Resonance Line Profiles from Radial Accretion Flows
A compact star in a detached binary system can accrete the matter from the stellar wind of the companion. In this case a more or less radial accretion flow is formed. By analogy to stellar winds from early type stars it is usually believed that the accretion of this sort should produce inverse P-Cygni profiles in resonance lines. However, there are physical differences between the wind and the radial accretion which can alter the outgoing profile significantly.