Oscillations of the Boundary Layer and High-frequency QPOs
1 Department of Astronomy, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-6801, USA
2 Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planetologie, Toulouse, 31400, France
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Published online: 8 January 2014
We observed persistent high-frequency oscillations of the boundary layer near an accreting, weakly-magnetized star in global 3D MHD simulations. The tilted dipole magnetic field is not strong enough to open a gap between the star and the disk. Instead, it forms a highly-wrapped azimuthal field near the surface of the star which slows down rotation of the disk matter, while a small tilt of the field excites oscillations of the boundary layer with a frequency below the Keplerian frequency. This mechanism may be responsible for the high-frequency oscillations in accreting neutron stars, white dwarfs and classical T Tauri stars.
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