Interacting winds in massive binaries

Gregor Rauw

Institut d’Astrophysique et de Geophysique, Liege University, Belgium

Massive stars feature highly energetic stellar winds that interact whenever two such stars are bound in a binary system. The signatures of these interactions are nowadays found over a wide range of wavelengths, including the radio domain, the optical band, as well as X-rays and even gamma-rays. A proper understanding of these effects is thus important to derive the fundamental parameters of the components of massive binaries from spectroscopic and photometric observations.

Reference: Proceedings of the conference "Setting a new standard in the analysis of binary stars", Leuven, Sept 2013, EAS Publication Series, in press
Status: Conference proceedings