Close Binaries in the 21st Century: New Opportunities and Challenges

  • Àlvaro Giménez
  • Edward Guinan
  • Panagiotis Niarchos
  • Slavek Rucinski

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Àlvaro Giménez, Edward Guinan, Panagiotis Niarchos, Slavek Rucinski
    Pages 1-2
  3. Edward F. Guinan, Scott G. Engle
    Pages 3-9
  4. E. Budding, N. Erkan, C. Bembrick, B. D. Carter, I. Waite, M. Jardine et al.
    Pages 11-14
  5. Antonio Frasca, Ettore Marilli, Patrick Guillout, Rubens Freire Ferrero, Elvira Covino, Juan M. Alcalá
    Pages 15-18
  6. Qian Shengbang, Yang Yuangui, Zhu Liying, He Jiajia, Yuan Jingzhao
    Pages 23-26
  7. Zeynep Bozkurt, Ömer Lütfi Değirmenci
    Pages 27-31
  8. H. V. Şenavcı, B. Albayrak, S. O. Selam, T. Ak
    Pages 33-35
  9. Pavel Mayer, Marek Wolf, P. G. Niarchos, K. D. Gazeas, V. N. Manimanis, Drahomír Chochol
    Pages 37-39
  10. S. Nesslinger, H. Drechsel, R. Lorenz, P. Harmanec, P. Mayer, M. Wolf
    Pages 45-47
  11. T. Hegedüs, J. Nuspl, N. Markova, H. Markov, I. Vince, H. Rovithis-Livaniou et al.
    Pages 49-51
  12. Zsolt Kővári, Katalin Oláh, János Bartus, Klaus G. Strassmeier, Thomas Granzer
    Pages 53-55
  13. M. C. Gálvez, D. Montes, M. J. Fernández-Figueroa, J. López-Santiago
    Pages 57-59
  14. V. N. Manimanis, P. G. Niarchos
    Pages 61-63
  15. J. M. Kreiner, S. Zola, W. Ogloza, B. Pokrzywka, M. Drozdz, G. Stachowski et al.
    Pages 69-71
  16. Peter P. Eggleton, Ludmila Kisseleva-Eggleton
    Pages 73-77

About this book


An International Conference entitled "Close Binaries in the 21st Century: New Opportunities and Challenges", was held in Syros island, Greece, from 27 to 30 June, 2005.

There are many binary star systems whose components are so close together, that they interact in various ways. Stars in such systems do not pass through all stages of their evolution independently of each other; in fact their evolutionary path is significantly affected by their companions. Processes of interaction include gravitational effects, mutual irradiation, mass exchange, mass loss from the system, phenomena of extended atmospheres, semi-transparent atmospheric clouds, variable thickness disks and gas streams.

The zoo of Close Binary Systems includes: Close Eclipsing Binaries (Detached, Semi-detached, Contact), High and Low-Mass X-ray Binaries, Cataclysmic Variables, RS CVn systems, Pulsar Binaries and Symbiotic Stars. The study of these binaries triggered the development of new branches of astrophysics dealing with the structure and evolution of close binaries and the interaction effects displayed by these exciting objects. Close Binaries are classic examples of the fundamental contribution that stellar astrophysics makes to our general understanding of physical processes in the universe.

Ground-based and space surveys will discover many new close binaries, which were previously unknown. In the future, new approaches will also be possible with highly efficient photometric searches looking for very shallow eclipses, such as those produced by Earth-like extra-solar planets.

Contributions to this conference covered the latest achievements in the field and reflected the state of the art of the dynamically evolving area of binary star research.


21st Century Accretion Century Challenges Close Binary Stars Galaxy Opportunities Star Stellar Astrophysics Universe astrophysics stellar

Editors and affiliations

  • Àlvaro Giménez
    • 1
  • Edward Guinan
    • 2
  • Panagiotis Niarchos
    • 3
  • Slavek Rucinski
    • 4
  1. 1.ESA-ESTECNoordwjkThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Villanova UniversityUSA
  3. 3.University of AthensGreece
  4. 4.University of TorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-5026-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-5027-5
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