TY - JOUR

T1 - Stability of radial perturbations for non-uniformly rotating self-gravitating, finite, gaseous disks

AU - Yahalom, Asher

PY - 2009/3/16

Y1 - 2009/3/16

N2 - Radial stability conditions of self-gravitating, finite disks in non-uniform rotations are obtained by minimizing their energy keeping, mass and circulations constant. These global stability conditions are necessary and sufficient since no gyroscopic terms appear in the perturbed equations. This energy principle is applied to a class of finite differentially rotating disks with adiabatic index γ > 2 and with derivatives of densities that go smoothly to zero at the boundary. The global stability limits fit remarkably well Toomre's necessary conditions for local stability. I also find that for disks with adiabatic index γ = 2, Toomre's necessary local criterion is indeed a sufficient global condition for stability.

AB - Radial stability conditions of self-gravitating, finite disks in non-uniform rotations are obtained by minimizing their energy keeping, mass and circulations constant. These global stability conditions are necessary and sufficient since no gyroscopic terms appear in the perturbed equations. This energy principle is applied to a class of finite differentially rotating disks with adiabatic index γ > 2 and with derivatives of densities that go smoothly to zero at the boundary. The global stability limits fit remarkably well Toomre's necessary conditions for local stability. I also find that for disks with adiabatic index γ = 2, Toomre's necessary local criterion is indeed a sufficient global condition for stability.

KW - Energy variational principle

KW - Self-gravitating systems

KW - Stability of fluids

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U2 - 10.1016/j.physleta.2009.01.060

DO - 10.1016/j.physleta.2009.01.060

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AN - SCOPUS:60649088227

SN - 0375-9601

VL - 373

SP - 1170

EP - 1176

JO - Physics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics

JF - Physics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics

IS - 12-13

ER -