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    Model for an optically thick torus in local thermodynamic equilibrium around a black hole

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    We propose a simple model for an optically thick radiative torus in local thermodynamic equilibrium around a Kerr black hole. The hydrodynamics structure, which is not affected by the radiation field, is the same as for the so--called polish doughnuts. Under the assumption of isentropic fluid and polytropic equation of state, a simple stationary and axisymmetric solution to the relativistic radiation hydrodynamics equations is possible, for which the temperature of the torus scales like the specific enthalpy. The astrophysical relevance of the model is briefly discussed.Comment: With updated bibliographyc informatio

    Very High Order \PNM Schemes on Unstructured Meshes for the Resistive Relativistic MHD Equations

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    In this paper we propose the first better than second order accurate method in space and time for the numerical solution of the resistive relativistic magnetohydrodynamics (RRMHD) equations on unstructured meshes in multiple space dimensions. The nonlinear system under consideration is purely hyperbolic and contains a source term, the one for the evolution of the electric field, that becomes stiff for low values of the resistivity. For the spatial discretization we propose to use high order \PNM schemes as introduced in \cite{Dumbser2008} for hyperbolic conservation laws and a high order accurate unsplit time discretization is achieved using the element-local space-time discontinuous Galerkin approach proposed in \cite{DumbserEnauxToro} for one-dimensional balance laws with stiff source terms. The divergence free character of the magnetic field is accounted for through the divergence cleaning procedure of Dedner et al. \cite{Dedneretal}. To validate our high order method we first solve some numerical test cases for which exact analytical reference solutions are known and we also show numerical convergence studies in the stiff limit of the RRMHD equations using \PNM schemes from third to fifth order of accuracy in space and time. We also present some applications with shock waves such as a classical shock tube problem with different values for the conductivity as well as a relativistic MHD rotor problem and the relativistic equivalent of the Orszag-Tang vortex problem. We have verified that the proposed method can handle equally well the resistive regime and the stiff limit of ideal relativistic MHD. For these reasons it provides a powerful tool for relativistic astrophysical simulations involving the appearance of magnetic reconnection.Comment: 24 pages, 6 figures, submitted to JC

    Oscillations of relativistic axisymmetric tori and implications for modelling kHz-QPOs in neutron-star X-ray binaries

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    We perform a global linear perturbative analysis, and investigate the oscillation properties of relativistic, non-selfgravitating tori orbiting around neutron stars in the slow rotation limit approximation. Extending the work done in Schwarzschild and Kerr backgrounds, we consider the axisymmetric oscillations of vertically integrated tori in the Hartle-Thorne spacetime. The equilibrium models are constructed by selecting a number of different non-Keplerian distributions of specific angular momentum, allowing for disc sizes L0.5600L \sim 0.5 - 600 gravitational radii. Our results, obtained after solving a global eigenvalue problem to compute the xisymmetric pp-modes, indicate that such oscillation modes could account with most observed lower (νL\nu_L) and upper (νU\nu_U) high frequency quasi-periodic oscillations for Sco X-1, and for some Z sources and Atoll sources with νL gtrsim500\nu_L\ gtrsim 500 Hz. However, when νL500\nu_L \lesssim 500 Hz, pp-modes oscillations do not account for the linear relation νU=AνL+B\nu_U = A \nu_L + B, B0B \neq 0 between the upper and the lower high frequency quasi-periodic oscillations that are observed in neutron star low-mass X-ray binaries.Comment: 8 pages, 4 figures, matches accepted version for publication in MNRA

    High Order Cell-Centered Lagrangian-Type Finite Volume Schemes with Time-Accurate Local Time Stepping on Unstructured Triangular Meshes

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    We present a novel cell-centered direct Arbitrary-Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) finite volume scheme on unstructured triangular meshes that is high order accurate in space and time and that also allows for time-accurate local time stepping (LTS). The new scheme uses the following basic ingredients: a high order WENO reconstruction in space on unstructured meshes, an element-local high-order accurate space-time Galerkin predictor that performs the time evolution of the reconstructed polynomials within each element, the computation of numerical ALE fluxes at the moving element interfaces through approximate Riemann solvers, and a one-step finite volume scheme for the time update which is directly based on the integral form of the conservation equations in space-time. The inclusion of the LTS algorithm requires a number of crucial extensions, such as a proper scheduling criterion for the time update of each element and for each node; a virtual projection of the elements contained in the reconstruction stencils of the element that has to perform the WENO reconstruction; and the proper computation of the fluxes through the space-time boundary surfaces that will inevitably contain hanging nodes in time due to the LTS algorithm. We have validated our new unstructured Lagrangian LTS approach over a wide sample of test cases solving the Euler equations of compressible gasdynamics in two space dimensions, including shock tube problems, cylindrical explosion problems, as well as specific tests typically adopted in Lagrangian calculations, such as the Kidder and the Saltzman problem. When compared to the traditional global time stepping (GTS) method, the newly proposed LTS algorithm allows to reduce the number of element updates in a given simulation by a factor that may depend on the complexity of the dynamics, but which can be as large as 4.7.Comment: 31 pages, 13 figure
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