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Analyzing Azimuthal Distortions
[Comment by J. E. Tohline on 24 May 2016] This chapter contains a set of technical notes and accompanying discussion that I put together several months ago as I was trying to gain a foundational understanding of the results of a large study of instabilities in selfgravitating tori published by the Imamura & Hadley collaboration. I have come to appreciate that some of the logic and interpretation of published results that are presented, below, has serious flaws. Therefore, anyone reading this should be quite cautious in deciding what subsections provide useful insight. I have written a separate chapter titled, "Characteristics of Unstable Eigenvectors in SelfGravitating Tori," that contains a much more trustworthy analysis of this very interesting problem.
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In what follows, we will draw heavily from three publications: (1) J. E. Tohline & I. Hachisu (1990, ApJ, 361, 394407) — hereafter, TH90 — (2) J. W. Woodward, J. E. Tohline, & I. Hachisu (1994, ApJ, 420, 247267) — hereafter, WTH94 — and (3) K. Hadley & J. N. Imamura (2011, Astrophysics and Space Science, 334, 1) — hereafter, HI11.
Adopted Notation
Beginning with equation (2) of TH90 but ignoring variations in the vertical coordinate direction, the mass density is given by the expression,



where it is understood that , which defines the structure of the initial axisymmetric equilibrium configuration, is generally a function of the cylindrical radial coordinate, .
Using the subscript, , to identify the timeinvariant coefficients and functions that characterize the intrinsic eigenvector of each azimuthal eigenmode, and acknowledging that the associated eigenfrequency will in general be imaginary, that is,



we expect each unstable mode to display the following behavior:









Adopting Kojima's (1986) notation, that is, defining,

and 

the eigenvector's behavior can furthermore be described by the expression,






Note that, as viewed from a frame of reference that is rotating with the mode pattern frequency,
we should find an eigenvector of the form,



whose relative amplitude — with a radial structure as specified inside the curly braces — is undergoing a uniform exponential growth but is otherwise unchanging.
Drawing from figure 2 of WTH94, our Figure 1, immediately below, illustrates how the behavior of each factor in this expression can reveal itself during a numerical simulation that follows the timeevolutionary development of an unstable, nonaxisymmetric eigenmode. The initial model for this depicted evolution (model O3 from Table 1 of WTH94) is a zeromass — that is, it is a PapaloizouPringle like torus — with polytropic index,, and a rotationlaw profile defined by uniform specific angular momentum.
 The topleft panel shows how, at any radial location, the phase angle, , for the eigenmode, varies with time, , where, is the rotation period at the density maximum;
 Using a semilog plot, the topright panel shows the exponential growth of the amplitude of three separate modes: The dominant unstable mode, displaying the largest amplitude, is .
 Using a semilog plot (log amplitude versus fractional radius, ), the bottomleft panel displays the shape of the eigenfunction, , for the unstable, mode;
 The bottomright panel displays the radial dependence of the equatorialplane phase angle, , for the unstable, mode; this is what HI11 refer to as the "constant phase locus."
Figure 1 
Four panels extracted^{†} from figure 2, p. 252 of J. W. Woodward, J. E. Tohline & I. Hachisu (1994)
"The Stability of Thick, Selfgravitating Disks in Protostellar Systems"
ApJ, vol. 420, pp. 247267 © American Astronomical Society 
^{†}As displayed here, the layout of figure panels (a, b, c, d) has been modified from the original publication layout; otherwise, each panel is unmodified. 
Empirical Construction of Eigenvector
Summary
While studying the series of three papers that was published recently by the Imamura & Hadley collaboration, I was particularly drawn to the pair of plots presented in Figure 6 — and, again, in the top portion of Figure 13 — of HI11. This pair of plots has been reprinted here, without modification, as our Figure 2. As in the bottom two panels of our Figure 1, the curves delineated by the blue dots in this pair of HI11 plots display (on the left) the shape of the eigenfunction, , and (on the right) the "constant phase locus," , for an unstable, mode. In this case, the initial model for the depicted evolution is the equilibrium model from Table 2 of HI11 that has ; it is a fully selfgravitating torus with polytropic index, , and a rotationlaw profile defined by a "Keplerian" angular velocity profile.
Figure 2 
Panel pair extracted^{†} without modification from the topmost segment of Figure 13, p. 12 of K. Hadley & J. N. Imamura (2011)
"Nonaxisymmetric Instabilities of SelfGravitating Disks. I Toroids"
Astrophysics and Space Science, 334, 1  26 © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 
^{†}This pair of plots also appears, by itself, as Figure 6 on p. 12 of K. Hadley & J. N. Imamura (2011). 
Figure 3: Our Empirically Constructed Eigenvector 

Left panel: A plot of our empirically constructed radial amplitude function, ; the function has been normalized as explained in the boxedin PRACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION remark, below. Right panel: A plot of our empirically constructed phase function, with ; after extraction from the animation sequence presented in Figure 4, here each point along this "constant phase locus" has been shifted by an additional phase of in order to better highlight its resemblance to the HI11 "constant phase locus" plot shown in the righthand panel of our Figure 2. In both panels, blue dots trace the function's behavior over the inner region of the torus and green dots trace the function's behavior over the outer region of the torus . 
As is described in the subsections that follow, we have devised two related and relatively simple analytic expressions whose behaviors, as a function of , qualitatively resemble the two blue, HI11 curves. Our two empirically constructed functions have been plotted in Figure 3, immediately below Figure 2, to aid visual comparison with the eigenfunctions that were generated by HI11 via a proper stability analysis. Next we describe the thought process that led to the construction of the amplitude and phase eigenfunctions presented in Figure 3.
Radial Eigenfunction
It occurred to me, first, that the blue curve displayed in the lefthand panel of HI11's figure 6 (our Figure 2) might be reasonably well approximated by piecing together a pair of archyperbolictangent (ATANH) functions. In an effort to demonstrate this, I began by specifying a "midway" radial location, at which the two ATANH functions meet and at which the density fluctuation is smallest. Then I defined a function of the form,



for 


and  



for 

This empirically specified, twopiece function has been plotted in the lefthand panel of Figure 3. (To facilitate quantitative comparison with Figure 2, the function has been normalized as explained in the boxedin PRACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION remark that follows.) Blue dots trace the function's behavior over the lower radialcoordinate range while green dots trace its behavior over the upper radialcoordinate range. This plot of closely resembles the plot of the eigenfunction, (see the lefthand panel of our Figure 2) that developed spontaneously via HI11's linear stability analysis.
PRACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION: At the two limits, and , the function, ; while, at the limit, , the function, . In practice, after dividing the relevant radial extent into 100 zones, we stay half of a radial zone away from these three limiting radial boundaries, so that the maximum and minimum values of are finite; specifically, in the example plotted here, we have set and . Then we strategically employ the finite values of the function at these nearboundary limits to rescale the function such that, in the plot shown here, it lies between 3 (minimum amplitude) and 0 (maximum amplitude). 
Recognizing that the figure depicting the HI11 eigenfunction is a semilog plot, it seems clear that the relationship between our constructed function, , and the eigenfunction, , is,
Now, in general, the following mathematical relation holds:



for 

Hence, for the innermost region of the toroidal configuration — that is, over the lower radialcoordinate range — we can set,












Therefore we can write,



for 

Similarly, we find that, over the upper radialcoordinate range,



for 

Constant Phase Loci
Now let's work on the phase function, . The phase function displayed in the righthand panel of our Figure 2 — that is, the phase function that developed spontaneously from the linear stability analysis performed by HI11 — appears to be fairly constant (i.e., the phase is independent of radius) in the innermost region of the torus and, then again, fairly constant in the outermost region of the torus with a smooth but fairly rapid phase shift of approximately radians between the two extremes. This is the behavior exhibited by an arctangent (ATAN) function. With this in mind, we have defined a new function, , in terms of our empirically derived radial eigenfunction, , as follows:



It has the following behavior:
 At the inner edge of the torus , where , ;
 At , where , ;
 At the outer edge of the torus , where again , .
This function can therefore satisfactorily serve as an argument of the ATAN function, swinging the phase by over the inner (blue) region of the torus, then swinging the phase by an additional over the outer (green) region of the torus. If we furthermore multiply the function by a variable coefficient — call it, — before feeding it to the ATAN function, we can adjust the thickness of the radial domain over which the total phase transition occurs. What appears to work well is the following:



for 

and



for 

In the lefthand panel of Figure 4, the "constant phase loci" defined by this empirically constructed phase function have been mapped onto a polarcoordinate grid for ten different values of the leading coefficient in the range, , as recorded in the bottomright corner of the plot. The constant phase locus created by setting has been singled out and displayed in the middle panel of Figure 4, because it closely resembles the "constant phase locus" published by HI11a (reprinted here as the righthand panel of Figure 4 to facilitate comparison).
Figure 4  

Constant Phase Loci Generated by Our Empirically Constructed Phase Function,  HI11's Published Constant Phase Loci  
Ten Values of  For  
Discussion
Simpler Connection Between Radial and Phase Eigenfunctions
When it is used as an argument of ATAN, the function, , as defined above smoothly steers through a phase shift of approximately radians principally because the function itself smoothly varies between and (then back again). Let's play with some simpler expressions for this governing function that also vary smoothly between these limits.
Define,



has range of 




has range of 

The argument of ATANH, as presented above, was obtained from this relatively simple expression via the shift,



has range of 




has range of 

For the argument of function, we could therefore use,



has range of 




has range of 

Playing with the Radial Eigenfunction
Up to this point, we've only considered radial eigenfunctions composed of two components (a "blue" inner component and a "green" outer component) that do not overlap. Here we'll allow the two components to overlap by assigning different values of to the two separate components — more specifically, we'll allow — then add the two functions over the region of overlap. Let's consider components of the following form:



for 

and,



for 

where, is a exponent yet to be specified. So, for fixed values of the inner and outer radii of the torus, and , this twocomponent function has three adjustable variables. They are, , , and .
Experimenting
In Figure 5, and are fixed, and is varied.
Figure 5: Variable exponent, 

, … , 
In this example, the exponent, , is varied over the range, , as indicated by the numerical values shown in the upperlefthand corner of each panel. 
Based on the above discussion, I expected that the best match to the eigenfunctions found in HI11 would be , that is, a squareroot. However, as illustrated in Figure 5, this and other fractional exponents less than unity generate noncontinuous derivatives at the overlapping edges of our twopiece function. Instead, a value of seems to exhibit a more desired, smooth behavior.
In Figure 6, and are fixed, and is varied.
Figure 6: Variable 

, … , 
In this example, the "blue" edge is varied over the range, , as indicated by the numerical values shown in the upperlefthand corner of each panel. 
The frames of Figure 6 illustrate the qualitative behavior we have been seeking. Setting the exponent, , to a value greater than unity then varying one of the edges of the twopart eigenfunction provides a natural variation from "pointed" curves that look like adjoined archyperbolic tangents to others that look more like a parabola.
Trial Comparison with HI11
In Figure 7, we show how a straightforward, smooth adjustment of one parameter — namely, — generates a series of eigenfunctions that nicely match the set of radial eigenfunctions that are displayed in Figure 16 of HI11.
Figure 7: Radial Eigenfunction Comparison 

(a) Extracted from Figure 16 of HI11  (b) Our Empirically Constructed Function 
Here we set , , , and , then let the "green" edge vary over the range, . Via an animation, the middle panel illustrates the behavior of our empirically constructed eigenfunction over this entire range of values as indicated by the numerical value shown in the bottomrighthand corner of the panel; the top and bottom panels display the shape of our eigenfunction at the two extreme values of . 
Relationship to Fourier Series Amplitude and Phase
Recalling that,



we appreciate that the real part of the amplitude term — the term inside the curly braces of the expression found in Figure 1, above — can be written as,



When viewed in the context of a discrete Fourier series, we also recognize that the two functions, and , can be transformed into the pair of amplitude functions,

and 

that is,

and 

Let's see where these expression lead us, given our aboveadopted expressions for and . Given,



and,



where,



we have,









where,
Another Improvement
I've realized that the phase plot is much smoother — in particular, the derivatives of both segments appear to match at their point of intersection — if we use , instead of simply , as the argument of the arctangent function. So, we define,



and henceforth will set,

With this new argument for the arctangent function, we have,












where,
and,
Specific Application to HI11's Figure 16
Next, let's see how well we can match the eigenmode structures presented in Figure 16 of HI11 by varying only a single parameter in our expression for . Given the radial locations of the inner and outer edges of the torus (normalized to the location of the density maximum; see the last two columns of our Table 1), and , we set up an Excel spreadsheet with 199 radial zones spanning this range of radii.
Table 1: HI11 Model Parameters  
Extracted from Table 2 of HI11  Deduced Here  
Specifically, in Excel we set,









Table 2 tabulates the value of over a range of radii for the specific case when we set .
Table 2:
Lefthand (blue) segment of eigenfunction 



Example Excel Grid Zone  Function Evaluated  
1  0.615395  287.78  5.6622 
2  0.61979  123.92  4.8197 
32  0.75164  3.04791  1.1145 
50  0.83075  1.3195  0.27733 
62  0.88349  0.79107  0.23437 
82  0.97139  0.31121  1.1673 
92  1.01534  0.16987  1.7727 
102  1.05929  0.06908  2.6725 
112  1.10324  0.003475  5.66220 
Then, for two separate choices of — specifically, 1.05929 and 0.61979 — Table 3 lists values of at various radial positions across the HI11 torus. Given values of and at each radial position, Table 3 also lists corresponding values of , , and . Notice that the values of (highlighted in yellow) and (highlighted in orange) that are used in the calculation of depend on the choice of .
Table 3:
Righthand (green) segment, and total eigenfunction 

Example Excel Grid Zone  Functions Evaluated^{†}  

199  1.485605  242.17  0.0  +5.490  0.9897  0.4212  
151  1.274645  1.00000  0.0  0.000  0.5750  0.3695  
112  1.10324  0.073556  0.003475  2.564  0.1662  0.1868  
106  1.07687  0.022632  0.038349  2.797  0.0000  0.0000  
103  1.063685  0.004129  0.060897  2.733  0.0871  +0.1068  
1  0.615395  0.0  287.78  +5.662  1.0000  +0.4220  

199  1.485605  566.71  0.0  +6.340  1.0000  0.4220  
151  1.274645  3.79829  0.0  +1.335  0.4673  0.3436  
112  1.10324  1.30705  0.003475  +0.270  0.2285  0.2357  
106  1.07687  1.12898  0.038349  +0.155  0.1848  0.2026  
103  1.063685  1.04969  0.060897  +0.105  0.1623  0.1833  
83  0.975785  0.64322  0.29488  0.064  0.0000  0.0000  
1  0.615395  0.0  287.78  +5.662  0.9456  +0.4177  
^{†}Throughout this table, the phase angle, , has been calculated assuming that , and it has been assigned a positive (negative) value if is inside (outside) the radial location (identified in red) of the minimum function value, . 
The miniaturized image displayed near the top of the leftmost column of Table 3 contains a pair of plots associated with our choice of the parameter, : On the left is a semilog plot of the eigenfunction, versus — actually, versus — and on the right is a plot in polar coordinates of versus , that is, a "constant phase locus" plot. In an analogous manner, the miniaturized image displayed near the bottom of the leftmost column of Table 3 contains a semilog plot of the radial eigenfunction and a polar plot of the "constant phase locus" associated with our choice of the parameter, . The pair of plots found in each of these miniaturized images also appear within a single frame of the animation that is displayed in Figure 8, below. Each frame of the animation is stamped with the numerical value corresponding to the radial coordinate, , at which the eigenfunction has its minimum (see the red numbers in Table 3). In the case of , we find ; and in the case of , we find .
Figure 8: Radial and Azimuthal Eigenfunction Comparison 

(a) Our Empirically Constructed Function  (b) Extracted from Figure 16 of HI11  

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Attempts to Match Pmodes and Emodes
Based especially on the analysis provided in Paper I and Paper II of the Imamura & Hadley collaboration, the eigenvectors that have drawn our attention thus far can be categorized as Jmodes (as discussed, for example, in §3.2.1, Table 1 & Figure 2 of Paper II) or Imodes. Our empirically derived phase function needs to be altered in order to provide reasonable fits to the constant phase loci associated with Pmodes and edgemodes (as discussed, for example in §3.2.2, Table2, Figures 3 & 4 of Paper II). We begin by constructing a table of equilibrium parameter values for the typical P and Emode models described in Table 2 of Paper II.
Setup
Table 4: P and Emode Model Parameters Highlighted in Paper II K. Z. Hadley, P. Fernandez, J. N. Imamura, E. Keever, R. Tumblin, & W. Dumas (2014, Astrophysics and Space Science, 353, 191222)  
Extracted from Table 2 or Table 4 of Paper II  Deduced Here  Extracted from Fig. 3 or Fig. 4 of Paper II  
Name  ^{†}  Eigenfunction  
E1  
E2  
E3  
P1  
P2  
P3  
P4  
^{†}In all three papers from the Imamura & Hadley collaboration, means, "uniform specific angular momentum." 
As in our separate summary discussion, our twopiece radial eigenfunction is defined by the expressions,



for 
… otherwise, 
and,



for 
… otherwise, 
where, . The expression that we are currently using for the radial eigenfunction is a sum of these two pieces, that is,

Over the inner ("blue") region of the torus, we will continue to use the phasefunction prescription that has been described in our separate summary discussion, namely,

where, is a constant,






and, is the radial location of the minimum of the radial eigenfunction, . Over the outer ("green") region of the torus, however, we now adopt a different prescription for the phase function, namely,

where, is a constant.
Application to Specific Models
In what follows, we pick a model from Table 4, and extract from that model the locations of the inner and outer radii of the torus, namely, and . Then, in an effort to construct an eigenvector that matches the behavior shown in the corresponding Paper II plots (as reprinted, here, in the last column of our Table 4) over the innermost region of the configuration — that is, the region around the innermost and most prominent minimum of the radial eigenfunction — we assign a value to that roughly corresponds to the radial location of the first (innermost) minimum, and we assign a value to that roughly corresponds to the radial location of the second minimum. We set for each model, because, following Hadley et al. (2014), we are focusing only on unstable P and Emodes having "barlike" structures; and, as above, when descritizing each model within Excel, we set,






Then, for each model, we adjusted the values of five free parameters until a reasonably good fit to both the published radial eigenfunction and "constant phase locus" was obtained over the innermost region of the model. The five adjustable parameters are: and .
Table 5: Model E2^{‡}  
Model Parameters  Results from Paper II (Hadley et al. 2014) Simulation  
Our Empirically Constructed Eigenvector  
^{‡}Note the following:

Table 6: Model E3^{‡}  
Model Parameters  Results from Paper II (Hadley et al. 2014) Simulation  
Our Empirically Constructed Eigenvector  
^{‡}Note the following:

Table 7: Model P1^{‡}  
Model Parameters  Results from Paper II (Hadley et al. 2014) Simulation  
Our Empirically Constructed Eigenvector  
^{‡}Note the following:

See Also
 Imamura & Hadley collaboration:
 Paper I: K. Hadley & J. N. Imamura (2011, Astrophysics and Space Science, 334, 126), "Nonaxisymmetric instabilities in selfgravitating disks. I. Toroids" — In this paper, Hadley & Imamura perform linear stability analyses on fully selfgravitating toroids; that is, there is no central pointlike stellar object and, hence, .
 Paper II: K. Z. Hadley, P. Fernandez, J. N. Imamura, E. Keever, R. Tumblin, & W. Dumas (2014, Astrophysics and Space Science, 353, 191222), "Nonaxisymmetric instabilities in selfgravitating disks. II. Linear and quasilinear analyses" — In this paper, the Imamura & Hadley collaboration performs "an extensive study of nonaxisymmetric global instabilities in thick, selfgravitating stardisk systems creating a large catalog of star/disk systems … for star masses of and inner to outer edge aspect ratios of ."
 Paper III: K. Z. Hadley, W. Dumas, J. N. Imamura, E. Keever, & R. Tumblin (2015, Astrophysics and Space Science, 359, article id. 10, 23 pp.), "Nonaxisymmetric instabilities in selfgravitating disks. III. Angular momentum transport" — In this paper, the Imamura & Hadley collaboration carries out nonlinear simulations of nonaxisymmetric instabilities found in selfgravitating star/disk systems and compares these results with the linear and quasilinear modeling results presented in Papers I and II.
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