We have carried out a linear analysis of accretion shocks with multiple cooling processes and different electron and ion temperatures. We found that the decoupling of the electron and ion temperatures can introduce instability. A cyclotron-cooling dominated shock, which is generally stable if the electrons and ions have equal temperatures, can become unstable when the electron and ion temperatures are decoupled.
Annapolis Workshop on Magnetic Cataclysmic Variables
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- ACCRETION SHOCKS;
- STABILITY ANALYSIS