Interacting winds in massive binaries
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