sequence. The strength of these outbursts depends strongly on the spin of the secondary. In this work we investigate the limits on the secondary spin-up and spin alignment from interaction with the accretion disk of the primary component and its magnetic field.
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