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Keywords:

  • accretion, accretion discs;
  • hydrodynamics;
  • waves;
  • methods: analytical

ABSTRACT

Thin accretion discs around massive compact objects can support slow pressure modes of oscillations in the linear regime that have azimuthal wavenumber m= 1. We consider finite, flat discs composed of barotropic fluid for various surface density profiles and demonstrate – through WKB analysis and numerical solution of the eigenvalue problem – that these modes are stable and have spatial scales comparable to the size of the disc. We show that the eigenvalue equation can be mapped to a Schrödinger-like equation. The analysis of this equation shows that all eigenmodes have discrete spectra. We find that all the models we have considered support negative frequency eigenmodes; however, the positive eigenfrequency modes are only present in power-law discs, albeit for physically uninteresting values of the power-law index β and barotropic index γ.