Thermal-viscous instabilities in the accretion disk of GRS 1915+105

T. Belloni, M. Méndez, A. R. King, M. van der Klis, J. van Paradijs

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We use data obtained with the PCA onboard RXTE to analyze the spectral variations of the black hole candidate and superluminal source GRS 1915+105. Our results suggest that despite the complicated structure of the X-ray light curve, all spectral changes observed in this source can be explained as a sudden disappearing of the inner part of the accretion disk around the compact object, followed by a slower re-filling of the emptied region. The duration of an event and the size of the disappearing region fit remarkably well the expected radius dependence of the viscous time scale for the radiation-pressure dominated region of an accretion disk.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-334
JournalAIP Conference Proceedings
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1-Apr-1998
Externally publishedYes


  • X-ray sources
  • X-ray bursts
  • Accretion and accretion disks
  • Black holes
  • X-ray

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