Dynamics of Close Binary Systems

  • Zdeněk Kopal

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 68)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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    Pages 18-79
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    Pages 80-137
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  8. Zdeněk Kopal
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 491-513

About this book


The aim of the present book will be to provide a comprehensive account of our present knowledge of the theory of dynamical phenomena exhibited by elose binary systems; and on the basis of such phenomena as have been attested by available observations to outline probable evolutionary trends of such systems in the course of time. The evolution of the stars - motivated by nuelear as weIl as gravitation al energy sources - constitutes nowadays a well-established branch of stellar astronomy. No theo­ ries of such an evolution are as yet sufficently specific - let alone infallible - not to require continual tests by a confrontation of their consequences with the observed prop­ erties of actual stars at different stages of their evolution. The discriminating power of such tests depends, of course, on the range of information offered by the test objects. Single stars which move alone in space are now known to represent only a minority of objects constituting our Galaxy (cf. Chapter 1-2); and are, moreover, not very revealing of their basic physical characteristics - such as their masses or absolute dimensions. If there were no binary systems in the sky, the only star whose vital statistics would be fully known to us would be our Sun.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Zdeněk Kopal
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-9782-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-9780-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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