On radial oscillations in viscous accretion discs surrounding neutron stars

Xingming Chen, Ronald E. Taam

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Abstract

Radial oscillations resulting from axisymmetric perturbations in viscous accretion discs surrounding neutron stars in X-ray binary systems have been investigated. Within the framework of the a-viscosity model a series of hydrodynamic calculations demonstrates that the oscillations are global for a ~ 1. On the other hand, for a £ 0.4 the oscillations are local and are confined to the disc boundaries. If viscous stresses acting in the radial direction are included, however, it is found that the disc can be stabilized. The application of such instabilities in accretion discs, without reference to the boundary layer region between the neutron star (or magnetosphere) and the inner edge of the disc, to the phenomenology of quasi-periodic oscillations is brought into question.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-60
Number of pages10
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume255
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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