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Astron. Astrophys. 330, 464-468 (1998)

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Semi-analytical radiative transfer in plane-parallel geometry: application to accretion disk coronae

Xinwu Cao 1, D.R. Jiang 1, J.H. You 2 and J.L. Zhao 1

1 Shanghai Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 80 Nandan Road, Shanghai, 200030, P.R. China
2 Department of Applied Physics, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, 200030, P.R. China

Received 6 January 1997 / Accepted 28 August 1997


A simplified frequency-integrated radiative transfer equation is solved to study Compton scatterings in the corona of the disk by using numerical iterating method. We find that the vertical thickness of the corona cannot be used as the typical length to measure the optical depth of the corona. A semi-analytical approach is proposed to calculate the energy dissipations in the corona of the disk. We demonstrate that our approach can reproduce the numerical solutions to an accuracy of [FORMULA].

Key words: accretion, accretion disks – corona, galaxies: nuclei

Send offprint requests to: Xinwu Cao (cxw@center.shao.ac.cn)


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Online publication: January 16, 1998