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Evolutionary Processes in Binary and Multiple Stars

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  • Author: Peter Eggleton, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California
  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107403420
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  • 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.

    • Peter Eggleton is one of the most knowledgeable experts in binary star evolution
    • The only comprehensive reference work on binary star evolution, this book takes the reader right up to the frontiers of research
    • Includes several mathematical appendices summarizing the necessary methods from the literature as a unified whole, using a consistent notation
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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

    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107403420
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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

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    Peter Eggleton, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California

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