AAS 199th meeting, Washington, DC, January 2002
Session 135. Circumstellar Material and Atmospheres: Hotter
Display, Thursday, January 10, 2002, 9:20am-4:00pm, Exhibit Hall

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[135.19] Constraining Disk Properties in Binary Star-Disk Systems

J.L. Hoffman, K.H. Nordsieck (University of Wisconsin-Madison), B.A. Whitney (Space Science Institute)

We have created a Monte Carlo radiative transfer code that models the observed flux and polarization variations of a binary-disk system. Especially in cases where some system parameters are known from light-curve analysis, analysis of families of models can help constrain the geometrical and optical characteristics of the circumstellar material. We illustrate this technique by applying it to the disk around the secondary star in the famous eclipsing Algol binary \beta Lyr.

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