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Symbiotic Binary Stars

  • Scott J. Kenyon (a1)

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This paper briefly reviews the physical properties of symbiotic stars: long-period interacting binaries composed of a red giant primary star and a hot companion. Two types of binaries produce symbiotic optical spectra: semi-detached systems with a main sequence secondary and detached systems with a white dwarf secondary. Semi-detached symbiotics resemble cataclysmic variables and Algol binaries, but on a much larger scale, and undergo dwarf nova-like eruptions. Wind accretion powers detached systems; occasional thermonuclear runaways produce symbiotic novae - distant cousins of classical novae.

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