Late Stages of the Evolution of Close Binaries

  • C. De Loore
  • W. Sutantyo


Close binaries can evolve through various ways of interaction into compact objects (white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes). Massive binary systems (mass of the primary M 1 larger than 14 to 15 M 0) are expected to leave, after the first stage of mass transfer a compact component orbiting a massive star. These systems evolve during subsequent stages into massive X-ray binaries. Systems with initial large periode evolve into Be X-ray binaries.

Low mass X-ray sources are probably descendants of lower mass stars, and various channels for their production are indicated. The evolution of massive close binaries is examined in detail and different X-ray stages are discussed. It is argued that a first X-ray stage is followed by a reverse extensive mass transfer, leading to systems like SS 433, Cir X1. During further evolution these systems would become Wolf-Rayet runaways. Due to spiral in these system would then further evolve into ultra short X-ray binaries like Cyg X-3.

Finally the explosion of the secondary will in most cases disrupt the system. In an exceptional case the system remains bound, leading to binary pulsars like PSR 1913 + 16. In such systems the orbit will shrink due to gravitational radiation and finally the two neutron stars will coalesce. It is argued that the millisecond pulsar PSR 1937 + 214 could be formed in this way.

A complete scheme starting from two massive ZAMS stars, ending with a millisecond pulsar is presented.


Neutron Star Mass Loss Rate Stellar Wind Gravitational Radiation Supernova Explosion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. De Loore
    • 1
  • W. Sutantyo
    • 2
  1. 1.Astrophysical InstituteVrije Universiteit BrusselBelgië
  2. 2.Bosscha ObservatoryBandungIndonesia

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