The mass growth rate of mass-accreting white dwarfs (WDs) is a key factor in binary evolution scenarios toward Type Ia supernovae. Many authors have reported very different WD mass increasing rates. In this review, we clarify the reasons for such divergence, some of which come from a lack of numerical techniques, usage of old opacities, different assumptions for binary configurations, inadequate initial conditions, and unrealistic mass-loss mechanisms. We emphasize that these assumptions should be carefully chosen in calculating the long-term evolution of accreting WDs. Importantly, the mass-loss mechanism is the key process determining the mass retention efficiency: the best approach involves correctly incorporating the optically thick wind because it is supported by the multiwavelength light curves of novae.
|Journal||Proceedings of Science|
|Publication status||Published - 2017 Jan 1|
|Event||2017 Golden Age of Cataclysmic Variables and Related Objects IV, GOLDEN 2017 - Palermo, Italy|
Duration: 2017 Sep 11 → 2017 Sep 16
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