Vol. 447 – Evolution of Compact Binaries

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Volume CS-447
Editor(s): L. Schmidtobreick, M. R. Schreiber, and C. Tappert
Print ISBN: 978-1-58381-774-2
e-Book ISBN: 978-1-58381-775-9
Published: 2011

The aim of this international workshop was to bring together astronomers from different communities to concentrate on the specfic topic of compactbinary evolution, which during the last few years has evolved to be one of the most active areas of research within the various compact binary communities. The classification of a compact binary system is generally defined by the nature of the compact component (white dwarf, neutron star, or black hole) and the evolutionary state of the secondary star (dwarf, giant or supergiant). The many possible combinations make for a variety of different flavours, most of which have a whole community of astronomers researching them. Still, the evolution of all these different objects is driven by a common mechanism: angular momentum loss. The understanding of this physical phenomenon was one of the main objectives for this workshop.

The sessions followed the chronological time-line of binary evolution and included:
(1) Introduction to Compact Binaries
(2) Formation of Close Binaries
(3) Common Envelope Physics
(4) The Post Common Envelope Phase
(5) The Contact Phase
(6) Graveyard or Boom
(7) Instruments, Telescopes, and Tools

The workshop was jointly organised by the European Southern Observatory and the Universidad de Valparaíso. The program consisted of 11 invited review talks, 42 contributed talks, and 10 poster presentations, most of which are included in this proceedings volume. In total, 68 participants contributed to the many fruitful discussions and the success of this workshop.

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