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Observations of Binaries and Evolutionary Implications

  • C. De Loore

Abstract

Comparison of the characteristics of groups of stars in various evolutionary phases and the study of individual systems allow to make estimates of the parameters governing mass loss and mass transfer. Observations enable us in a few cases to determine geometric models for binaries during or after the mass transfer phase (disks, rings, common envelopes, symbiotics, interacting binaries, compact components).

From spectra taken at different phases, radial velocity curves can be derived and masses and radii can be determined. In special cases spectra in different spectral ranges (visual, UV, X-ray) are required for the determination of the radial velocities of the two components (for X-ray binaries, for systems with hot and cool components). Information on parameters related to the mass transfer process enables us to consider non conservative evolution — i.e. the computation of evolutionary sequences with the assumption that mass and angular momentum not only are transferred from one of the components towards the other one, but that also mass and angular momentum can leave the system. Careful and detailed analysis of the observations allows in certain cases to determine the parameters governing this mass and angular momentum loss, and for contact phases, to determine the degree of contact.

Keywords

Stellar Wind Evolutionary Implication Close Binary Roche Lobe Radial Velocity Curve 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. De Loore
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Astrophysical InstituteFree University of Brussels, VUBBelgium
  2. 2.University of Antwerp RUCABelgium

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