|Author||Wilson, R. E. ♦ Sofia, S.|
|Source||United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information|
|Publisher||Institute of Physics (IOP)|
|Subject Keyword||Physics (Astrophysics & Cosmology)-Stars ♦ Physics Research-Astrophysics & Cosmology-Stars ♦ BINARY STARS- RADIAL VELOCITY ♦ COSMIC X-RAY SOURCES ♦ MASS TRANSFER ♦ ROCHE EQUIPOTENTIALS ♦ TIDE ♦ VARIABLE STARS ♦ VARIATIONS ♦ VISIBLE RADIATION|
|Abstract||Radial velocity curves for the more massive components of binaries with extreme mass ratios can show a large distortion due to tides, as first recognized by Sterne. Binaries in which the effect is large should be rare because nearly all such binaries would be in the rapid phase of mass transfer. However, the optical counterparts of some X-ray binaries may show the effect, which would then serve as a new means of extracting considerable information from the observations. The essential parts of the computational procedure are given. Light curves for ellipsoidal variables with extreme mass ratios were also computed, and were found to be less sinusoidal than those with normal mass ratios. (AIP)|
|Learning Resource Type||Article|
|Publisher Department||Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York City|
|Publisher Place||United States|
|Organization||Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York City|
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