TNR on Top of Accreting WDS: 2-D Simulations

  • S. A. Glasner
  • E. Livne
  • J. W. Truran
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 208)


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.


Burning Rate White Dwarf Convective Cell Subsonic Flow Cataclysmic Variable 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. A. Glasner
    • 1
  • E. Livne
    • 1
  • J. W. Truran
    • 2
  1. 1.Racah Institute of PhysicsThe Hebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Lab. for Astrophysics and Space Research, Enrico Fermi InstituteUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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