X-Ray Binary Phenomenology and Their Accretion Disk Structure

  • Demosthenes KazanasEmail author
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 414)


We propose a scheme that accounts for the broader spectral and temporal properties of galactic black hole X-ray transients. The fundamental notion behind this proposal is that the mass accretion rate, \(\dot{M}\), of the disks of these systems depends on the radius, as it has been proposed for ADIOS. We propose that, because of this dependence of \(\dot{M}\) on radius, an accretion disk which is geometrically thin and cool at large radii converts into a geometrically thick, advection dominated, hot disk interior to a transition radius at which the local accretion rate drops below the square of the viscosity parameter, a condition for the existence of advection dominated flows. We argue also that such a transition requires in addition that the vertical disk support be provided by magnetic fields. As discussed in other chapters of this book, the origin of these fields is local to the disk by the Poynting Robertson battery, thereby providing a complete self-contained picture for the spectra and evolution of these systems.


Black Hole Accretion Disk Accretion Rate Active Galactic Nucleus Disk Height 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 663GreenbeltUSA

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