The weak friction approximation and tidal evolution in close binary systems

  title={The weak friction approximation and tidal evolution in close binary systems},
  author={M. E. Alexander},
  journal={Astrophysics and Space Science},
  • M. E. Alexander
  • Published 1 August 1973
  • Physics
  • Astrophysics and Space Science
The aim of this paper is to study the dynamical problem of tidal friction in a binary system consisting of deformable components, with the restriction that the angle of lag or advance of the tidal distortion with respect to the direction of the disturbing companion is small. The fractional distortion of the bodies due to rotation and tidal interaction is also treated as a first-order small quantity, and terms up to the fourth harmonic in the tidal potential are retained. In this linear… Expand
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