The theory of steady‐state super‐Eddington winds and its application to novae

  title={The theory of steady‐state super‐Eddington winds and its application to novae},
  author={Nir J. Shaviv},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  • N. Shaviv
  • Published 30 August 2000
  • Physics
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
We present a model for steady state winds of systems with super-Eddington luminosities. These radiatively driven winds are expected to be optically thick and clumpy as they arise from an instability driven porous atmosphere. The model is then applied to derive the mass loss observed in bright classical novae. The main results are: 1) A general relation between the mass loss rate and the total luminosity in super-Eddington systems. 2) A quantitative agreement between the observed luminosity… 

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