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Ultraviolet studies of interacting binaries

Gäansicke, Boris; de Martino, Domitilla; Marsh, Thomas; Haswell, Carole; Knigge, Christian; Long, Knox and Shore, Steven (2006). Ultraviolet studies of interacting binaries. Astrophysics and Space Science, 303(1-4) pp. 53–68.

URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/k82868g1m474hm...
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10509-005-9016-5
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Abstract

Interacting Binaries consist of a variety of stellar objects in different stages of evolution and those containing accreting compact objects still represent a major challenge to our understanding of not only close binary evolution but also of the chemical evolution of the Galaxy. These end-points of binary star evolution are ideal laboratories for the study of accretion and outflow processes, and provide insight on matter under extreme physical conditions. One of the key-questions of fundamental relevance is the nature of SN Ia progenitors. The study of accreting compact binary systems relies on observations over the entire electromagnetic spectrum and we outline here those unresolved questions for which access to the ultraviolet range is vital, as they cannot be addressed by observations in any other spectral region.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1572-946X
Keywords: close binaries; cataclysmic variables; symbiotic stars; X-ray binaries; evolution; accretion discs; winds; magnetism
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 10860
Depositing User: Astrid Peterkin
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:08
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/10860
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