Levitating atmospheres of Eddington-luminosity neutron stars
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CitationWielgus, Maciek, Aleksander Sadowski, Wiodek Kluzniak, Marek Abramowicz, and Ramesh Narayan. 2016. Levitating atmospheres of Eddington-luminosity neutron stars. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 458, no. 4: 3420–3428. doi:10.1093/mnras/stw548.
AbstractWe construct models of static, spherically symmetric shells supported by the radiation flux of a luminous neutron star in the Schwarzschild metric. The atmospheres are disconnected from the star and levitate above its surface. Gas pressure and density inversion appear in the inner region of these atmospheres, which is a purely relativistic phenomenon. We account for the scattering opacity dependence on temperature green by using the Klein-Nishina formula. The relativistic M1 closure scheme for the radiation tensor provides a general relativity-consistent treatment of the photon flux and radiation tensor anisotropy. In this way, we are able to address atmospheres of both large and moderate/low optical depths with the same set of equations. We discuss properties of the levitating atmospheres and find that they may indeed be optically thick, with the distance between star surface and the photosphere expanding as luminosity increases. These results may be relevant for the photosphereric radius expansion X-ray bursts.
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