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Title: Luminosity limits for funnels in thick accretion discs
Authors: Nityananda, R.
Narayan, R.
Keywords: ACCRETION DISKS
GALACTIC NUCLEI,
LUMINOSITY, ACTIVE GALACTIC NUCLEI,
ANGULAR MOMENTUM,
ASTRONOMICAL MODELS,
BLACK HOLES (ASTRONOMY),
FUNNELS,
QUASARS
Issue Date: 1982
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing for the Royal Astronomical Society
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1982, Vol.201, p697-705
Abstract: A narrow, highly luminous funnel in a thick accretion disc is a common feature of many models for active galactic nuclei. The constraints on the luminosity imposed by the effects of radiation forces on the funnel are examined. The treatment presented allows for the irradiation of any part of the funnel by the rest, which is an important effect for this problem. It is found that the maximum luminosity of a funnel of small semi-angle phi is reduced below the Eddington limit L(E) by a factor of phi-squared if the funnel is to be in strict equilibrium. Even with allowance for flow-induced viscous stresses, the luminosity cannot exceed the product of L(E) and phi. In contrast, current models have luminosities of the order of L(E)/phi. It is shown that the resulting large unbalanced forces at the funnel surface cause a significant outflow of matter, which should be incorporated in the model for consistency. These results do not depend on the detailed angular momentum distribution over the disc surface, but only on the funnel geometry.
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2289/1501
ISSN: 0035-8711
Alternative Location: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/bib_query?1982MNRAS.201..697N
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-data_query?bibcode=1982MNRAS.201..697N&link_type=ARTICLE&db_key=AST
Copyright: (1982) Royal Astronomical Society
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