AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 63 Exploding Stars
Poster, Wednesday, June 2, 2004, 10:00am-7:00pm, Ballroom

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[63.02] Modeling of the ballistic and magnetic portions of the accretion streams in polars

J. Cash, A. Alexandrov (SCSU)

We will present the current results of our on-going efforts to accurately model the accretion streams in the magnetic cataclysmic variable stars known as polars. We are developing a computational code which used SPH as a basis for tackling the extremely complex physics involved in the accretion stream. The current version of the computation models which we will be presenting includes an improved treatment of the motion along the magnetically confined portion of the accretion stream which will allow the extraction of synthetic radial velocity data and phase information for stream eclipses. The progress and initial results of the code modification and observational comparisons at the time of the conference will be presented.

This work was supported by NASA/OSS NNG04GD62G NASA/MU-SPIN NNG04GC40A, NASA/URC NCCW-0085 and NASA/PAIR NCC 5-454.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: jcash@physics.scsu.edu

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