A modeling of the super-Eddington luminosity in Nova outbursts: V1974 Cygni

Mariko Kato, Izumi Hachisu

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We have modeled nova light curves exceeding the Eddington luminosity. It has been suggested that a porous structure develops in nova envelopes during the super-Eddington phase and that the effective opacity is much reduced for such a porous atmosphere. Based on this reduced opacity model, we have calculated envelope structures and light curves of novae. The optically thick wind model is used to simulate nova winds. We find that the photospheric luminosity and the wind mass-loss rate increase inversely proportional to the reducing factor of opacities but that the wind velocity hardly changes. We also reproduce the optical light curve of V1974 Cygni (Nova Cygni 1992) in the super-Eddington phase, which lasts 13 days from the optical peak 1.7 mag above the Eddington luminosity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L117-L120
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 II
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Nov 10
Externally publishedYes


  • Novae, cataclysmic variables
  • Stars: individual (V1974 Cygni)
  • Stars: interiors
  • Stars: mass loss
  • White dwarfs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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