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Paper: Hot Subdwarfs
Volume: 318, Spectroscopically and Spatially Resolving the Components of Close Binary Stars
Page: 387
Authors: Maxted, P.F.L.
Abstract: Hot subdwarfs can be divided broadly into subdwarf O-stars (sdO) and subdwarf-B stars (sdB). The majority of sdB stars are extreme horizontal branch (EHB) stars, i.e., core-helium burning stars with a mass close to 0.5 Solar masses and with a very thin, inert hydrogen envelope. It has recently been discovered that most sdB stars are spectroscopic binaries with orbital periods of hours or days. I review the observed properties of these binaries and discuss the constraints these observations impose on models for the formation of the EHB stars. The sdO stars are a heterogeneous group. I highlight some recent results for binary sdO stars.
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