Obscuration model of variability in AGN

Czerny, B.; Abrassart, A.; Collin-Souffrin, S.; Dumont, A.-M.
April 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 510 Issue 1, p415
Academic Journal
There are strong suggestions that the disk-like accretion flow onto massive black hole in AGN is disrupted in its innermost part (10–100 Rg), possibly due to the radiation pressure instability. It may form a hot optically thin quasi spherical (ADAF) flow surrounded by or containing denser clouds due to the disruption of the disk. Such clouds might be optically thick, with a Thompson depth of order of 10 or more. Within the frame of this cloud scenario [1,2], obscuration events are expected and the effect would be seen as a variability. We consider excepted random variability due to statistical dispersion in location of clouds along the line of sight for a constant covering factor. We discuss a simple analytical toy model which provides us with the estimates of the mean spectral properties and variability amplitude of AGN, and we support them with radiative transfer computations done with the use of TITAN code of [3] and NOAR code of [4]. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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