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. Physics of Individual Objects

    1. M. Kafatos, A. G. Michalitsianos
      Pages 245-247
    2. David Allen, Alan Wright
      Pages 249-250
    3. A. A. Boyarchuk, T. S. Belyakina, A. E. Tarasov, N. Tomov
      Pages 257-257
    4. R. Luthardt
      Pages 259-260
    5. D. Chochol, Z. Komárek, A. Vittone
      Pages 263-264
    6. M. H. Slovak, D. L. Lambert
      Pages 265-267
    7. Roberto Viotti
      Pages 269-277
    8. L. Hric, D. Chochol, B. Kovachev
      Pages 283-284
  2. Contribution for Other Individual Objects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. A. Skopal, D. Chochol, A. Vittone, A. Mammano
      Pages 289-290
    3. Joseph E. Pesce, Robert E. Stencel, Nancy A. Oliversen
      Pages 291-292
    4. Parag Seal
      Pages 293-294
    5. Regina E. Schulte-Ladbeck, D. Jack MacConnell, Nelson Zarate
      Pages 295-296
    6. A. Altamore, C. Rossi, R. Viotti
      Pages 297-298
    7. J. Mikolajewska, M. Mikolajewski
      Pages 299-300
    8. A. Cassatella, R. Gonzalez-Riestra, T. Fernandez-Castro, J. Fuensalida, A. Gimenez
      Pages 301-302
    9. Joanna Mikolajewska
      Pages 303-304
    10. Julie H. Lutz
      Pages 305-306
    11. Scott Kenyon, David Allen
      Pages 307-308
  3. Symbiotic Phenomena and Stellar Evolution. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Mario Livio
      Pages 323-334
    3. A. R. Taylor, M. F. Bode, R. J. Davis, R. W. Porcas
      Pages 335-336
    4. K. Sekiguchi, M. W. Feast, P. A. Whitelock, M. D. Overbeek, W. Wargau, J. Spencer Jones
      Pages 337-338
    5. K.-P. Schröder
      Pages 339-346
    6. Robert E. Stencel
      Pages 347-348
    7. M. Friedjung
      Pages 349-354
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 355-365

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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