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Session 1 - Invited Talk.
Invited session, Monday, June 09
North Main Hall A,

[1.01] Hydrodynamics on Supercomputers: Interacting Binary Stars

J. M. Blondin (NCSU)

The interaction of close binary stars accounts for a wide variety of peculiar objects scattered throughout our Galaxy. The unique features of Algols, Symbiotics, X-ray binaries, cataclysmic variables and many others are linked to the dynamics of the circumstellar gas which can take forms from tidal streams and accretion disks to colliding stellar winds. As in many other areas of astrophysics, large scale computing has provided a powerful new tool in the study of interacting binaries. In the research to be described, hydrodynamic simulations are used to create a "laboratory", within which one can "experiment": change the system and observe (and predict) the effects of those changes. This type of numerical experimentation, when buttressed by analytic studies, provides a means of interpreting observations, identifying and understanding the relevant physics, and visualizing the physical system. The results of such experiments will be shown, including the structure of tidal streams in Roche lobe overflow systems, mass accretion in X-ray binaries, and the formation of accretion disks.

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