Astrophysics Journal Club
Astrophysical disks

Class description
The aim of this seminar series will be to studies disks in a variety of astrophysical system. This will include disks around young stars, disks in binary systems, and disks in active galactic nuclei (AGN). We will consider both the physics of accretion disks and also observational signatures of accretion disks. The class will meet Thursdays from 12:30 till about 2pm in Physics 3051. Each person will be expected to have read the paper for that lesson and to have written a short description of the content and have noted some comments or questions for the lesson.

The following are a list of some of the papers we will be discussing in the class.

  1. Accretion discs in astrophysics, J.E. Pringle, ARAA, 19, 137, 1981
  2. Spectral Energy Distributions of T Tauri Stars with Passive Circumstellar Disks, E.I. Chiang & P. Goldreich, ApJ, 490, 368, 1997
  3. A "Twin-Exhaust" model for double radio sources, R. Blandford & M. Rees, 169, 395, 1974
  4. Hydromagnetic flows from accretion discs and the production of radio jets, R. Blandford & D. Payne, MNRAS, 199, 883, 1982
  5. Using FU Orionis outbursts to constrain self-regulated protostellar disk models, K. Bell & D. Lin, 1994, ApJ, 427, 987, 1994

Accretion Power in Astrophysics by Frank, King & Raine, is a good book about disks in various astrophysical systems.

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Last modified: June 15, 2005.