Volume 454, Number 1, July IV 2006
|Page(s)||11 - 16|
|Published online||03 July 2006|
Precession of neutrino-cooled accretion disks in gamma-ray burst engines
Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Funes 3350, (7600) Mar del Plata, Argentina e-mail: email@example.com
2 Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía, C.C.5, (1894) Villa Elisa, Buenos Aires, Argentina
3 Facultad de Ciencias Astronómicas y Geofísicas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Paseo del Bosque, (1900) La Plata, Argentina
Accepted: 16 March 2006
Aims.We study the precession of accretion disks in the context of gamma-ray burst inner engines.
Methods.With an accretion disk model that allows for neutrino cooling, we evaluate the possible periods of disk precession and nutation due to the Lense-Thirring effect.
Results.Assuming jet ejection perpendicular to the disk midplane and a typical intrinsic time dependence for the burst, we find possible gamma-ray light curves with a temporal microstructure similar to what is observed in some subsamples.
Conclusions.We conclude that the precession and nutation of a neutrino-cooled accretion disk in the burst engine might be responsible for some events, especially those with a slow rise and a fast decay.
Key words: gamma-ray: bursts / accretion, accretion disks / neutrinos / black hole physics
© ESO, 2006
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