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Title: High-energy particle transport in three-dimensional hydrodynamic models of colliding-wind binaries

Massive stars in binary systems (such as WR 140, WR 147, or η Carinae) have long been regarded as potential sources of high-energy γ-rays. The emission is thought to arise in the region where the stellar winds collide and produce relativistic particles that subsequently might be able to emit γ-rays. Detailed numerical hydrodynamic simulations have already offered insight into the complex dynamics of the wind collision region (WCR), while independent analytical studies, albeit with simplified descriptions of the WCR, have shed light on the spectra of charged particles. In this paper, we describe a combination of these two approaches. We present a three-dimensional hydrodynamical model for colliding stellar winds and compute spectral energy distributions of relativistic particles for the resulting structure of the WCR. The hydrodynamic part of our model incorporates the line-driven acceleration of the winds, gravity, orbital motion, and the radiative cooling of the shocked plasma. In our treatment of charged particles, we consider diffusive shock acceleration in the WCR and the subsequent cooling via inverse Compton losses (including Klein-Nishina effects), bremsstrahlung, collisions, and other energy loss mechanisms.
Authors:
; ; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Institut für Astro- und Teilchenphysik and Institut für Theoretische Physik, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, A-6020 Innsbruck (Austria)
  2. UJF-Grenoble 1/CNRS-INSU, Institut de Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG), UMR 5274, F-38041 Grenoble (France)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22351417
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 782; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; BINARY STARS; BREMSSTRAHLUNG; CHARGED PARTICLES; COLLISIONS; COSMIC GAMMA SOURCES; EMISSION; ENERGY LOSSES; ENERGY SPECTRA; GAMMA RADIATION; GRAVITATION; HYDRODYNAMIC MODEL; HYDRODYNAMICS; PLASMA; RADIATIVE COOLING; RELATIVISTIC RANGE; SIMULATION; STARS; STELLAR WINDS; THREE-DIMENSIONAL CALCULATIONS; VISIBLE RADIATION