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Title: An alternative to common envelope evolution
Authors: Beer, M. E.
Dray, L. M.
King, A. R.
Wynn, G. A.
First Published: 1-Mar-2007
Publisher: Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2007, 375 (3), pp. 1000-1008
Abstract: We investigate the evolution of interacting binaries where the donor star is a low-mass giant more massive than its companion. It is usual to assume that such systems undergo common envelope (CE) evolution, where the orbital energy is used to eject the donor envelope, thus producing a closer binary or a merger. We suggest instead that because mass transfer is super-Eddington even for non-compact companions, a wide range of systems avoid this type of CE phase. The accretion energy released in the rapid mass-transfer phase unbinds a significant fraction of the giant's envelope, reducing the tendency to dynamical instability and merging. We show that our physical picture accounts for the success of empirical parametrizations of the outcomes of assumed CE phases.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2006.11386.x
ISSN: 0035-8711
eISSN: 1365-2966
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2007 the authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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