By Warner B.
The examine of cataclysmic variables - interacting binary stars containing a white dwarf accreting from an orbiting significant other - is present process a thrilling renaissance, because it embraces observations in any respect wavelengths. Cataclysmic variables let, particularly, the direct and exact examine of equilibrium and non-equilibrium accretion discs; in flip those advancements additionally assist in our realizing of X-ray binaries, black holes and energetic galactic nuclei. This well timed quantity offers the 1st accomplished survey of cataclysmic variable stars, integrating idea and remark right into a unmarried, synthesised textual content. An introductory bankruptcy provides the ancient heritage of stories of cataclysmic variables. the writer then is going directly to supply an updated overview of either the observations (at all wavelengths, and over all time-scales), the theories, the versions of the constructions and accretion approaches believed to be concerned. a really precise bibliography is additionally supplied to lead the reader to pertinent fundamental literature.
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