We present the results of an effort to model recent HST eclipse observations of the wind-formed C, ɪv 1550Å resonance line in the high-inclination nova-like variable UX UMa (Mason et al. 1995, Baptista et al. 1995). Within the framework of a simple kinematic model, in which the outflow is described as a rotating, biconical accretion disk wind (Knigge et al. 1995), we are able to reproduce not only the shapes and strengths of the observed line profiles both away from and during eclipse, but also most of the detailed behaviour of different parts of the line (blue wing, line centre and red wing) as a function of orbital phase (Figure 1).
The most important result of our modeling is that it strongly suggests the presence of a vertically extended (H ~ few × 10 R
), relatively dense (ne
~ 1013 cm−3) and only slowly-outflowing (υ
) transition region between the disk photosphere and the fast-moving wind. Thus the best current data already demand that the simplified picture of accretion disks and winds as quasi-independent physical phenomena should be replaced by a unified theory of accretion disk atmospheres. It may be important in this context that, barring strong contamination of the observed C ɪv wind line by an underlying disk-formed component, the evidence for rotation in the outflow is unambiguous: the observed line flux light curves clearly exhibit a rotational disturbance that is well matched by our simple model of a rotating disk wind.