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Physics of Accretion by Spiral Shock Waves

  • H. C. Spruit
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 290)

Abstract

The properties of disks accreting by global spiral shocks are reviewed. The discussion includes the formation of these waves, the way they transport angular momentum, a selfsimilar model for spiral shocked accretion and recent numerical simulations. These simulations suggest that at least in disks produced by mass overflow in close binaries the efficiency of accretion (in terms of an effective α-value) can be substantial.

Keywords

Angular Momentum Accretion Disk Selfsimilar Solution Spiral Wave Spiral Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. C. Spruit
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  1. 1.Max Planck Institut für Physik und AstrophysikGarchingWest Germany

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