Inconsistency in the standard model for stellar thin accretion disks

Giovanni Montani, Nakia Carlevaro

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We analyze the configuration of a thin rotating accretion disk, which is embedded in a magnetic field inducing a backreaction in the gravitating plasma. The aim of this study is to determine the conditions under which the gaseous accretion model of Shakura can be reconciled with the magnetohydrodynamical picture requested to trigger the underlying turbulent behavior. We focus our attention on the generalized Ohm equation in order to understand if the plasma backreaction is able to provide the proper toroidal current, allowing a nonzero infalling velocity. In the limit of linear plasma backreaction, this analysis shows how the Shakura profile of accretion turns out to be inconsistent. In particular, comparing the azimuthal and the generalized Ohm equilibrium equations, we argue that it is not possible to maintain a constant rate of accretion. A nonstationary scenario for the disk configuration is then outlined and it results in a transient process which is however associated to a vanishing accretion rate. © 2012 American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number123004
Pages (from-to)-
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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