Mass accretion onto massive white dwarfs

Ronald E. Taam*

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We have studied the thermonuclear runaways which develop on white dwarfs of 1.205 M and 1.358 M accreting hydrogen rich material at 10-10M yr-1. It is found that ignition of this material occurs at densities in excess of about 104 gm cm-3 and that the critical accumulated mass required to initiate the runaway is 0.7(1.5)×10-4M for a 1.358(1.205)M white dwarf.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)467-474
Number of pages8
JournalAstrophysics and Space Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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