Instability & Mass Loss near the Eddington Limit

  title={Instability \& Mass Loss near the Eddington Limit},
  author={Stanley P. Owocki and N. J. Shaviv},
We review the physics of continuum-driven mass loss and its likely role in η Carinae and LBVs. Unlike a line-driven wind, which is inherently limited by self-shadowing, continuum driving can in principle lead to mass-loss rates up to the “photon-tiring” limit, for which the entire luminosity is expended in lifting the outflow. We discuss how instabilities near the Eddington limit give rise to a clumped atmosphere, and how the associated “porosity” can regulate a continuum-driven flow. We also… 
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  • Shaviv
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    The Astrophysical journal
  • 2000
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