The ellipsoidal variables
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- Beech, M. Astrophys Space Sci (1986) 125: 69. doi:10.1007/BF00643972
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By considering the degree of orbital circularity and synchronism an estimate of the degree of tidal interaction in the ellipsoidal variable systems is attained. We find that the orbits are (with a few exceptions) circularized and synchronized forP(d)≲2. The highly inhomogeneous nature of the ellipsoidal variable class becomes clear within the framework of analysis and we discuss the evolutionary status of the more extreme systems.