Accretion from an inhomogeneous medium - III. General case and observational consequences

M. Livio, N. Soker, M. de Kool, G. J. Savonije

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Abstract

We study the problem of accretion by a compact object from an inhomogeneous medium, in the general γ ≠ 1 case. The mass accretion rate is found to decrease with increasing γ. The rate of accretion of angular momentum is found to be significantly lower than the rate at which angular momentum is deposited into the Bondi-Hoyle, symmetrical, accretion cylinder. We discuss the consequences of our results for the cases of neutron stars accreting from the winds of early-type companions and white dwarfs and main-sequence stars accreting from winds of cool giants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-250
Number of pages16
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume222
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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