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Astron. Astrophys. 323, 382-386 (1997)

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Bondi flows on compact objects revisited

Sandip K. Chakrabarti 1 and Soumitri A. Sahu 2

1 SNBNCBS, Calcutta 7000 91, India and TIFR, Mumbai 400005, India
2 University of Hyderabad, Gachibowli, Hyderabad 500046, India

Received 15 October 1996 / Accepted 10 December 1996


We revisit Bondi flows on black holes, naked singularities and neutron stars keeping in mind recent progress in understanding of the flow behaviour near compact objects. In an adiabatic spherical accretion on black holes and naked singularities, standing shock waves do not form, but shocks on neutron stars may or may not form depending on the boundary conditions. For low accretion rates (hard state), these objects may behave similarly. However, for high accretion rates (soft state), the converging flow on a black hole will produce a weak hard tail of energy spectral slope of [FORMULA] (apart from the soft bump) while the flow on a neutron star or a naked singularity will have no hard tail. The soft bumps of neutron star candidates may generally be at higher energies than those of naked singularities.

Key words: accretion, accretion disks – black hole physics – stars: neutron – hydrodynamics

Send offprint requests to: S.K. Chakrabarti, S.N. Bose National Center for Basic Sciences, JD Block, Salt Lake, Calcutta 700091, INDIA

© European Southern Observatory (ESO) 1997

Online publication: June 5, 1998