Accretion Processes in Mira AB

The Mira AB interacting binary provides an ideal laboratory for studying mass loss and accretion processes in systems containing an AGB star and a compact accretor, because its components have been resolved and can be studied individually. We present here results from our long term study of accretio...

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Authors: Edward Guinan, M. Karovska, J. C. Raymond, B. Wood, M. Marengo, W. Hack
Conference Location: La Paz, B.C. Sur, México
Conference Dates: November 17-22, 2003
Proceedings Title: Compact Binaries in the Galaxy and Beyond, IAU Colloquium 194, Vol. 20
Format: Conference Proceeding
Published: 2004
Online Access: Full Text
Summary: The Mira AB interacting binary provides an ideal laboratory for studying mass loss and accretion processes in systems containing an AGB star and a compact accretor, because its components have been resolved and can be studied individually. We present here results from our long term study of accretion processes in this system. These include recent HST observations suggesting that the accretion rate onto Mira B is much lower than before, indicating possible disruption of the accretion disk.
ISBN: 9789703211586