6 HZ QUASI-PERIODIC OSCILLATIONS FROM LOW-MASS X-RAY BINARIES - THE SOUND OF AN ACCRETION DISK


ALPAR M., HASINGER G., SHAHAM J., YANCOPOULOS S.

ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, cilt.257, ss.627-631, 1992 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)

  • Cilt numarası: 257 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 1992
  • Dergi Adı: ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS
  • Sayfa Sayısı: ss.627-631

Özet

Quasiperiodic oscillations (QPOs) at frequencies of 5-8 Hz are a common feature of low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs) during their normal branch (NB) spectral states. We propose that this frequency band is essentially a band of rotation frequencies in a thick accretion disk. The high luminosities in the NB state give rise to the thick disk and slow down the dynamical timescales. Density and optical-thickness perturbations in a subsonic region of the disk have the frequency spectrum of sound in a rotating medium. X-rays scattered through the subsonic region are modulated by long wavelength optical-thickness oscillations whose frequencies, determined by the rotation rate and vorticity, are observed as the NB QPOs.