By Brian Warner
The learn of cataclysmic variables - interacting binary stars containing a white dwarf accreting from an orbiting significant other - is present process an exhilarating renaissance, because it embraces observations in any respect wavelengths. Cataclysmic variables let, specifically, the direct and particular learn of equilibrium and non-equilibrium accretion discs; in flip those advancements additionally assist in our knowing of X-ray binaries, black holes and lively galactic nuclei. This well timed quantity offers the 1st complete survey of cataclysmic variable stars, integrating idea and statement right into a unmarried, synthesised textual content. An introductory bankruptcy provides the ancient historical past of experiences of cataclysmic variables. the writer then is going directly to provide an updated evaluate of either the observations (at all wavelengths, and over all time-scales), the theories, the types of the buildings and accretion strategies believed to be concerned. a truly certain bibliography is additionally supplied to lead the reader to pertinent fundamental literature.
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