Living Reviews in Relativity

"The Evolution of Compact Binary Star Systems"
by
Konstantin A. Postnov and Lev R. Yungelson  

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Abstract
1 Introduction
2 Observations of Double Neutron Stars
2.1 Compact binaries with neutron stars
2.2 How frequent are double NS coalescences?
2.3 On the connection between GRBs and compact binary mergers
3 Basic Principles of Binary Star Evolution
3.1 Keplerian binary system and radiation back reaction
3.2 Mass transfer modes and mass loss in binary systems
3.3 Supernova explosion
3.4 Kick velocity of neutron stars
3.5 Common envelope stage
4 Evolutionary Scenario for Compact Binaries with Neutron Star or Black Hole Components
4.1 Compact binaries with NSs
4.2 Black hole formation parameters
5 Formation of Double Compact Binaries
5.1 Analytical estimates
5.2 Population synthesis results
6 Detection Rates
6.1 Enhancement of the detection rate for binary BH mergers
6.2 Note on realistic calculation of the detection rates of binary mergings
6.3 Going further
7 Formation of Short-Period Binaries with a White-Dwarf Components
8 Observations
8.1 SPY project
9 Evolution of Interacting Double-Degenerate Systems
10 Gravitational Waves from Compact Binaries with White-Dwarf Components
11 AM CVn-Type Stars as Sources of Optical and X-ray Emission
12 AM CVn-Type Stars Detectable in GWR and Electromagnetic Spectrum
12.1 Effects of finite entropy
12.2 Going further
13 Conclusions
14 Acknowledgments
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