Loss of Mass in Binary Systems


SOME years ago, Sir James Jeans1 considered the problem of the variation in the orbital elements of a binary star in which one or both of the components is losing mass by radiation. He concluded that, in these circumstances, the orbital eccentricity will remain constant, whereas the semi-axis major varies inversely as the sum of the masses of the components.

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    Mon. Not. Roy. Ast. Soc., 85, 2; 1924.

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    Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 11, 274; 1925.

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    Mon. Not. Roy. Ast. Soc., 85, 912; 1925.

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