Ecology of Blue Straggler Stars

  • Henri M. J. Boffin
  • Giovanni Carraro
  • Giacomo Beccari

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 413)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Giacomo Beccari, Giovanni Carraro
    Pages 1-16
  3. Robert D. Mathieu, Aaron M. Geller
    Pages 29-63
  4. Francesco R. Ferraro, Barbara Lanzoni, Emanuele Dalessandro, Alessio Mucciarelli, Loredana Lovisi
    Pages 99-127
  5. Henri M. J. Boffin
    Pages 153-178
  6. Melvyn B. Davies
    Pages 203-223
  7. Stephen L. W. McMillan
    Pages 225-249
  8. Alison Sills
    Pages 277-294
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 343-349

About this book


The existence of blue straggler stars, which appear younger, hotter, and more massive than their siblings, is at odds with a simple picture of stellar evolution. Such stars should have exhausted their nuclear fuel and evolved long ago to become cooling white dwarfs. They are found to exist in globular clusters, open clusters, dwarf spheroidal galaxies of the Local Group, OB associations and as field stars.

This book summarises the many advances in observational and theoretical work dedicated to blue straggler stars. Carefully edited extended contributions by well-known experts in the field cover all the relevant aspects of blue straggler stars research: Observations of blue straggler stars in their various environments; Binary stars and formation channels; Dynamics of globular clusters; Interpretation of observational data and comparison with models. The book also offers an introductory chapter on stellar evolution written by the editors of the book.


Blue Straggler Formation Blue Straggler Stars Overview Dwarf Galaxies Stellar Population Dynamical Evolution of Globular Clusters Dynamics of Stellar Clusters Evolution of Binary Stars Stellar Evolution Introduction Stellar Population Modeling

Editors and affiliations

  • Henri M. J. Boffin
    • 1
  • Giovanni Carraro
    • 2
  • Giacomo Beccari
    • 3
  1. 1.ESO VitacuraSantiago de ChileChile
  2. 2.ESO VitacuraSantiago de ChileChile
  3. 3.ESOGarching bei MünchenGermany

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