On the C/O enrichment of nova ejecta

R. Rosner, A. Alexakis, Y. N. Young, J. W. Truran, W. Hillebrandt

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Using the results of recent work in shear instabilities in stratified fluids, we show that the resonant interaction between large-scale flows in the accreted H/He envelope of white dwarf stars and interfacial gravity waves can mix the star's envelope with the white dwarfs surface material, leading to the enhancement of the envelope's C/O abundance to levels required by extant models for nova outbursts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L177-L179
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 PART II
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Novae, cataclysmic variables


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