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Only slowly have some of those secrets been revealed. The O-C diagram Kreiner, Kim and Nha, of eclipse timings seen in Figure 1 shows a beautifully parabolic shape, indicating a constant rate of period change. Figure 2 shows the V light curve of the system with data from to published by Van Hamme, Wilson and Guinan Note the rather large scatter in the light curve which, at first, is rather surprising given that the system is rather bright.
It turns out that the large scatter is a result of intrinsic variability and not observational error. Visual Light Curve. This star is the one eclipsed at primary minimum in the optical light curves and I will refer to it as the primary star. The primary is, therefore, a giant with Beta Lyrae (Original Mix) - Xan Alexander - Mysterium (File) effective temperature of about 12, K. The nature of the primary star is the subject of little dispute. The Beta Lyrae (Original Mix) - Xan Alexander - Mysterium (File) of the secondary object is, on the other hand, still the subject of some debate.
Astronomers had struggled without success for decades to explain the secondary component as a star of approximately Signed, Sealed, Delivered Im Yours - Stevie Wonder - Greatest Hits Vol.1 type F.
Inhowever, came the critical piece of the puzzle. Huang proposed that the primary was, in fact, less massive than the secondary which was embedded in a geometrically and optically thick disk. Wilson explored the disk model in a quantitative fashion and showed that it must be geometrically and optically thick. Later he produced detailed models of the structure of the disk Wilson, ; The Huang model has survived the test of time.
After over forty years, the core ideas of the model form the basis of the modern interpretation of the system. Although there are disagreements about the detailed nature of the disk see Wilson and Terrell, and Hubeny, Harmanec and Shore,almost everyone agrees with the idea that the secondary is a stellar object embedded in a thick disk.
Now we could begin to see patterns. These systems, which he termed the W Serpentis stars, all showed strong emission lines in the IUE spectra, indicative of large-scale mass transfer between the two stars. Readers familiar with the resolution of the "Algol Paradox" will recognize this explanation. When the more massive star reaches its Roche lobe and begins to transfer matter to the other star, the Roche lobe shrinks because the star is losing mass and the separation between the stars decreases.
This, of course, leads to more mass Beta Lyrae (Original Mix) - Xan Alexander - Mysterium (File) and a still smaller Roche lobe. We have a classic runaway feedback situation and the mass loss proceeds on a very rapid timescale, over thousands of years, as opposed to the much longer nuclear timescales of billions of years on which stars usually evolve. Now consider what happens A Veces Vuelvo - Catupecu Machu - El Número Imperfecto the initially lower mass star let's call it the gainer as all of this mass comes pouring towards it.
If the gainer's radius is small compared to the separation of the two stars, the matter stream will not impact it directly but form a disk around the gainer. Viscosity will cause the disk to spread out and some of the material will accrete onto the gainer while smaller amounts are lost to the system via jets perpendicular to the disk Harmanec, et al If the gainer's radius is large compared to the separation, the matter stream By The Lust Of The Witch - Schafott - The Black Flame impact the surface of the gainer and spin it up, like water sprayed onto a pinwheel.
Stars adjust structurally on timescales larger than the rate at which mass is being transferred in this RPMT stage, so the material tends to build up and form a thick accretion disk that engulfs the gainer. SV Centauri is believed to be a system in this rapid, and hence rare, stage Wilson and Starr, and Figure 4 shows that it has a decreasing period as expected.
Eventually enough mass is transferred that the once lower mass Ammunition Train - Swell Maps - Train Out Of It is now the higher mass star and the mass transfer slows considerably. Since mass is Im In Love With My Car - Queen - Live Killers being transferred from the lower mass star, the period increases.
As the mass transfer slows, the accretion disk continues to settle onto the gainer. Eventually the disk will disappear primarily via accretion and the gainer will reappear as a relatively normal but now much more massive star. It will also be rapidly rotating, perhaps at the centrifugal limit, making it a double contact binary as defined by Wilson Eventually, tidal forces will synchronize the rotation of the gainer with the orbit and the system will be a classical Algol, like Algol itself.
Once the system reaches the Algol stage, its evolution proceeds at the more leisurely nuclear timescale. Many details of this evolution remain to be determined and new computer codes capable of modeling stars in three dimensions on massive computing clusters with hundreds or thousands of CPUs are being developed to more fully test our current ideas.
As the late Brad Wood once told me, "The more a system has been observed, the more it should be observed. They will enable astrophysicists a century hence to uncover more secrets about this enigmatic binary that sits high in the northern summer Beta Lyrae (Original Mix) - Xan Alexander - Mysterium (File) and slowly reveals its secrets to those who invest the effort in prying them loose.
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