Evolutionary Processes in Binary and Multiple Stars

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Overview

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. Some of the interactions discussed are Roche lobe overflow, tidal friction, gravitational radiation, magnetic activity driven by rapid rotation, stellar winds, magnetic breaking, and the influence of a distant third body on a close binary orbit. A series of mathematical appendices gives a concise but full account of the mathematics of these processes.
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Review of the hardback: '... I know of no book quite like Peter Eggleton's monograph, which describes in great detail stellar evolution in the context of binary and to some extent multiple stars, but also gives a masterly and comprehensive one-chapter summary of single-star evolution, in a very concise style. Anyone who masters the contents will have a deep understanding of the processes involved and of the approximations that are necessary to make progress. ... the writing is clear and readable ... the text is full of nice phrases that are accessible to everyone ... A nice feature of the book, that will make it more accessible to non-experts, is that the detailed mathematical justifications have mostly been placed in the appendices that take up the last 50 pages of the book ... a remarkable book ... it is authoritative and comprehensive and will be a fruitful source of ideas for those working in the field. It should also persuade our extragalactic colleagues that stellar evolution is still a topic with lots of interesting unsolved problems.' The Observatory
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521855570
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2006
  • Series: Cambridge Astrophysics Series , #40
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Eggleton is a physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Evolution of single stars 31
3 Binary interaction : conservative processes 109
4 Slow non-conservative processes 158
5 Rapid non-conservative processes 209
6 Accretion by the companion 231
App. A The equations of stellar structure 257
App. B Distortion and circulation in a non-spherical star 266
App. C Perturbations to Keplerian orbits 276
App. D Steady, axisymmetric magnetic winds 289
App. E Stellar dynamos 295
App. F Steady, axisymmetric, cool accretion discs 299
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