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Warp Propagation in Astrophysical Discs

  • Chris NixonEmail author
  • Andrew King
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 905)

Abstract

Astrophysical discs are often warped, that is, their orbital planes change with radius. This occurs whenever there is a non-axisymmetric force acting on the disc, for example the Lense–Thirring precession induced by a misaligned spinning black hole, or the gravitational pull of a misaligned companion. Such misalignments appear to be generic in astrophysics. The wide range of systems that can harbour warped discs—protostars, X-ray binaries, tidal disruption events, quasars and others—allows for a rich variety in the disc’s response. Here we review the basic physics of warped discs and its implications.

Keywords

Angular Momentum Angular Momentum Vector Planar Disc Angular Momentum Conservation Torque Coefficient 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Notes

Acknowledgements

We thank Phil Armitage, Giuseppe Lodato, Steve Lubow, Rebecca Martin, Rebecca Nealon, Daniel Price & Jim Pringle for providing thoughtful comments on the manuscript. We thank Gordon Ogilvie for useful discussions. CN thanks NASA for support through the Einstein Fellowship Programme, grant PF2-130098. Astrophysics research at Leicester is supported by an STFC Consolidated Grant.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.JILAUniversity of Colorado & NISTBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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