TNR on top of accreting WDs: 2-D simulations

SA Glasner, E Livne, JW Truran

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Spherically symmetric models for classical novae as thermonuclear runaways (TNR) of hydrogen-rich, accreted, envelopes on top of cold white dwarfs (WD) are in very good agreement with observations (Starrfield, Sparks & Truran 1974, 1985; Prialnik, Shara & Shaviv 1978; Prialnik 1986; MacDonald 1980). Multi-dimensional investigations are needed since the burning rate is very sensitive to the temperature and small fluctuations in temperature can lead to large differences between the flash times of different points on the burning shell; these differences can be much larger than the rise time of the nova light curve. Convection is assumed to be the mechanism that couples the burning process at different points in the shell so that the overall phenomena is spherically symmetric.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationCataclysmic Variables and Related Objects
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 158th Colloquium of the International Astronomical Union, Held at Keele, United Kingdom, June 26–30, 1995
EditorsA. Evans, Janet H. Wood
Place of PublicationNetherlands
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-009-0325-8
ISBN (Print)978-0-7923-4195-6, 978-94-010-6632-7
StatePublished - 1996

Publication series

NameAstrophysics and Space Science Library
ISSN (Print)0067-0057
ISSN (Electronic)2214-7985


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