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2006MNRAS.368..379M - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 368, 379-396 (2006/May-1)

Variability of black hole accretion discs: the cool, thermal disc component.


Abstract (from CDS):

We extend the model of King et al. for variability in black hole accretion discs by taking proper account of the thermal properties of the disc. Because the degree of variability in the King et al. model depends sensitively on the ratio of disc thickness to radius, H/R, it is important to follow the time dependence of the local disc structure as the variability proceeds. In common with previous authors, we develop a one-zone model for the local disc structure. We agree that radial heat advection plays an important role in determining the inner disc structure, and also find limit-cycle behaviour. When the stochastic magnetic dynamo model of King et al. is added to these models, we find similar variability behaviour to before.

We are now better placed to put physical constraints on model parameters. In particular, we find that in order to be consistent with the low degree of variability seen in the thermal disc component of black hole binaries, we need to limit the energy density of the poloidal field that can be produced by local dynamo cells in the disc to less than a few per cent of the energy density of the dynamo field within the disc itself.

Abstract Copyright: 2006 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2006 RAS

Journal keyword(s): black hole physics - galaxies: jets - X-rays: binaries

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