AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 13 Interacting Binaries
Poster, Monday, 9:20am-7:00pm, January 9, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[13.06] Modeling the Non-Relativistic Jets in R Aquarii

K.E. Korreck, J.L. Sokoloski (CfA), M. Opher (George Mason University)

R Aqr is a binary star system containing a Mira variable transferring material to a hot, compact object that is presumably a white dwarf. The accreting white dwarf produces non-relativistic jets, which have been observed at radio, optical, UV, and X-ray wavelengths. We are developing an MHD model to investigate the interaction of the jet with the ISM, and more broadly, the formation of the jet in this binary system. We are utilizing a block adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) MHD code that has been used to model various space physics plasmas to simulate the jets. We present X-ray spectral models based on our simulations and a comparison of these models with existing X-ray data for the northeast jet in the R Aqr binary system. We greatfully acknowledge funding from the National Science Foundation.

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