A toy model for coupling accretion disk oscillations to the neutron star spin
Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Saupfercheckweg 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 2 September 2005
Lee et al. (2004, ApJ, 603, L93) demonstrated numerically that rotation of neutron star couples with oscillations of its accretion disk to excite resonances. No specific coupling was assumed, but a magnetic field was suggested as the most likely one. Following this idea, we showed (Pétri 2005a, A&A, 439, L27, Paper I) that, if the neutron star is non-axially symmetric and rotating, its gravity might provide the coupling and excite resonances. Here, we return to the original suggestion that the coupling has a magnetic origin, and demonstrate how it works in terms of a simple analytic toy model.
Key words: accretion, accretion disks / magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) / relativity / stars: neutron / X-rays: binaries
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