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16 August 2022
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A New Version of Reimers' law of Mass Loss Based on a Physical Approach
K.-P. Schroeder ; M. Cuntz ;
Date 26 Jul 2005
Journal Astrophys.J. 630 (2005) L73-L76
Subject astro-ph
AbstractWe present a new semi-empirical relation for the mass loss of cool stellar winds, which so far has frequently been described by "Reimers’ law". Originally, this relation was based solely on dimensional scaling arguments without any physical interpretation. In our approach, the wind is assumed to result from the spill-over of the extended chromosphere, possibly associated with the action of waves, especially Alfven waves, which are used as guidance in the derivation of the new formula. We obtain a relation akin to the original Reimers law, but which includes two new factors. They reflect how the chromospheric height depends on gravity and how the mechanical energy flux depends, mainly, on effective temperature. The new relation is tested and sensitively calibrated by modelling the blue end of the Horizontal Branch of globular clusters. The most significant difference from mass loss rates predicted by the Reimers relation is an increase by up to a factor of 3 for luminous late-type (super-)giants, in good agreement with observations.
Source arXiv, astro-ph/0507598
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