The effects of binaries on the evolution of UV spectral features in massive starbursts*
Astrophysical Institute, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussel, Belgium e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com;firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com
Accepted: 13 December 2002
In this paper we investigate the effects of binaries having an initial period between 1 day and 10 years on the theoretical simulation of the evolution of UV spectral features in massive starbursts. The binary evolutionary processes that dominate the evolution of the considered spectral features are the Roche lobe overflow in Case Br systems, the mass transfer rate and the merger rate. They cause UV spectral rejuvenation in starbursts that are older than 5 Myr.
Key words: stars: binaries: close / galaxies: starburst / ultraviolet: galaxies
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