Radiation Pressure-supported Starburst Disks and Active Galactic Nucleus Fueling

@article{Thompson2005RadiationPS,
  title={Radiation Pressure-supported Starburst Disks and Active Galactic Nucleus Fueling},
  author={Todd A. Thompson and Eliot Quataert and Norman W. Murray},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2005},
  volume={630},
  pages={167 - 185}
}
We consider the structure of marginally Toomre-stable starburst disks under the assumption that radiation pressure on dust grains provides the dominant vertical support against gravity. This assumption is particularly appropriate when the disk is optically thick to its own infrared radiation, as in the central regions of ULIRGs. We argue that because the disk radiates at its Eddington limit (for dust), the "Schmidt law" for star formation changes in the optically thick limit, with the star… 

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