Evolutionary Processes in Binary and Multiple Stars

Evolutionary Processes in Binary and Multiple Stars

by Peter Eggleton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521855578

ISBN-13: 9780521855570

Pub. Date: 06/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Binary systems of stars are as common as single stars. Stars evolve primarily by nuclear reactions in their interiors, but a star with a binary companion can also have its evolution influenced by the companion. Multiple star systems can exist in a stable state for millions of years, but can ultimately become unstable as one star grows in radius until it engulfs

Overview

Binary systems of stars are as common as single stars. Stars evolve primarily by nuclear reactions in their interiors, but a star with a binary companion can also have its evolution influenced by the companion. Multiple star systems can exist in a stable state for millions of years, but can ultimately become unstable as one star grows in radius until it engulfs another. This volume discusses the statistics of binary stars; the evolution of single stars; and several of the most important kinds of interaction between two (and even three or more) stars. A series of mathematical appendices provides a concise but complete account of the mathematics of these processes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521855570
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Series:
Cambridge Astrophysics Series, #40
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Evolution of single stars; 3. Binary interaction: conservative processes; 4. Slow non-conservative processes; 5. Rapid non-conservative processes; 6. Accretion by the companion; Appendices.

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