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Title:Formation of low-mass x-ray binaries
Author(s):Kalogera, Vassiliki
Director of Research:Webbink, Ronald F.
Department / Program:Astronomy
Discipline:Astronomy
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D. (doctoral)
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):X-ray
Low-mass x-ray binaries
Galactic disk
Supernova explosions
Abstract:Low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs) are bright X-ray sources that consist of a compact object (neutron star or black hole) accreting from a low-mass companion that fills its Roche lobe and tidally loses mass. A study of the origin and properties of such systems formed in the Galactic disk is presented, involving the statistical modeling of the evolution of a primordial ensemble of binaries through evolutionary stages until the onset of the X-ray phase. For the completion of this study, understanding of the effects of supernova explosions on orbital dynamics, as well as knowledge of the binary characteristics of nascent LMXBs are required.
Issue Date:1997-05-19
Publisher:Department of Astronomy. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/79026
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-08-08


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