Binaries as Tracers of Stellar Formation

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More than two-thirds of all stars belong to multiple-star systems. Observation of binary stars is considered one of the best methods to test stellar formation models. This book presents the most recent observations of binaries with the aim of disentangling evidence of stellar formation from later physical evolution.
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'… fascinating collection of papers... (CUP) is to be congratulated for publishing this tribute to Roger Griffin …' Webb Society Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521019118
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/8/2005
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's note
Introductory Remarks 1
N-body simulations of primordial binaries and tidal capture in open clusters 6
When and how can binary data test stellar models 18
Statistical analysis of single-lined red giant spectroscopic binaries 26
The formation of binary stars 38
Distribution and evolution of orbital elements for 1 [actual symbol not reproducible] primaries 52
Tidal circularization of short period binaries 82
Composite-spectrum binaries 93
Orbital elements for field late-type binaries 96
Evidences for interaction among wide binary systems: To Ba or not to Ba? 110
Spectroscopic binaries in the open cluster M67 132
Spectroscopic binaries in the halo 139
Eccentricity evolution of a binary embedded in a disk 145
The eccentricity distribution of pre-main sequence binaries 155
A new algorithm to derive the mass-ratio distribution of spectroscopic binaries 170
Distribution of orbital elements for red giant spectroscopic binaries in open clusters 183
Are barium dwarfs progenitors of barium giants 202
RZ Eridani as a constraint on synchronization and circularization times 217
Ekman layers and tidal synchronization of binary stars 229
The distribution of mass ratio in late-type main-sequence binary system 230
The dynamical evolution of G-type main sequence binaries 237
Present state of the tidal theory 253
Infrared companions: Clues to binary star formation 269
The distribution of cutoff periods with age: An observational constraint on tidal circularization theory 278
Concluding remarks 291
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