• Structure and stability of rotating fluid disks around massive objects. I. Newtonian formulation

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      Fluid disks; stability

    • Abstract


      In this paper we have presented a very general class of solutions for rotating fluid disks around massive objects (neglecting the self gravitation of the disk) with density as a function of the radial coordinate only and pressure being nonzero. Having considered a number of cases with different density and velocity distributions, we have analysed the stability of such disks under both radial and axisymmetric perturbations. For a perfect gas disk with γ= 5/3 the disk is stable with frequency (MG/r3)1/2 for purely radial pulsation with expanding and contracting boundary. In the case of axisymmetric perturbation the critical γc for neutral stability is found to be much less than 4/3 indicating that such disks are mostly stable under such perturbations.

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      D. K. Chakraborty1 A. R. Prasanna1

      1. Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad - 380009
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