EAS Publications Series
Volume 13, 2004Evolution of Massive Stars, Mass Loss and Winds
|Page(s)||141 - 161|
|Published online||15 November 2004|
M. Heydari-Malayeri, Ph. Stee and J.-P. Zahn (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 13 (2004) 141-161
Massive close binaries
Astrophysical Institute, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
In the present review we summarize direct and indirect evidence that the massive close binary frequency is very large. We then discuss the binary evolutionary processes and we present a general massive close binary evolutionary scheme. Finally, we highlight the importance of massive close binaries for population number synthesis and the chemical evolution of galaxies.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2004
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