October 5-9, 2014


P8.2 A Java Interface for Roche Lobe Calculations

Denis Leahy (University of Calgary)

A java interface for calculating various properties of the Roche lobe has been created. The geometry of the Roche lobe is important for studying interacting binary stars, particularly those with compact objects which have a companion which fills the Roche lobe. There is no known analytic solution to the Roche lobe problem. Here the geometry of the Roche lobe is calculated numerically to high accuracy and made available to the user for arbitrary input mass ratio, q.

Mode of presentation: poster

Applicable ADASS XXIV theme category: Other