Astrophysics and Space Science Library

Giants of Eclipse: The ζ Aurigae Stars and Other Binary Systems

Editors: Ake, Thomas B., Griffin, Elizabeth (Eds.)

  • Carefully edited volume reviewing a rare class of eclipsing binary stars
  • Describes historical development of the field as well as modern observational and theoretical results
  • Provides detailed information on the giant binary star epsilon Aurigae
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About this book

The zeta Aurigae stars are the rare but illustrious sub-group of binary stars that undergo the dramatic phenomenon of "chromospheric eclipse". This book provides detailed descriptions of the ten known systems, illustrates them richly with examples of new spectra, and places them in the context of stellar structure and evolution.

Comprised of a large cool giant plus a small hot dwarf, these key eclipsing binaries reveal fascinating changes in their spectra very close to total eclipse, when the hot star shines through differing heights of the "chromosphere", or outer atmosphere, of the giant star. The phenomenon provides astrophysics with the means of analyzing the outer atmosphere of a giant star and how that material is shed into space. The physics of these critical events can be explained qualitatively, but it is more challenging to extract hard facts from the observations, and tough to model the chromosphere in any detail.

The book offers current thinking on mechanisms for heating a star's chromosphere and on how a star loses mass, and relates this science synergistically to studies of other stars and binaries, and to the increasing relevance of contributions from new techniques in interferometry and asteroseismology. It also includes a detailed discussion of the enigmatic star epsilon Aurigae, which had recently undergone one of its very infrequent and very baffling eclipses. Though not a zeta Aurigae system, epsilon Aurigae is a true "Giant" among eclipsing stars.

The 7 chapters of this book, written by a group of experts, have been carefully edited to form a coherent volume that offers a thorough overview of the subject to both professional and student.

About the authors

For many years Dr Griffin pursued research into stellar spectra, principally of composite-spectrum binaries, at Cambridge (UK), supporting it with observations acquired at major telescopes overseas. She now continues those interests in Canada, at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory near Victoria, and makes her observations there. The prime research objectives are to determine the masses and other fundamental parameters of both component stars, and to examine their evolutionary status. She also champions initiatives to recover the information in pre-digital (photographic) observations through programmes of appropriate digitization.

Dr. Ake is a Program Director at Computer Sciences Corporation supporting the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, the Milkulski Archive for Space Telescopes, and the Kepler Data Management Center projects at Space Telescope Science Institute. His research interests center on evolved stars and binary systems, particularly UV and FUV spectroscopic investigations from space of red giants and supergiants with hot secondary companions. He is currently studying the evolutionary status of cool stars with main sequence B- and A-type secondaries to refine the fundamental stellar parameters of the evolved components.

Reviews

“Thomas Ake and Elizabeth Griffin invited concise but comprehensive reviews of the important aspects of the observation, analysis, and theory of these uncommon binary systems that offer up rare opportunities for probing the outer atmosphere of a cool giant or supergiant when its hot companion is occulted. … this excellent volume serves as the gateway to the study of these stars for years to come.” (Harold A. McAlister, The Observatory, Vol. 136 (1253), August, 2016)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • The ζ Aurigae Binaries

    Griffin, R. Elizabeth (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Observing and Analyzing the ζ Aurigae Systems

    Griffin, R. Elizabeth (et al.)

    Pages 15-84

  • The Special Case of VV Cephei

    Bennett, Philip D. (et al.)

    Pages 85-106

  • ϵ Aurigae: A Two Century Long Dilemma Persists

    Stencel, Robert E.

    Pages 107-121

  • Atmospheric Heating and Wind Acceleration in Cool Evolved Stars

    Airapetian, Vladimir S. (et al.)

    Pages 123-156

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-09198-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-09197-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: November 11, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-35676-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Giants of Eclipse: The ζ Aurigae Stars and Other Binary Systems
Editors
  • Thomas B. Ake
  • Elizabeth Griffin
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Series Volume
408
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-09198-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-09198-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-09197-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35676-1
Series ISSN
0067-0057
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 202
Number of Illustrations and Tables
33 b/w illustrations, 46 illustrations in colour
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