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© 2005

Zdeněk Kopal's Binary Star Legacy

  • Horst Drechsel
  • Miloslav Zejda

Benefits

  • Covers the appreciation of the achievements of the great astronomer, Zdenek Kopal

  • Personal reminiscences brought forward by Kopal's former students and colleagues

  • Reflects the state of the art of the dynamically evolving field of binary research, which owes so much to the pioneering work of Zdenek Kopal

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Introduction: Reminiscences and Appreciation of a Great Astronomer

  3. Binary Star Morphology and Dymamical Aspects

    1. H. Rovithis-Livaniou
      Pages 91-99
    2. Helen Rovithis-Livaniou, Sotirios Tsantilas, Peter Rovithis, Drahomír Chochol, Augustín Skopal, Theodor Pribulla
      Pages 101-104
    3. Igor M. Volkov
      Pages 105-108
    4. Marek Wolf, Roger Diethelm, Miloslav Zejda
      Pages 109-112
    5. Pavel Mayer
      Pages 113-119
    6. Walter Van Hamme, R.E. Wilson
      Pages 121-126
    7. Volkan Bakis, Ahmet Erdem, Edwin Budding, Osman Demircan, Hicran Bakis
      Pages 131-134
    8. Drahomír Chochol, Theodor Pribulla, Nataly A. Katysheva, Sergei Yu. Shugarov, Igor M. Volkov
      Pages 135-139
    9. A. Dariush, N. Riazi, A. Afroozeh
      Pages 141-144
    10. Zdeněk Mikulášek, Tomáš Gráf
      Pages 157-160

About this book

Introduction

An international conference entitled "Zdenek Kopal's Binary Star Legacy" was held on the occasion of the late Professor Kopal's 90th birthday in his home town of Litomyšl/Czech Republic and dedicated to the memory of one of the leading astronomers of the 20th century.

Professor Kopal, who devoted 60 years of his scientific life to the exploration of close binary systems, initiated a breakthrough in this field with his description of binary components as non-spherical stars deformed by gravity, with surfaces following Roche equipotentials. Such knowledge triggered the development of new branches of astrophysics dealing with the structure and evolution of close binaries and the interaction effects displayed by exciting objects such as cataclysmic variables, symbiotic stars or X-ray binaries.

Contributions to this conference included praise of the achievements of a great astronomer and personal reminiscences brought forward by Kopal's former students and colleagues, and reflected the state of the art of the dynamically evolving field of binary research, which owes so much to the pioneering work of Zdenek Kopal.

Keywords

Accretion Gravity STR astrophysics star stellar

Editors and affiliations

  • Horst Drechsel
    • 1
  • Miloslav Zejda
    • 2
  1. 1.Dr. Remeis ObservatoryBambergGermany
  2. 2.N. Copernicus Observatory and Planetarium BrnoCzech Republik

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