Simulations of the symbiotic recurrent nova V407 Cyg. I. Accretion and shock evolutions

Ricker, Paul. M. and Taam, Ronald E. and Pan , Kuo-Chuan. (2015) Simulations of the symbiotic recurrent nova V407 Cyg. I. Accretion and shock evolutions. The Astrophysical Journal, 806 (1). p. 27.

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The shock interaction and evolution of nova ejecta with a wind from a red giant star in a symbiotic binary system are investigated via three-dimensional hydrodynamics simulations. We specifically model the March 2010 outburst of the symbiotic recurrent nova V407~Cygni from the quiescent phase to its eruption phase. The circumstellar density enhancement due to wind-white dwarf interaction is studied in detail. It is found that the density-enhancement efficiency depends on the ratio of the orbital speed to the red giant wind speed. Unlike another recurrent nova, RS~Ophiuchi, we do not observe a strong disk-like density enhancement, but instead observe an aspherical density distribution with ∼20% higher density in the equatorial plane than at the poles. To model the 2010 outburst, we consider several physical parameters, including the red giant mass loss rate, nova eruption energy, and ejecta mass. A detailed study of the shock interaction and evolution reveals that the interaction of shocks with the red giant wind generates strong Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities. In addition, the presence of the companion and circumstellar density enhancement greatly alter the shock evolution during the nova phase. The ejecta speed after sweeping out most of the circumstellar medium decreases to ∼100−300 km-s−1, depending on model, which is consistent with the observed extended redward emission in [N~II] lines in April 2011.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Physik > Physik > Theoretische Physik Astrophysik (Thielemann)
UniBasel Contributors:Pan, Kuo-Chuan
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:The American Astronomical Society
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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