In this paper, we explore the gravitomagnetic interaction of a black hole (BH) with a misaligned accretion disc to study BH spin precession and alignment jointly with BH mass MBH and spin parameter a evolution, under the assumption that the disc is continually fed, in its outer region, by matter with angular momentum fixed on a given direction . We develop an iterative scheme based on the adiabatic approximation to study the BH-disc co-evolution: in this approach, the accretion disc transits through a sequence of quasi-steady warped states (Bardeen-Petterson effect) and interacts with the BH until the spin JBH aligns with . For a BH aligning with a corotating disc, the fractional increase in mass is typically less than a few per cent, while the spin modulus can increase up to a few tens of per cent. The alignment time-scale is of ~105-106 yr for a maximally rotating BH accreting at the Eddington rate. BH-disc alignment from an initially counter-rotating disc tends to be more efficient compared to the specular corotating case due to the asymmetry seeded in the Kerr metric: counter-rotating matter carries a larger and opposite angular momentum when crossing the innermost stable orbit, so that the spin modulus decreases faster and so the relative inclination angle.
Perego, A., Dotti, M., Colpi, M., & Volonteri, M. (2009). Mass and spin co-evolution during the alignment of a black hole in a warped accretion disc. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, 399(4), 2249-2263.
|Citazione:||Perego, A., Dotti, M., Colpi, M., & Volonteri, M. (2009). Mass and spin co-evolution during the alignment of a black hole in a warped accretion disc. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, 399(4), 2249-2263.|
|Tipo:||Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico|
|Carattere della pubblicazione:||Scientifica|
|Titolo:||Mass and spin co-evolution during the alignment of a black hole in a warped accretion disc|
|Autori:||Perego, A; Dotti, M; Colpi, M; Volonteri, M|
|Data di pubblicazione:||nov-2009|
|Rivista:||MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.15427.x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista|