The Symbiotic Phenomenon

Proceedings of the 103rd Colloquium of the International Astronomical Union, Held in Torun, Poland, August 18–20, 1987

  • Joanna Mikolajewska
  • Michael Friedjung
  • Scott J. Kenyon
  • Roberto Viotti
Conference proceedings

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 145)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Basic Data

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Allen
      Pages 3-9
    3. T. Tomov, M. Mikolajewski
      Pages 23-24
    4. Michael R. Garcia, Scott J. Kenyon
      Pages 27-32
    5. Elia M. Leibowitz, Liliana Formiggini
      Pages 33-36
    6. O. G. Taranova, B. F. Yudin
      Pages 37-41
    7. Patricia Whitelock
      Pages 47-56
    8. Robert E. Stencel
      Pages 57-64
    9. B. G. Anandarao, A. R. Taylor, S. R. Pottasch
      Pages 65-66
    10. Edward W. Brugel, T. E. Beach, L. A. Willson, G. H. Bowen
      Pages 67-68
    11. E. R. Seaquist
      Pages 69-75
    12. A. R. Taylor
      Pages 77-83
    13. Antonio Mário Magalhães
      Pages 89-100
    14. T. N. Khudyakova
      Pages 101-102
    15. Hugo E. Schwarz, Colin Aspin, A. M. Magalhaes, R. E. Schulte-Ladbeck
      Pages 103-104
  3. The Physics of the Symbiotic Phenomenon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. H. Nussbaumer
      Pages 107-118
    3. Sun Kwok
      Pages 129-136
    4. Wolfgang J. Duschl
      Pages 137-148
    5. Mario Livio
      Pages 149-160
    6. Scott J. Kenyon
      Pages 161-168
    7. H. Nussbaumer, M. Vogel
      Pages 169-170
    8. Dina Prialnik, Oded Regev
      Pages 171-172
    9. Marina Orio
      Pages 173-175
  4. Physics of Individual Objects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-180
    2. A. Cassatella, T. Fernandez-Castro, N. Oliversen
      Pages 181-186
    3. J. Mikolajewska, M. Mikolajewski
      Pages 187-192
    4. S. Bensammar, M. Friedjung, N. Letourneur, J. P. Maillard
      Pages 193-195
    5. C. C. Huang, Y. F. Chen, L. Chen
      Pages 205-207
    6. P. L. Selvelli
      Pages 209-217
    7. Władysław Dziewulski, Marek Muciek, Maciej Mikołajewski
      Pages 219-220
    8. M. Mikołajewski, R. Szczerba, T. Tomov
      Pages 221-222
    9. Ewa Janaszak, Maciej Mikołajewski
      Pages 225-226
    10. A. R. Taylor, E. R. Seaquist, S. J. Kenyon
      Pages 231-232
    11. M. Mikolajewski, J. Mikolajewska
      Pages 233-234
    12. A. G. Michalitsianos, M. Kafatos
      Pages 235-243

About these proceedings


Symbiotic stars were identified spectroscopically as M giants with a very strong He II 4686 emission line. After five decades of study by many astronomers, the first internatioinal meetings devoted to symbiotics were held at the University of Colorado (Boulder) and at the Haute Provence Observatory during the Summer of 1981. These conferences emphasized exciting new results obtained by modern satellite (EINSTEIN, IUE) and ground-based observatories. Although the vast majority of the participants were already fairly sure that symbiotics are almost certainly interacting binary systems, and not extremely peculiar single stars, it was not clear exactly which types of physical processes were needed to be invoked to explain their observed behaviour. Many were even worried that it might not be possible to clearly define a class of "symbiotic stars" , and thus establish a unique model applicable to any system. Since the publication of the Haute-Provence proceedings, our understanding of the physical processes occuring in symbiotic stars (and in related objects such as cataclysmic variables and compact planetary nebulae) has greatly improved. We now speak confidently of a "symbiotic phenomenon" , in which an evolved red giant and a hot companion object (usually thought to be an accreting main sequence star or a luminous white dwarf star) happily coexist.


Accretion Variation star stars stellar evolution white dwarf

Editors and affiliations

  • Joanna Mikolajewska
    • 1
  • Michael Friedjung
    • 2
  • Scott J. Kenyon
    • 3
  • Roberto Viotti
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of AstronomyNicolaus Copernicus UniversityTorunPoland
  2. 2.Institut d’AstrophysiqueCNRSParisFrance
  3. 3.Harvard-Smithsonian Center for AstrophysicsCambridgeUSA
  4. 4.Istituto Astrofisica SpazialeCNRFrascatiItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7833-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2969-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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