Springer Theses

Disc Winds Matter

Modelling Accretion and Outflows on All Scales

Authors: Matthews, James

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  • Nominated as an outstanding PhD thesis by the University of Southampton, Southampton, UK​Includes a broad introduction to accretion and outflow in astrophysical systems
  • Features a detailed description of Monte Carlo radiative transfer methods
  • Covers both theoretical and observational approaches to understanding accreting systems
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This thesis describes the application of a Monte Carlo radiative transfer code to accretion disc winds in two types of systems spanning 9 orders of magnitude in mass and size. In both cases, the results provide important new insights. On small scales, the presence of disc winds in accreting white dwarf binary systems has long been inferred from the presence of ultraviolet absorption lines. Here, the thesis shows that the same winds can also produce optical emission lines and a recombination continuum. On large scales, the thesis constructs a simple model of disc winds in quasars that is capable of explaining both the observed absorption and emission signatures – a crucial advance that supports a disc-wind based unification scenario for quasars. Lastly, the thesis also includes a theoretical investigation into the equivalent width distribution of the emission lines in quasars, which reveals a major challenge to all unification scenarios.

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Dr. James Matthews' scientific career started in earnest at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics under the supervision of Dr. Rosanne Di Stefano. They worked on predicting gravitational lensing events in order to search for exoplanets. With his interest in computational astrophysics piqued, he transitioned to a PhD at Southampton focusing on accretion disc winds. This project forms the basis of the thesis, which in particular aims to assess how universal the accretion and outflow phenomena are across 10 orders of magnitude in mass. Nowadays, Dr. Matthews works mostly on cosmic ray acceleration at Oxford with Professors Tony Bell and Katherine Blundell.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Hardcover $149.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Disc Winds Matter
Book Subtitle
Modelling Accretion and Outflows on All Scales
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-59183-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-59183-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-59182-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86563-8
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXVIII, 210
Number of Illustrations
30 b/w illustrations, 63 illustrations in colour
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