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Paper: The Role of Fingering Convection in Accreting Hydrogen-rich White Dwarfs: the Case of GD 133 and G 29-38
Volume: 509, 20th European Workshop on White Dwarfs (EuroWD16)
Page: 223
Authors: Wachlin, F. C.; Vauclair, S.; Vauclair, G.; Althaus, L. G.
Abstract: The accretion of heavy material from debris disk on the surface of hydrogen-rich white dwarfs induces a double-diffusivity instability known as the fingering (thermohaline) convection. It leads to an efficient extra mixing which brings the accreted material deeper in the star than by considering only mixing in the surface dynamical convection zone, in a time scale much shorter than that of gravitational settling. We performed numerical simulations of a continuous accretion of heavy material having a bulk Earth composition on the two well studied DAZ and ZZ Ceti pulsators GD 133 and G 29-38. We find that the existence of fingering convection implies much larger accretion rates to explain the observed abundances than previous estimates based on the standard mixing length theory and gravitational settling only.
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