T. Montmerle and C. Kahane (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 19 (2006) 31-49
Evolution of Binary Systems
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Binary stars are abundant. We describe their orbits and the effects of tides and introduce the concept of the Roche lobe and mass transfer. We illustrate binary star evolution with Algols, cataclysmic variables and type Ia supernovae as examples.
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