An Introduction to Accretion Disks

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 857)

Abstract

In this chapter I first present the pre-main sequence stars around which accretion disks are observed and summarise the main observed characteristics of the classical T Tauri and Herbig Ae/Be stars. I then review the theoretical and empirical reasons that lead many scientists to conclude that the objects of this class are surrounded by accretion disk. Finally I review the basic characteristics of the disks of these stars, and expose the observations that lead us to derive them.

Keywords

Accretion Disk Central Star Astronomical Unit Tauri Star Mass Accretion Rate 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Notes

Acknowledgements

I acknowledge financial support from “Programme National de Physique Stellaire” (PNPS) of CNRS/INSU, France.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LESIA-Observatoire de Paris, CNRSUPMC Univ., Paris-Diderot Univ.Meudon Principal CedexFrance

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