Theory of Accretion Disks

  • Friedrich Meyer
  • Wolfgang J. Duschl
  • Juhan Frank
  • Emmi Meyer-Hofmeister

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 290)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Rudolf Kippenhahn
    Pages 1-2
  3. Z. Loska, B. Czerny
    Pages 71-74
  4. Peter Bodenheimer
    Pages 75-87
  5. Douglas N. C. Lin
    Pages 89-104
  6. James E. Pringle
    Pages 105-111
  7. Werner M. Tscharnuter
    Pages 113-123
  8. Marek A. Abramowicz, Ewa Szuszkiewicz, Frederik Wallinder
    Pages 141-166
  9. Ryoji Matsumoto, Shoji Kato, Fumio Honma
    Pages 167-172
  10. Robert Whitehurst
    Pages 213-220
  11. Shin Mineshige, Janet H. Wood
    Pages 221-225
  12. J. Craig Wheeler, Shin Mineshige
    Pages 227-230
  13. Ramesh Narayan, Jeremy Goodman
    Pages 231-247
  14. John F. Hawley
    Pages 259-268
  15. Nicholas E. White
    Pages 269-282
  16. Sanjiv Kumar
    Pages 297-306
  17. Friedrich Meyer, Emmi Meyer-Hofmeister
    Pages 307-311
  18. Ronald E. Taam, Albert Fu
    Pages 313-319
  19. Tomaž Zwitter, Massimo Calvani
    Pages 321-323
  20. H. C. Spruit
    Pages 325-340
  21. Michał Różyczka, Henk C. Spruit
    Pages 341-354
  22. Takuya Matsuda, Nobuhiro Sekino, Eiji Shima, Keisuke Sawada, Henk Spruit
    Pages 355-371
  23. Mitchell C. Begelman, Juhan Frank, Isaac Shlosman
    Pages 373-386
  24. Juhan Frank, Isaac Shlosman, Mitchell C. Begelman
    Pages 387-395
  25. John K. Cannizzo, Hyung Mok Lee, Jeremy Goodman
    Pages 397-401
  26. Johannes Adam, Davina E. Innes, Giora Shaviv, Herbert Störzer, Rainer Wehrse
    Pages 403-418
  27. Giora Shaviv, Rainer Wehrse
    Pages 419-444
  28. E. Sterl Phinney
    Pages 457-470
  29. Back Matter
    Pages 471-477

About this book


With the advent of space observatories and modern developments in ground­ based astronomy and concurrent progress in the theoretical understanding of these observations it has become clear that accretion of material on to compact objects is an ubiquitous mechanism powering very diverse astrophysical sources ranging in size and luminosity by many orders of magnitude. A problem common to these systems is that the material accreted must in general get rid of its angular momentum and this leads to the formation of an Accretion Disk which allows angular momentum re-distribution and converts potential energy into radiation with an efficiency which can be higher than the nuclear burning yield. These systems range in size from quasars and active galactic nuclei to accretion disks around forming stars and the early solar system and to compact binaries such as cataclysmic variables and low-mass X-ray binaries. Other objects that should be mentioned in this context are 88433, the black hole binary candidates, and possibly gamma-ray burst sources. Observations of these systems have provided important constraints for theoretical accretion disk models on widely differing scales, lumi­ nosities, mass-transfer rates and physical environments.


Accretion accretion disk active galactic nuclei astronomy black hole galaxies gamma-ray burst gravity magnetosphere neutron star quasar quasars relativistic jet solar system star

Editors and affiliations

  • Friedrich Meyer
    • 1
  • Wolfgang J. Duschl
    • 2
  • Juhan Frank
    • 1
  • Emmi Meyer-Hofmeister
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für Physik und AstrophysikInstitut für AstrophysikGarching bei MünchenGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Theoretische AstrophysikUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6958-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-1037-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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