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Advective accretion onto a nonspherical accretor in white Dwarf and neutron star binaries: A new scenario of shock formation

Datta, SR and Dhang, P and Mishra, B (2021) Advective accretion onto a nonspherical accretor in white Dwarf and neutron star binaries: A new scenario of shock formation. In: Astrophysical Journal, 918 (2).

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/ac0e9e


Numerous studies on hydrodynamics of the Keplerian as well as the sub-Keplerian accretion disk around a compact object (e.g., white dwarf (WD), neutron star (NS), or a black hole) have attempted to explain the observed UV, soft, and hard X-ray spectra. Although, when the compact object (e.g., a WD or an NS) has a finite surface, its rapid rotation, the stellar magnetic field could cause deformation of the spherical symmetry. Earlier studies on the Keplerian disk showed that a deviation from the spherical symmetry of the compact object could affect the observed light curve and spectra at high frequencies. Here, we have explored the effect of the nonspherical nature of a compact object on the hydrodynamics of an optically thin, geometrically thick sub-Keplerian advective flow. We find that due to the nonspherical shape of the central accretor, there is a possibility to trigger Rankine�Hugoniot shock in the sub-Keplerian advective flow close to the accretor without considering any general relativistic effect or presence of the hard surface of the star. Our results are more relevant for accretion onto a WD as hardly any general relativistic effect will come into the picture. We propose that some observational features, e.g., high significance of fitting the spectra with multi-temperature plasma models rather than single-temperature models, and variable efficiency of X-ray emission (X-ray luminosity in comparison with the optical and UV luminosity of the disk) in nonmagnetic cataclysmic variables can be explained by the presence of a shock in the sub-Keplerian advective flow. © 2021. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Astrophysical Journal
Publisher: IOP Publishing Ltd
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Authors
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2021 09:46
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2021 09:46
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/70337

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