A tertiary component in close binary systems

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In this short review, the existence of third bodies in close binary systems is presented. Starting with the observational methods used to detect the tertiary component, we continue with the theoretical studies concerning the stability and evolution of triple systems and also of multiple systems in general. We next consider the type of tertiary component and give a list of catalogues for these systems; we end with a general discussion.

Keywords: Catalogues; Close binary systems; Evolution; Light-time effect; Stability; Star

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10556790701312558

Affiliations: Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics, Department of Physics, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Publication date: February 1, 2007

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