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Accretion-Ejection Instability, MHD Rossby Wave Instability, diskoseismology, and the high-frequency QPO of microquasars

Abstract : We present a possible explanation for the high-frequency Quasi-Periodic Oscillations of microquasars by an MHD instability that combines the physics developed, in different contexts, for the Accretion-Ejection Instability, the Rossby-Wave Instability, and the normal modes of diskoseismic models (which rely on the properties of the relativistic rotation curve in the vicinity of the Marginally Stable Orbit). This instability can appear as modes of azimuthal wavenumbers m=2, 3,... that have very similar pattern speeds \omega/m, while the m=1 mode, which would appear as the fundamental of this discrete spectrum, is less unstable. This would readily explain the 2:3 (and sometimes higher) frequency ratio observed between these QPO. These instabilites form eigenmodes, i.e. standing wave patterns at a constant frequency in the disk; they are strongly unstable, and thus do not need an external excitation mechanism to reach high amplitudes. Furthermore, they have the property that a fraction of the accretion energy can be emitted toward the corona: this would explain that these QPO are seen in a spectral state where Comptonized emission from the corona is always present. Their existence depends critically on the existence of a magnetic structure, formed by poloidal flux advected in the accretion process, in the central region between the disk and the black hole.
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Michel Tagger, P. Varniere. Accretion-Ejection Instability, MHD Rossby Wave Instability, diskoseismology, and the high-frequency QPO of microquasars. The Astrophysical Journal, American Astronomical Society, 2006, 652, pp.1457-1465. ⟨in2p3-00130172⟩

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