Evolution of Cataclysmic Binaries

  • Bohdan Paczyński
Part of the International Astronomical Union / Union Astronomique Internationale book series (IAUH, volume 8)


The minimum period of hydrogen rich cataclysmic binaries at about 80 minutes is due to evolution driven by gravitational radiation. The nature of the cap between 2 and 3 hour periods is less clear. Magnetic braking may be responsible, but this would be in contradiction with the hibernating nova scenario. It is interesting that contact binaries of W UMa type are subject to little or no magnetic braking.


Mass Transfer Rate White Dwarf Gravitational Radiation Cataclysmic Variable High Mass Transfer 
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  • Bohdan Paczyński
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  1. 1.Department of AstrophysicsPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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