Ultraviolet Studies of Interacting Binaries

  • Boris T. Gäansicke
  • Domitilla de Martino
  • Thomas R. Marsh
  • Carole A. Haswell
  • Christian Knigge
  • Knox S. Long
  • Steven N. Shore
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Abstract

Interacting Binaries consist of a variety of stellar objects in different stages of evolution and those containing accreting compact objects still represent a major challenge to our understanding of not only close binary evolution but also of the chemical evolution of the Galaxy. These end-points of binary star evolution are ideal laboratories for the study of accretion and outflow processes, and provide insight on matter under extreme physical conditions. One of the key-questions of fundamental relevance is the nature of SN Ia progenitors. The study of accreting compact binary systems relies on observations over the entire electromagnetic spectrum and we outline here those unresolved questions for which access to the ultraviolet range is vital, as they cannot be addressed by observations in any other spectral region.

Ket words

Close binaries Cataclysmic variables Symbiotic stars X-ray binaries Evolution Accretion discs Winds Magnetism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Boris T. Gäansicke
    • 1
  • Domitilla de Martino
    • 2
  • Thomas R. Marsh
    • 1
  • Carole A. Haswell
    • 3
  • Christian Knigge
    • 4
  • Knox S. Long
    • 5
  • Steven N. Shore
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK
  2. 2.INAF—Osservatorio di CapodimonteNapoliItaly
  3. 3.Department of Physics and AstronomyThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK
  4. 4.School of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  5. 5.Space Telescope Science InstituteBaltimore MD
  6. 6.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversitá di PisaPisaItaly

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