Optically thick wind solutions for an extremely rapid light curve of recurrent novae

Mariko Kato

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Wind mass-loss solutions and theoretical light curves for rapid outbursts of recurrent novae are presented for a wide range of parameters of white-dwarf masses of 1.2, 1.3, 1.35, and 1.377 M(fisheye) with envelope compositions of X = 0.7, 0.35, and 0.1 and heavy element contents of Z = 0.001, 0.004, 0.01, 0.02, 0.05, and 0.1. Very rapid optical decline (t3 < 10 days) is obtained only in very massive white dwarfs ( > 1.35 M(fisheye)) for Z = 0.02. Systematic differences of evolutionary time-scale and of the wind velocity are predicted between novae of Populations I and II. The light-curve fittings of four recurrent novae U Sco, V394 CrA, T CrB, and V745 Sco, show that these systems contain a very massive white dwarf of mass 1.35-1.38 M(fisheye).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-535
Number of pages11
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of Japan
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Stars: Novae
  • Stars: Population II
  • Stars: individual (U Scorpii, V394 Coronae Australis, T coronae Borealis, V745 Scorpii)
  • Stars: mass loss
  • Stars: white dwarfs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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