The act of corotating.
Verbal noun of → corotate.
Fr.: rayon de corotation
1) In the → X-wind model of → accretion,
the distance from the star where the → centrifugal force
on a particle corotating with the star balances the
→ gravitational attraction; in other words, where the
→ accretion disk rotates at the same
→ angular velocity as the star.
Fr.: résonance de corotation
That condition of a → galactic disk at an orbital radius in which the → angular velocity of the disk equals the → pattern speed. It is significant that the spiral wave pattern rotates as a rigid body (ΩP = const), whereas the galactic disk rotates differentially (Ω is a function of galactocentric distance r). The distance rC at which the two angular velocities coincide (Ω(rC) = ΩP) is referred to as the → corotation radius. The corotation resonance and its position within the galaxy is one of the fundamental properties of a spiral galaxy.