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they werproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequencee believed to be largely devoid of

the most minimal stellar group: binary stars (see BINARY

STARS:OVERVIEW). Formanyyears, the only evidence that any

binaries existed in these clusters came froproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequencem the presence

of BLUE STRAGGLERS—stars that appear to be significantly

younger than the vast majority of the cluster stars. The

nature of blue stragglers remains somewhproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequenceat unclear, but an

early and persistent explanation for their existence is that

mass transfer between stars in binary systems prolonged

the lifetimes of the mass-gaining stars. Othproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequenceer mechanisms

involving single stars can also conceivably explain the

existence of blue stragglers, so for many years they offered

only weak circumstantial evidence that binproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequenceary stars reside

in globular clusters.

From the early 1950s, when blue stragglers were first

discovered, until the late 1980s, more direproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequencect evidence for

the existence of binaries in globular clusters remained

elusive. For example, some of the earliest comprehensive

studies of the RADIAL VELOCITIES of the RED GIANT STARS in

clusters, in the 1970s, revealed that very fproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequenceew if any of these

stars showed the long-term velocity variations expected

for SPECTROSCOPIC BINARY STARS. By the mid 1980s it was

generally accepted that the binary frequenproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequencecy—the fraction

of stars that appear single but that are actually binary

stars—of globular clusters was probably uproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequencender 10%, and

certainly much lower than the 50% frequency observed

among stars near the Sun.

The lack of binaries in globular clusters seemed

consistent with some expectations of that tiproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequenceme. Since the

stars in globular clusters are closely packed together, they

frequently pass quite close to one another. Simple models

of the interactions of binaries and single stars in these

environments suggested that binaries with product of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequenceinitially wide

separations (e.g. similar to the Earth–Sun separation or

larger) would be disrupted. It was also believed that the

low abundance of heavy elements in most globular clusters

might somehow inhibit the formation of binproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequenceary stars.

However, from the standpoint of the stability of

globular clusters, the complete lack of binaries became

an increasingly perplexing problem. The gravitational

interactions of stars within clusters tends toproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequencedrain energy

systematically from the cluster core, leading ultimately to

a core collapse to an infinite mass density in a finite time.

Since no clusters show convincing evidence of having

collapsed in such a dramatic manner, it beproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequencecame clear that

something must eventually stop the core collapse process.

The easiest way to do so would be to form binary stars

in the cluster cores during the late stages product of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequenceof the collapse.

The formation of even a few ‘hard’ binaries—binary stars

with very short orbital periods—could entirely halt core

collapse in even the most massive clustersproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequence. The problem

was finding evidence that these binaries actually existed.

When the first X-RAY TELESCOPES were lofted into Earth

orbit, one surprising result was the discovery of bright

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stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequence

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stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequence

Figure 2. A color plot of the collision of two binary stars in a

globular cluster. The lines show the trajectories of the four stars.

Initially, two binaries enter the region, one from the upper left

(denoted by the red and yellow lines spiraling around one

another) and the other from the lower right (as shown by the

dark and light blue lines). As the binaries cproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequenceollide, the stars

interact strongly. The first effect is that the star denoted by the

red line is rapidly ejected into the surrounding cluster as it

shoots off the picture to the left. Left behinproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequenced is a triple system

comprised of the stars traced by the yellowproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequence, dark blue and light

blue lines. However, this triple is not entirely stable as it swaps

stars between an inner tight binary system with a more loosely

bound star traveling in a larger orbit. In maproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequenceny cases, one of the

stars of the triple is eventually lost from the system, leaving one

short-period binary and two free stars wheproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequencere there had originally

been two intermediate-period binary stars.product of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequenceproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequenceSuch collisions are

common in globular clusters, and may provide a way to form

contact binaries even in low-density clusters. The details of any

given binary–binary collision depend sensiproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequencetively on the initial

configuration of the binaries, so it is still impossible to model any

specific interaction within an actual globulaproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequencer cluster. However,

the statistical effects of collisions such as the one shown here can

be estimated and applied to clusters. (Courtesy E S Phinney and

S Sigurdsson.) This figure is reproduced aproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequences Color Plate 5.

sources seemingly associated with globular clusters. With

time, it became clear that these x-ray sources represent

short-period binary systems in which massproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequenceis transferred

from a normal star onto a companion NEUTRON STAR. The

frequency of such x-ray binaries is much hiproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequencegher in globular

clusters than in the rest of the Galaxy, so they form

preferentially in the clusters, perhaps as a result of core

collapse. However, many clusters that shoproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequenceuld have gone

through core collapse do not contain x-ray binaries, so

other types of binaries must exist in these objects to have

halted their collapse.

One of the more unusual types of binaries product of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequencein globular

clusters was discovered with radio telescopes. In 1987,

the first PULSAR within a globular clusterproduct of globular cluster

stars’ evolution. The white dwarf sequence

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