Stellar Accretion Disks

Title

Stellar Accretion Disks

Authors

Presenter(s)

Sarah E Krug

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Description

Many stars are found in binary systems. If the two stars' orbits are close enough together the more massive, or primary, star can pull matter from the less massive companion star. The stream of matter falling toward the primary forms an accretion disk around the star. The accretion disk, the matter that hits the star, and the orbital cycle of the system cause fluctuations in brightness that can be detected by telescope observations. A computer model of an accretion disk is presented that simulates some of the parameters that may affect brightness. The results will be compared to existing measurements of binary systems.

Publication Date

4-5-2017

Project Designation

Course Project - Graduate

Primary Advisor

Ivan Sudakov

Primary Advisor's Department

Physics

Keywords

Stander Symposium poster

Stellar Accretion Disks

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