Numerical Study of Colliding Winds in Massive Stars

Amit Kashi, Amir Michaelis

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We run a numerical experiment ejecting stellar winds in a very massive binary system measuring the properties of the resulting colliding wind structure and accreted mass onto the companion under different conditions. Colliding massive binaries interact and create a colliding wind structure with a shape that depends on the momentum ratio, orbital motion, distance between the stars, and other factors. We run simulations of a static LBV-WR binary and in each simulation abruptly varying the mass loss rate of the LBV from the fiducial value. The modified wind front propagates and interacts with the previous colliding wind structure, and modifies its shape. We calculate the emitted X-ray from the interaction and investigate the proprieties of the new shape. We derive the mass accretion rate onto the secondary, and find that it depends on the momentum ratio of the winds. We then add orbital velocity that reduces the mass accretion rate, a similar behaviour as the analytical estimates based on modified Bondi–Hoyle–Lyttleton. Creating a large set of simulations like those presented here can allow constraining parameters for specific colliding wind binaries and derive their stellar parameters and orbital solution.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2022


  • binaries: general
  • methods: numerical
  • stars: massive
  • stars: winds, outflows
  • stars: Wolf–Rayet


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