The Paczynski-Wiita potential. A step-by-step

@article{Abramowicz2009ThePP,
  title={The Paczynski-Wiita potential. A step-by-step},
  author={M. Abramowicz},
  journal={Astronomy and Astrophysics},
  year={2009}
}
  • M. Abramowicz
  • Published 2009
  • Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Paczynski realized that a properly chosen gravitational potential may accurately model (in a ``pseudo Newtonian'' theory) general relativistic effects that determine the motion of matter near a nonrotating black hole. Paczynski's choice, known today as the ``Paczynski-Wiita potential'', proved to be very practical. It was used by numerous researchers in the black-hole accretion theory and became a standard tool in relativistic astrophysics. The model is an example of Paczynski's admired ability… CONTINUE READING
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