AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 76 Data Handling, Computation
Poster, Thursday, June 3, 2004, 9:20am-4:00pm, Ballroom

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[76.06] Automated Modeling and Analysis of Accretion Stream Models for Magnetic CVs

A. Alexandrov, J. Cash (SCSU)

We will present the results of our modification to an existing smoothing particle hydrodynamics (SPH) code used to model the accretion stream of magnetic cataclysmic variable stars known as polars. These numerical stream models yield a 3-dimensional map of the gas distribution throughout the stream, including the distribution of material as it impacts the white dwarf surface. The models are being completely automated and will run in parallel using MPI and PBS as a batch job scheduling system. The automation sets up a series of models covering a range of parameter space and extracts specific information on the system geometry for comparison to observations of well studied polars. The progress and initial results of the code modification, automation, 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.

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