- Published on 24 November 2020
7. Stellar structure and evolution
Common-envelope evolution with an asymptotic giant branch star
Common envelope evolution is an unresolved problem in binary evolution and a key for the formation of double compact objects. Hydrodynamic simulations show that the orbital energy released during spiral-in is not able to eject the complete envelope. The recombination energy of hydrogen and helium has long been proposed to play a crucial role during the ejection process. The authors carried out three-dimensional hydrodynamic simulations to study the common envelope evolution of a 1Msol early-AGB star with companions of different masses. They clearly demonstrate how recombination energy works to eject the complete envelope.