Astrophysics Journal Club
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
Accretion discs in astrophysics, J.E. Pringle, ARAA, 19, 137, 1981
Spectral Energy Distributions of T Tauri Stars with Passive Circumstellar Disks, E.I. Chiang & P. Goldreich, ApJ, 490, 368, 1997
A "Twin-Exhaust" model for double radio sources, R. Blandford & M.
Rees, 169, 395, 1974
Hydromagnetic flows from accretion discs and the production of radio jets, R. Blandford & D. Payne, MNRAS, 199, 883, 1982
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.