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We study line driven winds for models with different radial intensity profiles: standard Shakura–Sunyaev radiating thin discs, uniform intensity discs, and truncated discs where driving radiation is cut-off at some radius. We find that global outflow properties depend primarily on the total system luminosity but truncated discs can launch outflows with ∼2 times higher mass flux and ∼50 per cent faster outflow velocity than non-truncated discs with the same total radiation flux. Streamlines interior to the truncation radius are largely unaffected and carry the same momentum flux as non-truncated models whereas those far outside the truncation radius effectively carry no outflow because the local radiation force is too weak to lift matter vertically away from the disc. Near the truncation radius, the flow becomes more radial, due to the loss of pressure/radiation support from gas/radiation at larger radii. These models suggest that line driven outflows are sensitive to the geometry of the radiation field driving them, motivating the need for self-consistent disc/wind models.
Hydrodynamics; Stars: Massive; Stars: Winds, Outflows; Quasars: General; X-rays: Galaxies
Astrophysics and Astronomy
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Effects of Radiation Field Geometry on Line Driven Disc Winds.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 481(2),