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Accretion power in astrophysics.

Author: A R King; J Frank; Derek J Raine
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd ed.View all editions and formats
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An updated version of the popular graduate text on accretion in astrophysics.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: A R King; J Frank; Derek J Raine
ISBN: 0521620538 9780521620536 0521629578 9780521629577
OCLC Number: 47240723
Notes: Frank's name appears first on the previous ed.
Description: xiv, 384 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1 Accretion as a Source of Energy 1 --
1.2 The Eddington limit 2 --
1.3 The emitted spectrum 5 --
1.4 Accretion theory and observation 6 --
2 Gas Dynamics 8 --
2.2 The equations of gas dynamics 8 --
2.3 Steady adiabatic flows; isothermal flows 11 --
2.4 Sound waves 12 --
2.5 Steady, spherically symmetric accretion 14 --
3 Plasma Concepts 23 --
3.2 Charge neutrality, plasma oscillations and the Debye length 23 --
3.3 Collisions 26 --
3.4 Thermal plasmas: relaxation time and mean free path 30 --
3.5 The stopping of fast particles by a plasma 32 --
3.6 Transport phenomena: viscosity 34 --
3.7 The effect of strong magnetic fields 37 --
3.8 Shock waves in plasmas 41 --
4 Accretion in Binary Systems 48 --
4.2 Interacting binary systems 48 --
4.3 Roche lobe overflow 49 --
4.4 Roche geometry and binary evolution 54 --
4.5 Disc formation 58 --
4.6 Viscous torques 63 --
4.7 The magnitude of viscosity 69 --
4.8 Beyond the [alpha]-prescription 71 --
4.9 Accretion in close binaries: other possibilities 73 --
5 Accretion Discs 80 --
5.2 Radial disc structure 80 --
5.3 Steady thin discs 84 --
5.4 The local structure of thin discs 88 --
5.5 The emitted spectrum 90 --
5.6 The structure of steady [alpha]-discs (the 'standard model') 93 --
5.7 Steady discs: confrontation with observation 98 --
5.8 Time dependence and stability 110 --
5.9 Dwarf novae 121 --
5.10 Irradiated discs 129 --
5.11 Tides, resonances and superhumps 139 --
5.12 Discs around young stars 148 --
5.13 Spiral shocks 150 --
6 Accretion on to a Compact Object 152 --
6.2 Boundary layers 152 --
6.3 Accretion on to magnetized neutron stars and white dwarfs 158 --
6.4 Accretion columns: the white dwarf case 174 --
6.5 Accretion column structure for neutron stars 191 --
6.6 X-ray bursters 202 --
6.7 Black holes 207 --
6.8 Accreting binary systems with compact components 209 --
7 Active Galactic Nuclei 213 --
7.1 Observations 213 --
7.2 The distances of active galaxies 220 --
7.3 The sizes of active galactic nuclei 223 --
7.4 The mass of the central source 225 --
7.5 Models of active galactic nuclei 228 --
7.6 The gas supply 230 --
7.7 Black holes 234 --
7.8 Accretion efficiency 238 --
8 Accretion Discs in Active Galactic Nuclei 244 --
8.1 The nature of the problem 244 --
8.2 Radio, millimetre and infrared emission 246 --
8.3 Optical, UV and X-ray emission 247 --
8.4 The broad and narrow, permitted and forbidden 250 --
8.5 The narrow line region 252 --
8.6 The broad line region 255 --
8.7 The stability of AGN discs 265 --
9 Accretion Power in Active Galactic Nuclei 267 --
9.2 Extended radio sources 267 --
9.3 Compact radio sources 272 --
9.4 The nuclear continuum 278 --
9.5 Applications to discs 281 --
9.6 Magnetic fields 285 --
9.7 Newtonian electrodynamic discs 287 --
9.8 The Blandford --
Znajek model 289 --
9.9 Circuit analysis of black hole power 292 --
10 Thick Discs 296 --
10.2 Equilibrium figures 298 --
10.3 The limiting luminosity 303 --
10.4 Newtonian vorticity-free torus 306 --
10.5 Thick accretion discs 309 --
10.6 Dynamical stability 314 --
10.7 Astrophysical implications 316 --
11 Accretion Flows 319 --
11.2 The equations 320 --
11.3 Vertically integrated equations --
slim discs 323 --
11.4 A unified description of steady accretion flows 325 --
11.5 Stability 331 --
11.6 Optically thin ADAFs --
similarity solutions 333 --
11.7 Astrophysical applications 334 --
11.8 Caveats and alternatives 337 --
Appendix Radiation processes 345.
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