Mass Transfer in WD-WD Binaries
Perez, Efrain, Astronomy, University of Virginia
Arras, Phil, University of Virginia
White dwarf- white dwarf binaries lose orbital angular momentum from gravitational wave luminosity emission and mass transfer. Once a star in a binary, for example, expands via its red giant branch it begins to overflow its Roche lobe. This overflow can cause the binary to experience unstable mass transfer leading to the merger of the two stars. Stable mass transfer can also occur in which the Roche lobe is filled but not enough to cause unstable transfer. For this paper we will examine mass transfer of newly created white dwarfs using MESA stellar evolution software.
BS (Bachelor of Science)
Astronomy, White Dwarfs
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