Accretion from Stellar Winds

  • Mario Livio
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 145)


Recent calculations have demonstrated that accretion from a stellar wind is very probably unsteady. The average rate of accretion of angular momentum is lower by about a factor 5 than the rate at which angular momentum is deposited into the Bondi-Hoyle accretion cylinder. This makes disk formation from wind accretion very difficult, in particular in the case of massive x-ray binaries. A combination of x-ray, uv and optical observations of symbiotic and related systems, as well as spin-up information on x-ray binaries, can be used to determine whether an accretion disk does form. Such observations can provide us with valuable information on the process of accretion from an inhomogeneous medium.


Angular Momentum Neutron Star Accretion Disk Accretion Rate White Dwarf 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Livio
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  1. 1.Dept. of AstronomyUniv. of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of PhysicsTechnionHaifaIsrael

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