Journal Article

Simulations of spiral structure in the accretion disc of IP Pegasi during outburst

P. J. Armitage and J. R. Murray

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 297, issue 4, pages L81-L85
Published in print July 1998 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online July 1998 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-8711.1998.01735.x
Simulations of spiral structure in the accretion disc of IP Pegasi during outburst

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We consider the implications of the detection of spiral structure in the accretion disc of the binary IP Pegasi. We use numerical simulations of the development of a disc outburst to construct predicted Doppler tomograms, which are found to be in close agreement with the observations if the spiral pattern arises as a transient feature when the disc expands viscously at the start of the outburst. The good agreement of such viscous disc simulations with the data is consistent with models in which most of the angular momentum transport in the disc originates in internal stresses rather than globally excited waves or shocks. Future detailed observations of the development of transient spiral features offer the potential to measure the dependence of the disc viscosity on the local physical conditions in the disc.

Keywords: accretion; accretion discs; hydrodynamics; instabilities; binaries: close; stars: individual: IP Pegasi; novae; cataclysmic variables

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Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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