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Session 76 - Cataclysmic Variables and Accretion Disks.
Display session, Wednesday, January 15
We present results of an SPH model of accretion disks in short-period mass-transferring binaries using \underbarIBM Data Explorer to visualize and animate the data. Surfaces of constant density are displayed as three-dimensional objects. Various cross-sectional plane views illustrate the interior thermal structure of the disk. These visualizations clearly show shock waves which appear to be quasi-static in the corotating frame of reference, and which therefore may be a possible mechanism for generating the observed quasi-periodic photometric variations in cataclysmic variables.
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