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The Impact of Binary Stars on Stellar Evolution

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Henri M. J. Boffin, M. Moe, L. Eyer, Nami Mowlavi, Isabelle Lecoeur-Taibi, Lorenzo Rimoldini, Berry Holl, Marc Audard, Simon Hodgkin, Dafydd W. Evans, Lukasz Wyrzykowsi, George Seabroke, Andrej Prša, Dimitri Pourbaix, R. G. Izzard, G. M. Halabi, M. Salaris, H. van Winckel, D. Jones, C. Georgy and S. Ekström, H. Sana, A. Mehner, F. Patat, N. Hallakoun, N. R. Tanvir, G. Nelemans; P. Kroupa, T. Jerabkova, C. J. Clarke, M. Mapelli, R. D. Mathieu, E. M. Leiner, F. R. Ferraro, B. Lanzoni, S. Lucatello, J. J. Eldridge, E. R. Stanway
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  • Date Published: May 2019
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108428583

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  • Stars are mostly found in binary and multiple systems, with at least 50% of all solar-like stars having companions; this fraction approaches 100% for the most massive stars. A large proportion of these systems interact and alter the structure and evolution of their components, leading to exotic objects such as Algol variables, blue stragglers and other chemically peculiar stars, but also to phenomena such as non-spherical planetary nebulae, supernovae and gamma-ray bursts. While it is understood that binaries play a critical role in the Initial Mass Function, the interactions among binary systems significantly affect the dynamical evolution of stellar clusters and galaxies. This interdisciplinary volume presents results from state-of-the-art models and observations aimed at studying the impact of binaries on stellar evolution in resolved and unresolved populations. Serving as a bridge between observational and theoretical astronomy, it is a comprehensive review for researchers and advanced students of astrophysics.

    • The last few years have seen impressive observational and theoretical advancement in the field of binary stars
    • Presents recent results from state-of-the-art models and observations, setting the stage for the next generation of observational and theoretical tools
    • Provides an interdisciplinary approach between resolved and unresolved populations, with contributions from respected authors from a range of fields
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    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108428583
    • length: 354 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 178 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 106 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The zoo of binary stars Henri M. J. Boffin
    2. Statistics of binary and multiple stars M. Moe
    3. Gaia and LSST: their importance in binary star research L. Eyer, Nami Mowlavi, Isabelle Lecoeur-Taibi, Lorenzo Rimoldini, Berry Holl, Marc Audard, Simon Hodgkin, Dafydd W. Evans, Lukasz Wyrzykowsi, George Seabroke, Andrej Prša, and Dimitri Pourbaix
    4. Population synthesis of binary stars R. G. Izzard and G. M. Halabi
    5. Low- and intermediate-mass star evolution: open problems M. Salaris
    6. The symbiotic stars U. Munari
    7. Binary post-AGB stars as tracers of stellar evolution H. van Winckel
    8. The importance of binarity in the formation and evolution of planetary nebulae D. Jones
    9. Massive star evolution: binaries as two single stars C. Georgy and S. Ekström
    10. Binarity at high masses H. Sana
    11. Luminous blue variables: their formation and instability in the context of binary interactions A. Mehner
    12. Type Ia supernovae: where are they coming from and where will they lead us? F. Patat and N. Hallakoun
    13. Binary interactions and gamma-ray bursts N. R. Tanvir
    14. Binaries as sources of gravitational waves G. Nelemans
    15. The impact of binaries on the stellar initial mass function P. Kroupa and T. Jerabkova
    16. The formation of binary stars: insights from theory and observation C. J. Clarke
    17. The Maxwell's demon of star clusters M. Mapelli
    18. Alternative stellar evolution pathways R. D. Mathieu and E. M. Leiner
    19. Clocks and scales: playing with the physics of blue stragglers F. R. Ferraro and B. Lanzoni
    20. Binaries at very low metallicity S. Lucatello
    21. Population and spectral synthesis: it doesn't work without binaries J. J. Eldridge and E. R. Stanway.

  • Editors

    Giacomo Beccari, European Southern Observatory, Garching
    Giacomo Beccari is a staff astronomer at the European Southern Observatory, Garching. He is a former winner of the Levi-Montalcini Prize and co-author of the Ecology of Blue Straggler Stars (2014).

    Henri M. J. Boffin, European Southern Observatory, Garching
    Henri M. J. Boffin is a staff astronomer at the European Southern Observatory, Garching. Recently he has shown the importance of binary stars in explaining planetary nebulae, including discovering the binary star of Fleming 1. He pioneered the use of optical interferometry to study mass transfer in symbiotic stars.

    Contributors

    Henri M. J. Boffin, M. Moe, L. Eyer, Nami Mowlavi, Isabelle Lecoeur-Taibi, Lorenzo Rimoldini, Berry Holl, Marc Audard, Simon Hodgkin, Dafydd W. Evans, Lukasz Wyrzykowsi, George Seabroke, Andrej Prša, Dimitri Pourbaix, R. G. Izzard, G. M. Halabi, M. Salaris, H. van Winckel, D. Jones, C. Georgy and S. Ekström, H. Sana, A. Mehner, F. Patat, N. Hallakoun, N. R. Tanvir, G. Nelemans; P. Kroupa, T. Jerabkova, C. J. Clarke, M. Mapelli, R. D. Mathieu, E. M. Leiner, F. R. Ferraro, B. Lanzoni, S. Lucatello, J. J. Eldridge, E. R. Stanway

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