EAS Publications Series
Volume 28, 2008Perspectives in Radiative Transfer and Interferometry
|Page(s)||75 - 83|
|Published online||22 April 2008|
S. Wolf, F. Allard and Ph. Stee (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 28 (2008) 75-83
Monte Carlo Radiative Transfer in Multi-D Dynamical Models of Dust-Driven Winds
SUPA, School of Physics & Astronomy, University of St. Andrews,
KY16 9SS, Scotland, UK
Corresponding author: Peter.Woitke@st-and.ac.uk
New 2D dynamical models for carbon-rich and oxygen-rich AGB stars, and red supergiants are presented which include hydrodynamics with gravity and radiation pressure on dust, equilibrium chemistry, time-dependent dust formation, and coupled frequency-dependent Monte Carlo radiative transfer. The simulations reveal a much more complicated picture of the dust formation and wind acceleration of red giants as compared to 1D spherical models. Triggered by non-spherical pulsations or large-scale convective motions, dust forms event-like in the cooler regions above the stellar surface which temporarily receive less radiation from the star, followed by the radial ejection of dust arcs and clumps. These simulations can possible explain recent high angular resolution interferometric IR observations of red giants, which show an often non-symmetric and highly time-variable innermost dust formation and wind acceleration zone. The new wind models are intended to harvest the results of future interferometric mission like Chara, AMBER on the Vlti, and Alma, aiming to provide the physical answers of the scientific questions arising from these new instruments.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2008
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