Why a New Code for Novae Evolution and Mass Transfer in Binaries?


  • G. Shaviv Department of Physics, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
  • I. Idan Department of Physics, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
  • N. J. Shaviv Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel




One of the most interesting problems in Cataclysmic Variables is the long time scale evolution. This problem appears in long time evolution, which is also very important in the search for the progenitor of SN Ia. The classical approach to overcome this problem in the simulation of novae evolution is to assume: (1) A constant in time, rate of mass transfer. (2) The mass transfer rate that does not vary throughout the life time of the nova, even when many eruptions are considered. Here we show that these assumptions are valid only for a single thermonuclear flash and such a calculation cannot be the basis for extrapolation of the behavior over many flashes. In particular, such calculation cannot be used to predict under what conditions an accreting WD may reach the Chandrasekhar mass and collapse. We report on a new code to attack this problem. The basic idea is to create two parallel processes, one calculating the mass losing star and the other the accreting white dwarf. The two processes communicate continuously with each other and follow the time depended mass loss.