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  • Marcus Kubsch
  • Tobias F. Illenseer
  • Wolfgang J. Duschl
Aims. We investigate the suitability of α-viscosity in self-similar models for self-gravitating disks with a focus on active galactic nuclei (AGN) disks.
Methods. We use a self-similar approach to simplify the partial differential equations arising from the evolution equation, which are then solved using numerical standard procedures.
Results. We find a self-similar solution for the dynamical evolution of self-gravitating α-disks and derive the significant quantities. In the Keplerian part of the disk our model is consistent with standard stationary α-disk theory, and self-consistent throughout the self-gravitating regime. Positive accretion rates throughout the disk demand a high degree of self-gravitation. Combined with the temporal decline of the accretion rate and its low amount, the model prohibits the growth of large central masses.
Conclusions. α-viscosity cannot account for the evolution of the whole mass spectrum of super-massive black holes (SMBH) in AGN. However, considering the involved scales it seems suitable for modelling protoplanetary disks.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberA22
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Volume588
IssueApril 2016
Pages (from-to)online only
Number of pages11
ISSN0004-6361
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StatePublished - 04.2016
Externally publishedYes

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