Theoretical modelling of Algol disks

I. Hubeny

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A brief review of various theoretical approaches to model accretion disks is presented. Emphasis is given to models that determine self-consistently the structure of a disk together with the radiation field. It is argued that a proper treatment of the vertical structure is essential for calculating theoretical spectra to be compared with observations. In particular, it is shown that hot layers above an accretion disk (sometimes called disk "chromospheres" or "coronae"), whose presence is indicated by recent UV observations of strong emission lines of highly ionized species, may be explained using simple energy balance arguments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-126
Number of pages10
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jun 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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