An Introduction to Close Binary Stars

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 12, 2001 - Science - 381 pages
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Binary systems of stars are as common as single stars. This original text provides a pedagogical and comprehensive introduction to binary stars. The author combines theory and observations at all wavelengths to develop a unified understanding of binaries of all categories. Chapters review methods for calculating orbits, the Roche model, ideas about mass exchange and loss, methods for analyzing light curves, the masses and dimensions of different binary systems, and imaging the surfaces of stars and accretion structures. This volume offers advanced undergraduate and graduate students a thorough introduction to binary stars that will aid their learning of stellar astrophysics, stellar structure and evolution, and observational astrophysics.
 

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Contents

Close binary stars A historical review
1
12 General results from binary stars
3
13 The historical context
7
14 Methods of analysis for close binary stars
17
Presentday terminology
19
16 Evolutionary processes for binary stars
21
17 Summary
28
Twobody orbital motion
29
44 Mass exchangeloss
162
45 Observed changes in orbital periods
169
Photometry and polarimetry Stellar sizes and shapes
178
52 Flux densities magnitudes and colour indices
179
53 Photometric systems and spectrophotometry
183
54 Groundbased photometric observations and reductions
205
55 Light curves of eclipsing and noneclipsing binaries
214
56 Polarimetry and spectropolarimetry
274

23 Relationships between barycentric and relative orbits
34
24 Orbital speed as a function of position
35
Keplers equation
37
26 Total angular momentum and energy orientation of the orbit
39
27 Applications to spectroscopic binaries
41
28 Applications to pulsar binaries
46
29 Applications to spatially resolved binaries
49
210 Applications to heliocentric corrections
52
The determination of orbits
57
33 Orbits from sources of pulsed radiation
99
Resolved binaries
111
35 Orbits from polarimetric observations
123
36 Combined solutions
128
Perturbations the Roche model and mass exchangeloss
130
42 General perturbations
131
43 The Roche model for binary stars
156
Masses and absolute dimensions for stars in binaries
279
62 Detached binaries
282
63 Semidetached binaries
287
64 Contact binaries
291
65 Cataclysmic variables and related systems
294
66 Xray binaries blackhole binaries and pulsar binaries
297
67 Other evolved binaries
299
The imaging of stellar surfaces and accretion structures
302
72 Image reconstruction
304
73 Boundary layers in accreting CVs and xray binaries
337
74 Outflows winds jets ejecta from binary stars
341
Problems
345
Outline answers
352
Bibliography
355
Index
373
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