What we learn from eclipsing binaries in the ultraviolet

Recent results from IUE observations of eclipsing binaries are discussed. After a general introduction, what we have learned about stars and stellar physics from studying eclipsing binaries with IUE is summarized: several case studies are presented, including V444 Cyg, ζ Aur stars, V471 Tau and AR L...

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Author: Edward Guinan
Conference Location: Toulouse, France
Conference Dates: May 29 - June 1, 1990
Proceedings Title: Evolution in astrophysics
Format: Conference Proceeding
Published: Paris, France : The Agency, 1990
Summary: Recent results from IUE observations of eclipsing binaries are discussed. After a general introduction, what we have learned about stars and stellar physics from studying eclipsing binaries with IUE is summarized: several case studies are presented, including V444 Cyg, ζ Aur stars, V471 Tau and AR Lac. Topics include stellar winds and mass loss, stellar atmospheres, stellar dynamos, and surface activity. Studies of binary star dynamics and evolution are discussed; here the progress made with IUE in understanding the complex dynamical and evolutionary processes taking place in W UMa-type binaries and Algol systems is highlighted. In the last section, the future prospects of eclipsing binary research are explored.
ISBN: 9789290920823