The evolution of stars in close binary systems differs from that of their single counterparts essentially in two main aspects: (i) the rotation of each component is directly affected by tidal interactions, which determine the evolution of orbital parameters and rotations of the system, and (ii) the evolutionary tracks of the stars run in considerably different ways when the mass transfer process begins, which occurs when the primary evolves sufficiently and reaches its Roche limit. The present work brings a confrontation between observational data, including orbital parameters, rotation and age, and theoretical predictions obtained from detailed models of binary systems evolution. For this study we have selected a sample of binary systems, mostly with a F-, G- or K-type primary component, with orbital parameters and rotational velocity available in the literature. For the theoretical predictions we have used stellar evolutionary models by Claret 1998 (A&AS 131, 395) and Schaller et al. 1992 (A&AS 96, 269) combined with models of binary orbital parameters evolution by Zahn 1977 (A&A 57, 383) and Zahn 1978 (A&A 67, 162). The preliminary results point for a good agreement between the observed orbital eccentricity, orbital and rotational periods and the predicted values as a function of stellar age. In addition, we present an analysis of the relationship between Vrot/Vk (where Vrot and Vk are, respectively, the rotational and keplerian velocities) and the stellar fractional radius, to rediscuss the synchronization process between rotation and orbital motions.
Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of Brazil
- Pub Date:
- August 2003