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Algols: Wherefrom, whereto, and what in between?

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Four different aspects related to the evolution of Algols are discussed: the occurrence of a contact phase during the mass transfer, the evolution of short period systems evolving through case A mass transfer, the influence of the mass transfer on the surface abundances of both components, and the problem of the initial parameters of Algol systems. For the latter, a search is made for conservative case B systems. UZ Cyg seems to be a good candidate for such evolution. Finally, some remarks are given on the initial values of the low mass Algol S Cancri.

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De Greve, J.P. Algols: Wherefrom, whereto, and what in between?. Space Sci Rev 50, 127–139 (1989).

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  • Mass Transfer
  • Initial Parameter
  • Period System
  • Contact Phase
  • Conservative Case