M. Curé 1 - D. F. Rial 2
1 - Departamento de Física y Meteorología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile
2 - Departamento de Matemáticas, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Received 24 February 2004 / Accepted 26 August 2004
The topological analysis from Bjorkman (1995) for the standard model that describes the winds from hot stars by Castor et al. (1975) has been extended to include the effect of stellar rotation and changes in the ionization of the wind. The differential equation for the momentum of the wind is non-linear and transcendental for the velocity gradient. Due to this non-linearity the number of solutions that this equation possess is not known. After a change of variables and the introduction of a new physically meaningless independent variable, we manage to replace the non-linear momentum differential equation by a system of differential equations where all the derivatives are explicitely given. We then use this system of equations to study the topology of the rotating-CAK model. For the particular case when the wind is frozen in ionization () only one physical solution is found, the standard CAK solution, with a X-type singular point. For the more general case ( ), besides the standard CAK singular point, we find a second singular point which is focal-type (or attractor). We find also, that the wind does not adopt the maximal mass-loss rate but almost the minimal.
Key words: hydrodynamics - methods: analytical - stars: early-type - stars: mass-loss - stars: rotation - stars: winds, outflows
Since the launch of the first satellite with a telescope on board, it has been established the widespread presence of stellar winds from hot stars. These winds are driven by the transfer of momentum of the radiation field to the gas by scattering of radiation in spectral lines (Lucy & Solomon 1970). The theory of radiation driven stellar winds is the standard tool to describe the observed properties of the winds from these stars. Castor et al. (1975, hereafter "CAK'') obtained an analytical hydrodynamic model for these winds, based in the Sobolev approximation. The CAK model has been improved by Friend & Abbott (1986, "FA'') and Pauldrach et al. (1986, "PPK''), giving a general agreement with the observations. For a extended review see Kudritzki & Puls (2000, "KP'') and references therein.
This agreement with the observations led to the development of a new method to determine galactic distances using Supergiants as targets, namely the Wind Momentum Luminosity relationship ("WML'', Kudritzki et al. 1999; KP, and references therein).
More detailed studies from Puls et al. (1996) and Lamers & Leitherer (1993) came to the conclusion that the line-driven wind theory shows a systematic discrepancy with the observations. Lamers & Leitherer (1993) suggest that this discrepancy may arise due to an inadequate treatment of multiple scattering. Abbott & Lucy (1985), Puls (1987) and Gayley et al. (1995) have shown that multiple scattering can provide an enhancement of the wind momentum over that from single scattering only by a factor of two - three for O stars (Abbott & Lucy 1985, found a factor of 3.3 for the wind of Pup).
Vink et al. (2000) calculate, including the multiple scattering effects, mass-loss rates for a grid of wind models that covers a wide range of stellar parameters. They found a much better agreement between theory and observation, concluding that the inclusion of multiple scattering increases the confidence of the WML relationship to derive extragalactic distances. In all the calculations involved in the WML relationship, the solution of the improved (or modified) CAK wind (hereafter m-CAK) is not used. Instead an ad hoc -field velocity profile is utilized (see KP; Vink et al. 2000).
The unsatisfactory results of the velocity field obtained from the m-CAK model when applied in the WML relationship could come from the complex structure of this non-linear transcendental equation for the velocity gradient and its solution schema. Due to this non-linearity in the momentum differential equation, there exist many solution branches in the integration domain. A physical solution that describes the observed winds must start at the stellar photosphere, satisfying certain boundary condition and reach infinity. There is no solution branch that covers the whole integration domain, thus a solution must pass through a singular point in order to match a second solution branch. Therefore, the solution in this second solution branch reaches infinity. To find the location of singular points is one of the most difficult aspects of topological analysis of non-linear differential equations.
Bjorkman (1995) performed a topological analysis of the CAK differential equation. He showed that the original solution from CAK, which passes through a X-type critical point and has a monotonically increasing velocity field, is the only physical solution that satisfies the condition of zero pressure at infinite radius. In this study Bjorkman did not include the influence of the star's rotational speed.
Although it is known that the line-force parameters (see below) are not constant through in the wind (Abbott 1982), the standard m-CAK model still uses these parameters as constant. For the particular case of extreme low metalicities, Kudritzki (2002) introduced a new treatment of the line-force with depth dependent radiative force multipliers. As a test, he applied this new treatment for the most massive and most luminous O stars in the Galaxy and in the Magellanic Clouds (due to the lower metalicity) finding an acceptable agreement between theory and observations. Then, it was used to understand the influence of stellar winds on the evolution of very massive stars in the early universe and on the interstellar medium in the early stages of galaxy formation.
On the other hand, it is known from observations, that all early type stars have moderate to large rotational speeds (Hutchings et al. 1979; Abt et al. 2002) and for Oe and Be stars, their rotational speed is a large fraction of their break-up speed (Slettebak 1976; Chauville et al. 2001). The incorporation of rotation in the CAK and m-CAK models has been studied by Castor (1979), Marlborough & Zamir (1984), FA and PPK, concluding that the effect of the centrifugal force results in a downstream-shift of the position of the singular point, a slightly lower terminal velocity and a slightly larger mass loss rate as a result of an increasing in the star's rotational speed. Maeder (2001) studied the influence of the stellar rotation in the WML relationship, finding just a very small effect on it.
A revision of the influence of the stellar rotation in radiation driven winds has been done by Curé (2004) finding that there exists a second singular point in these winds. He studied the case when the stellar rotational speed is high and found numerical solutions, that pass through this second singular point, and which are denser and slower than the standard m-CAK solution.
In view of these results, it is crucial to understand the solution topology of the standard model, forall when one wants to incorporate other physical processes into the theory.
The purpose of this article is to study the topology of the rotating-CAK model. In Sect. 2 we give a brief exposition of the radiation driven winds theory and the non-linear differential equation for the momentum, including rotation, is shown. In Sect. 3 after a coordinate transformation, we develop a general method that allows to replace the non-linear momentum equation in a simple and straightforward manner by a system of ordinary differential equations, where all the derivatives are explicitely given. In Sect. 4 a general condition for the eigenvalue of the problem is developed. This condition allows to classify the topology of the singular point (Saddle or Focal) and constrains the location of it in the integration domain. Section 5 is devoted to the application of the criteria developed in Sect. 4 for the rotating-CAK model. In Sect. 6 we show numerical results of this topological analysis, first for a wind frozen in ionization (setting the parameter of the line-force to zero) and compare our results with Bjorkman`s (1995) for the non-rotating CAK model and the rotating-CAK model from Marlborough & Zamir (1984). Furthermore, Sect. 6 shows the results of the influence of changes in the wind`s ionization structure ( ) on the topology and discuss the rotating-CAK wind model. Conclusion are in Sect. 7.
For a star with mass M, radius ,
effective temperature T and
luminosity L, the momentum equation with the inclusion of the centrifugal force due to star's
The standard parameterization of the line-force (Abbott 1982) reads:
The constant C represents the
eigenvalue of the problem (see below) and is given by:
Together with the momentum Eq. (1), the continuity equation reads:
The standard solution, from this non-linear differential Eq. (8), starts at the stellar surface and after crossing the
singular point reaches infinity. At the stellar surface the differential
equation must satisfy a boundary condition, namely the monochromatic
optical depth integral (see Kudritzki 2002, Eq. (48)):
In order to satisfy simultaneously Eqs. (8), (17), (18) and (15) or (16), the value of the constant is not arbitrary, i.e., the constant is the eigenvalue of this non-linear problem.
In this section we will apply another coordinate transformation and introduce a new independent variable, , without physical meaning. This will allow us to transform the non-linear differential equation for the momentum (8) into a system of coupled differential equations, which is numerically integrable.
|F(u, y, p) = 0.||(21)|
An advantage of this equation system (25)-(27) over the CAK momentum differential Eq. (8) is that all the derivatives are explicitely given, therefore there is no need to use root-finding algorithms to find the value of the velocity-gradient. Also, standard numerical methods (e.g., Runge-Kutta) can be used to integrate this system.
All critical points of the system (25)-(27) satisfy simultaneously F=0, U=0 and P=0. Thus, in order to study the behavior of the solution in the neighborhood of a singular point we linearise this system of differential equations, using the Groebman-Hartman theorem
("GH'', see appendix; For more details see Amann 1990), we obtain:
On the other hand, if we consider the eigenvalue
as a free paramenter, the critical points are the
solution of the following system of equations:
satisfies the previous system and furthermore,
at the singular point, we can solve for ,
and its derivatives as a function of .
We obtain for the gradient of :
The non-linear momentum Eq. (8) for the rotational-CAK model (including ),
in (u, y, p) coordinates reads:
Once the location of the critical point, ,
is known, we can solve ,
from Eqs. (40)-(42), obtaining:
Since the eigenvalue
must be positive, we have:
Table 1: B2 V stellar parameters.
Table 2: Line-force parameters.
The factor in the line-force takes into account the changes in the ionization of the wind. As a first step to understand the topology of the rotating-CAK model we set .
Figure 1a shows the behavior of (Eq. (54)) versus for different values of the rotational parameter . For the non-rotational case , the function is positive for almost the whole integration domain, therefore the singular point can be placed anywhere. Thus, is the lower boundary condition which fixes the position of the singular point. For the rotational case, the second term in the RHS of Eq. (54) is the dominant term for almost any value of . Therefore the larger is the larger is the value of ( ) as the different curves in Fig. 1a show.
On the other hand, the value of the term
in Eq. (52) is almost negligible
and consequently the value of
is almost constant at
Table 3 shows the interval
for different values of the parameter .
It is clear from this table that from a very low value of
(=0.038 for our test star) the location of
and the critical point,
is strongly shifted downstream in the wind. Once
is fixed, the value of
is inserted in Eq. (54) and
are obtained. Figure 1b shows
from Eq. (48) against
for the same values of
of Fig. 1a (same type of lines too). The value of the derivative,
is always negative indicating that the critical point is an X-type.
|Figure 1: a) The function versus (Eq. (54)) for different values of the rotational parameter . , continuous-line; , dashed-line; , dotted-line. The horizontal line is for . b) The eigenvalue from Eq. (48) as a function of for the same values of as a). Note that is always negative in the interval .|
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Table 3: Analytical approximation and numerical results for the rotational-CAK model with . Note: the mass loss rate is given in units of and the terminal velocity is in km s-1.
As Bjorkman (1995) pointed out, it is insightfull to study the solution topology in
a p versus
diagram. Figure 2 shows this phase diagram.
|Figure 2: The topology of the freeze in ionization rotating-CAK model (), p versus for . The unique curve that starts at the stellar surface and reaches infinity is the CAK original solution (continuous-line).|
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|Figure 3: The velocity profile v(r) (in km s-1) as function of for the non rotating case (continuous-line) and for the rotational cases: dashed-line; dotted-line. The location of the singular points is indicated by a larger-dot.|
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Figure 3 shows the velocity profile, v (in km s-1) versus for our B2 V test star. We have chosen this value of from the study of Abt et al. (2002), that concluded that B-stars rotate at a of their break-up speed. The values accounts for a fast rotator, e.g., a typical Be-Star (Chauville et al. 2001). We see from this figure that neglects the rotational speed always overpredicts the value of the terminal velocity.
We conclude that the rotational speed shifts the location of the critical point downstream and reduces the terminal velocity, but has almost no influence on the value of the eigenvalue (mass loss rate). Furthermore, we can see from our approximate and numerical results summarized in Table 3 that the CAK wind do not have the maximum mass-loss rate as Feldmeier et al. (2002) and Owocki & ud-Doula (2004) concluded for a non-rotating CAK model with zero sound speed. Contrary to expectation, the rotating-CAK wind critical solution corresponds to an almost minimum mass-loss rate (maximum eigenvalue).
Although this is a weak influence, because ranges between 0.0 and 0.2, it is important to study how its inclusion in the momentum equation modifies the topology of the rotating CAK model.
As we pointed out in Sect. 5, the existence of
Figure 4b shows (Eq. (48)) against for different values of . When is positive, exhibits now a different behavior compared with the case. As long as , is positive in the interval , i.e., any singular point in this interval is an attractor. Furthermore, reaches its maximum, when is minimum, i.e., in the neighborhood of , from this point up to , and any singular point in is X-type. When , the minimum of is negative and the intervals are reduced to: for the attractor type singular point and for the X-type singular point.
The behavior of ,
(Eqs. (46)-(48)) in the neighborhood of
in the inverse radial coordinate u, is as follows:
Tables 4 and 5 summarise the numerical calculation for our test star with and respectively. The data of the column (see also the column) show that the effect of the rotation on () is almost negligible. Figure 5 shows the velocity profile for three different values of ( 0.0;0.25;0.8), panel a) for and panel b) for . A large dot shows the respective positions of the critical points. The effect of shifting the position of the critical point is stronger for low rotational speeds and decreases when increases as a comparison between Figs. 3 and 5 clearly shows. The terminal velocity, is a decreasing function of the rotational speed and has almost the same behavior as in the case. But for high rotational speeds, the influence of in is negligible/small as a comparison between Tables 3 and 4/5 shows.
We conclude from that the factor strongly shifts outwards the location of the critical point and produces a bifurcation in the solution topology.
Table 4: Numerical results for the rotation-CAK model with . Note: the mass loss rate is given in units of and the terminal velocity is in km s-1.
Table 5: Same as Table 4 but for .
|Figure 5: The velocity profile v(r) (in km s-1) as function of for the non rotating case (continuous-line) and for the rotational cases: dashed-line; dotted-line.|
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|Figure 6: The curves and are shown with continuous lines as function of . These curves represent the boundaries for the type of the singular point topology. The numerical results for the location of the singular point is also shown in dashed-line. a) is for and b) for . See text for details.|
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We can clearly see from this figure, that the position of the critical point is shifted outwards from the stellar surface and the greater is the further is the position of this critical point. It can be inferred from this figure, that the location of the singular point remains almost constant as long as , but from values of the position of grows almost linear with .
This behavior of the solution topology can be applied for the winds of Be-Stars. At polar latitudes, i.e., slow rotational speed, the wind behaves as the standard CAK wind, but as the latitude approaches to the equator, the rotational speed is larger than and the wind is slower and denser. This transition from polar to equatorial latitudes seems to have a similar behavior described by Curé (2004) for the more general rotating m-CAK wind. The study of the influence of this bifurcation in the winds of Be stars will be the scope of a forthcoming article.
|Figure 7: The topology of the rotating-CAK model, p versus for and . The unique curve that starting at the stellar surface and reaches infinity is the CAK original solution (continuous-line).|
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|Figure 8: The topology of the rotating-CAK model, p versus for . The different curves correspond to different values of the eigenvalues. The left-most curve starts at the "normal'' critical point and is trapped by the attractor. See text for details.|
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We have applied our results to the case of a point star (CAK) for a frozen in ionization rotating wind, recovering and generalizing the results of previous studies (Bjorkman 1995; Marlborough & Zamir 1984). The most significant result (with ) is that the wind does not assume the maximum mass-loss rate but almost the minimum.
For the more general case, where changes in the wind ionization are taken into account, our analysis shows the existence of a bifurcation in the solution topology, where two critical points exist. The first critical point (closer to the star's surface) is an attractor while the second is the standard CAK critical point. Besides the known fact that the rotational speed shifts the location of the critical point outwards in the wind, the inclusion of the term produces the same effect, reinforcing this displacement.
The bifurcation topology seems to explain the results from Curé (2004) that there exist two regions in the wind of a fast rotating hot star, one where the wind is the one from the standard solution (fast wind) and the other with a new solution that is slower and denser. This result shows us the necessity to perform a topological analysis of the rotating m-CAK wind. This study is currently underway.
This work has been possible thanks to the research cooperation agreement UBA/UV and DIUV project 15/2003. M.C. wants to thank the hospitality of the colleges from the mathematics department from the UBA during his stay in Buenos Aires.
From the Eq. (A.6), we can solve for z (using the implicit function theorem) obtaining
and reduce the system (A.4) to: