Thermal-timescale mass transfer and evolved donor stars in CVs

Kolb, U. and Willems, B. (2005). Thermal-timescale mass transfer and evolved donor stars in CVs. In: The Astrophysics of cataclysmic variables and related objects, 11-16 Jul 2004, Strasbourg, France.

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Abstract

In the light of mounting evidence that a significant fraction of short-period, angular momentum-driven CVs have a somewhat evolved donor star we present tailor-made population synthesis calculations of newborn CVs and post-common envelope white dwarf binaries. We study the impact of evolutionary parameters on the number of CVs with an evolved donor star. Our models include systems that will undergo a thermal-timescale mass transfer phase.

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