Letter to the Editor
Enhanced mass transfer during dwarf nova outbursts by irradiation of the secondary?
Department of Astronomy, School of Science, University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan e-mail: email@example.com
2 Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1, 85740 Garching, Germany
Accepted: 9 October 2004
One of the remaining issues in the problems of dwarf novae is whether or not enhanced mass transfer due to irradiation of the secondary stars could occur during outbursts. In a previous paper (Osaki & Meyer [CITE]), we presented a theoretical analysis that shows no appreciable enhancement of the mass outflow rate. This conclusion is challenged by Smak ([CITE]) who claims that equations used in our analysis were incorrect and that in systems with short orbital periods substantial enhancement could occur. In this letter, we examine the origin of such divergent conclusions. We show that Smak's solutions are unacceptable from the standpoint of the equation of continuity and that our analysis is an appropriate one to treat this problem.
Key words: accretion, accretion disks / binaries: close / novae, cataclysmic variables / stars: dwarf novae
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