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Three Dimensional Radiative Transfer in Winds of Massive Stars: Wind3D

Lobel, A. ; Blomme, R.

published in IAU Joint Discussion, 4, pp. 24 (2006)

Abstract: We discuss the development of the new radiative transfer code Wind3D. It solves the non-LTE radiative transport problem in moving stellar atmosphere models in three geometric dimensions. The code accepts arbitrary 3D velocity fields in Cartesian geometry without assumptions of axial symmetry. Wind3D is currently implemented as a fully parallelized (exact) accelerated lambda iteration scheme with a two level atom formulation. The numerical transfer scheme is efficient and sufficiently accurate to trace small variations of local velocity gradients on line opacity in strongly scattering dominated extended stellar winds. We investigate the detailed formation of P Cygni line profiles observed in ultraviolet spectra of massive stars. We compute the detailed shape of these resonance lines to model local enhancements of line opacity that can for instance be caused by clumping in supersonically expanding winds. Wind3D is applied to preliminary hydrodynamic disk models to investigate physical properties of discrete absorption line components.

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