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Theory and observations of time-dependent accretion disks

  • Frank Verbunt
Accretion Disks
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 266)

Abstract

In recent years rapid progress has been made both observationally and theoretically in the study of time-dependent accretion-disks, in particular with respect to cataclysmic variables. In the first part of this review I describe the theory of time-dependent disks. In the second part I discuss dwarf nova outbursts and compare the theoretical predictions of two models — the disk instability and the red-star instability — with the observational evidence. It is found that both models have their successes and failures. In general, the optical observations are in better agreement with the disk instability model, the ultraviolet observations with the red-star instability.

Keywords

Accretion Disk White Dwarf Companion Star Disk Radius Cataclysmic Variable 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Verbunt
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  1. 1.Max Planck Institut für Extraterrestrische PhysikGarching bei MünchenGermany

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