Ivan Hubený30 min

Radiative Transfer and Vertical Structure of Black-hole Accretion Disks

Models of vertical structure of black-hole accretion disks that include explicit radiation transport and departures from Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium are briefly reviewed. An emphasis is given to the proper treatment of Compton scattering and external irradiation of the disk, both an irradiation from a corona, as well as a self-irradiation of the disk. Future extensions to multi-dimensional models are briefly outlined.