The Nature of Symbiotic Stars

Proceedings of IAU Colloquium No. 70 Held at the Observatoire De Haute Provence, 26–28 August, 1981

  • Michael Friedjung
  • Roberto Viotti
Conference proceedings

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 95)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jorge Sahade
      Pages 1-9
    3. A. A. Boyarchuk
      Pages 11-14
  3. New Observations of Symbiotic Stars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. David A. Allen
      Pages 27-42
    3. C. Eiroa, H. Hefele, Qian Zhong-yu
      Pages 43-45
    4. Y. Andrillat
      Pages 47-56
    5. Y. Andrillat, L. Houziaux
      Pages 57-60
    6. Nancy A. Oliversen, Christopher M. Anderson
      Pages 71-82
    7. H. Nussbaumer
      Pages 85-102
    8. Mark H. Slovak, David L. Lambert
      Pages 103-113
    9. David A. Allen
      Pages 115-116
    10. Christopher M. Anderson, Joseph P. Cassinelli, Nancy A. Oliversen, Roy V. Myers, W. T. Sanders
      Pages 117-121
  4. Discussion on Individual Stars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-124
    2. R. Viotti, A. Giangrande, O. Ricciardi, A. Cassatella
      Pages 125-130
    3. M. Hack, P. L. Selvelli
      Pages 131-136

About these proceedings


Many aspects of symbiotic stars have long puzzled astronomers. For instance while most students of the subject have considered them binary, many have at different times supported single star models. The nature of their outbursts is uncertain, while the dividing line between symbiotic stars and novae is unclear. In any case doubts can even be raised as to whether a class of "Symbiotic Stars" really exists. Much new data has been obtained in recent years, in particular from the study of radiation outside the visual region. Many symbiotic stars have been studied in the UV with IUE since 1978, while X-rays were det­ ected in a few cases with the Einstein satellite. There have been a num­ ber of infrared and radio studies, and the number of known symbiotic stars has also considerably increased. Furthermore theoretical ideas have in recent years been considerably enriched by concepts of stellar winds, and accretion phenomena in binaries including accretion disks. It was there­ fore extremely opportune and timely to hold the first international meet­ ing exclusively devoted to these stars, so as to consider the new results from such a wide range of observations in different spectral regions, and the conclusions which can be drawn for possible models as well as theories of the nature and structure of symbiotic stars. After a session devoted to new observations in different spectral regions, a session was spent considering some individual stars.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Friedjung
    • 1
  • Roberto Viotti
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut d’Astrophysique (CNRS)ParisFrance
  2. 2.Istituto Astrofisica Spaziale (CNR)FrascatiItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-7836-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-7834-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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