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Symbiotic Stars as Laboratories for the Study of Accretion and Jets: A Call for Optical Monitoring

  title={Symbiotic Stars as Laboratories for the Study of Accretion and Jets: A Call for Optical Monitoring},
  author={J. L. Sokoloski},
  journal={arXiv: Astrophysics},
  • J. Sokoloski
  • Published 1 December 2003
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Astrophysics
Symbiotic binary stars typically consist of a white dwarf (WD) that accretes material from the wind of a companion red giant. Orbital periods for these binaries are on the order of years, and their relatively small optical outbursts tend to occur every few years to decades. In some symbiotics, material that is transferred from the red giant to the WD forms a disk around the WD. Thus, symbiotic stars are a bit like overgrown cataclysmic variables (CVs), but with less violent eruptions. Symbiotic… 

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