Volume 388, Number 2, June III 2002
|Page(s)||531 - 539|
|Section||Interstellar and circumstellar matter|
|Published online||31 May 2002|
Multicomponent radiatively driven stellar winds
III. Radiative-acoustic waves in a two-component wind
Ústav teoretické fyziky a astrofyziky PřF MU, Kotlářská 2, 611 37 Brno, Czech Republic
2 Astronomický ústav, Akademie věd České republiky, 251 65 Ondřejov, Czech Republic
Corresponding author: J. Krtička, email@example.com
Accepted: 8 March 2002
We study the stability of isothermal two-component radiatively driven stellar winds to one-dimensional perturbations larger than the Sobolev length, and radiative-acoustic waves in such stellar winds. We perform linear perturbation analysis in comoving fluid-frames of individual components and obtain the dispersion relation in the common fluid frame. For high density winds the difference between velocities of both components is relatively small and the wind is stable for radiative-acoustic waves discovered originally by Abbott, in accordance with the previous studies of the one-component wind. However, for such high density winds we found new types of waves, including a special case of “frozen-in” wavy patterns. On the other hand, if the velocity difference between wind components is sufficiently large (for low density winds) then the multicomponent stellar wind is unstable even for large-scale perturbations and ion runaway occurs. Thus, isothermal two-component stationary solutions of the radiatively line-driven stellar wind with an abrupt lowering of the velocity gradient are unstable.
Key words: stars: mass-loss / stars: early-type / hydrodynamics / instabilities / waves
© ESO, 2002
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