The method of spectral disentangling has now created the opportunity for studying the chemical composition in previously inaccessible components of binary and multiple stars. This in turn makes it possible to trace their chemical evolution, a vital aspect in understanding the evolution of stellar systems. We review different ways to reconstruct individual spectra from eclipsing and non-eclipsing systems, and then concentrate on some recent applications to detached binaries with high-mass and intermediate-mass stars, and Algol-type mass-transfer systems.
From Interacting Binaries to Exoplanets: Essential Modeling Tools
- Pub Date:
- April 2012
- binary stars;
- stellar atmospheres;
- chemical composition;
- Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics
- To appear in the Proceedings of IAU Symposium 282 'From Interacting Binaries to Exoplanets: Essential Modeling Tools'