Shock oscillation model for quasi-periodic oscillations in stellar mass and supermassive black holes

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We numerically examine centrifugally supported shock waves in 2D rotating accretion flowsaround a stellar mass (10 M) and a supermassive (106 M) black holes over a wide range ofinput accretion rates of 107 M˙ /M˙ E 10−4. The resultant 2D shocks are unstable with timeand the luminosities show quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs) with modulations of a factor of2–3 and with periods of a tenth of a second to several hours, depending on the black holemasses. The shock oscillation model may explain the intermediate frequency QPOs with 1–10 Hz observed in the stellar mass black hole candidates and also suggest the existence ofQPOs with the period of hours in active galactic nuclei. When the accretion rate M˙ is low, theluminosity increases in proportion to the accretion rate. However, when M˙ greatly exceedsthe Eddington critical rate M˙ E, the luminosity is insensitive to the accretion rate and is keptconstantly around ∼3LE. On the other hand, the mass-outflow rate M˙ loss increases in proportionto M˙ and it amounts to about a few per cent of the input mass-flow rate
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1431-1438
Numero di pagine8
RivistaMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2007


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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