Reconstructing the evolution of white dwarf binaries: further evidence for an alternative algorithm for the outcome of the common-envelope phase in close binaries

@article{Nelemans2005ReconstructingTE,
  title={Reconstructing the evolution of white dwarf binaries: further evidence for an alternative algorithm for the outcome of the common-envelope phase in close binaries},
  author={G. A. Nelemans and Christopher A Tout},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2005},
  volume={356},
  pages={753-764}
}
  • G. Nelemans, C. Tout
  • Published 12 October 2004
  • Physics
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
We determine the possible masses and radii of the progenitors of white dwarfs in binaries from fits to detailed stellar evolution models and use these to reconstruct the mass-transfer phase in which the white dwarf was formed. We confirm the earlier finding that in the first phase of mass transfer in the binary evolution leading to a close pair of white dwarfs, the standard common-envelope formalism (the alpha-formalism) equating the energy balance in the system (implicitly assuming angular… Expand

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