Accretion disks in compact stellar systems containing white dwarfs, neutron stars or black holes are the principal laboratory for understanding the role of accretion disks in a wide variety of environments from proto-stars to quasars. Recent work on disk instabilities and dynamics has given a new theoretical framework with which to study accretion disks. Modeling of time-dependent phenomena provides new insight into the causes and interpretation of photometric and spectroscopic variability and new constraints on the fundamental physical problem - the origin of viscosity in accretion disks. This book contains expert reviews on the nature of limit cycle thermal instabilities and a variety of closely related topics from the theory of angular momentum transport to eclipse mapping of the disk structure. The result is a comprehensive contemporary survey of the structure and evolution of accretion disks in compact binary systems.
Disk instabilities in stellar accretion disks, J. Cannizzo and F. Meyer; angular momentum transport in low mass accretion disks, E.T. Vishniac; emission lines from accretion disks, E.L. Robinson; eclipse mapping of accretion disks, K. Horne; disk atmospheres, G. Shaviv; discs and magnetospheres, A. King; winds and boundary layers in accretion disks, J. Drew; the stream-disk interaction, M. Livio; non-axisymmetric structures of accretion disks in close binary systems, Y. Osaki; X-ray observations of accretion disks, H. Inoue; illumination models for soft X-ray transients, A. King; black hole accretion disk instabilities, S. Mineshige.